COVID-19 update: safety is our number one concern. All equipment is disinfected between participants and social distancing will be practiced on the water except where it would be unsafe to do so for emergency management. Please note that we will not be teaching the kayak roll until further notice, due to social distancing policies.
This set of lessons is suitable for youth aged 10-16 who want to improve their whitewater kayaking skills.
LEVEL 1 (Wednesdays) Beginner: Must have completed an "Intro to kayaking" course or camp with at least 1 day on the river (or equivalent).
LEVEL 2 (Wednesdays: instructor may adjust groups if needed) Intermediate: For youth who have completed the "Intro to Rivers" camp and/or have experience paddling easy (grade 1-2) sections of the river.
LEVEL 3 (Saturdays) Advanced skills development: youth who know how to roll and can paddle up to grade 3 rivers
Please registered in the level you think most suitable. Your instructors may recommend group changes based on skills and confidence.
Schedule: Please arrive 5-10 minutes early and ready to paddle.
Wednesday evenings 6-8pm
Saturday mornings 9.00-11.00am
All equipment provided (kayak, helmet, paddle, PFD, spray skirt)
Safety is our #1 priority - there will be a maximum student: instructor ratio of 4:1 on the river. All river paddles are weather, skills and water-level dependent. The first lesson in each set will be at Cultus Lake.
Club membership required: $25.
Levels 1& 2 (Wednesdays) 5 lessons: $90 (note: no lesson on July 1st)
Level 3 (Saturdays) 5 lessons: $90 (note: no lesson on July 18th)
NOTE: If you do not wish to pay using Paypal, please email us for details about paying by e-transfer.
PARKING at Cultus:
We are able to park 3 cars for free for 2 hours right in front of the boathouse on the gravel. The parking lot around the boat house is for-fee and regularly patrolled. There is free parking around the strip mall on the opposite side of the street ("Plaza Parking" see https://www.cultuslake.bc.ca/parking/)
WHAT TO WEAR:
YOU WILL GET WET!! Please check the forecast & dress for the weather. NO COTTON!!
A wetsuit and splash top is recommended [The club has a some available]
Bathing suit or swim shorts:
Shoes that can get wet and stay on your feet (no flipflops or crocs)
If you wear glasses (or sunglasses) they should have a tether or strap so you don't lose them in the water.
Extra dry clothes
For a sunny & warm day:
A synthetic long sleeve or light windproof layer in case you get cold when wet
For a wet/ cold day:
Thin thermal base layer +/- fleece if very cold
Rain jacket/ windproof layer (we do have some splash tops at the Boathouse at Cultus)
Wool socks will stay warm when wet