Level 1: Introduction
- Meet and greet Calleva’s River School Instructors
- Get fitted for Personal Flotation Device (PFDs), Helmet, Paddle, Kayak
- Learn the different parts and terminology of a kayak
- Get comfortable on water
- Basic paddle strokes and maneuvers
- Program wrap-up, discuss next class
Location: Potomac River
Welcome to your beginner introduction to kayaking on the Potomac River- no experience necessary, no stress in sight! Our goal for this 2 hour program is to get you excited about paddling and spending time on the river! We will introduce you to and get you fitted in the necessary paddling gear. Once out on the water, students will learn simple forward and backwards strokes as well as basic kayak maneuvers. Our experienced instructors will make sure you are comfortable out on the water. We will cruise around, keeping our eyes out for any wildlife that maybe flying overhead or on the water. By the end of the class students will be ready to take the Level 2 class and try paddling in small whitewater.
In this introductory class students will be fitted for a whitewater kayak. All of our whitewater kayaks are hardshell with an enclosed cockpit like Liquid Logic Remixes or Dagger Mambas. This class is designed for first time kayakers and is also taken at the start of our Zero to Hero Progressive Learning Package. Any student signed up for a package of classes is welcome to join our Tuesday night Open Practice sessions. See You On The River (SYOTR)!