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Lesson 1 Introduction to Kayaking

Price: $139/person
Age Requirement: 12 and up
Prerequisites:
Able to have fun

Call 303.988.2943 or
Dotsero Lake
Chatfield Reservoir

First things first, this is where we teach you the basic skills that create the foundation for the rest of your paddling career. The setting is calm flat water of the scenic Dotsero Lake or Chatfield Reservoir looking out at the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. We emphasize safe practices using whitewater kayaking equipment and teach you how to use it comfortably. At the end of this class you will be familiar and competent with basic paddling skills and equipment.

Lessons run rain or shine, so check out our recommended gear list for suggestions on what to bring to be prepared.

Location, Dates, and Times:

Dotsero Lake, Dotsero, CO (near Eagle, CO)

Dotsero, CO - Day 1, Wednesdays Dotsero, CO - Day 1, Fridays
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Friday, June 10, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Friday, July 1, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016
  Friday, August 12, 2016
  Friday, September 2, 2016

 

Chatfield Reservoir, Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO 

Chatfield Reservoir - Day 1, Saturdays
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016

  

Classes with fewer than 3 individuals will be rescheduled to another day.

 

Introduction kayaking

- Start time 9:00 am
- Introductions & Logistics
- Equipment
- The Wet Exit
- Fundamentals
- Strokes (Sweep, forward and stern draw)
- Maneuvering
- Hip-Snaps
- Lunch around noon
- Bow Rescues
- Bracing
- Introduction to rolling
- Wrap up
- End Time may vary around 3:00 pm

 

What to bring:
- Lots of water
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Something to get wet in (swimsuit)
- Lunch and Snacks
- Warm dry clothing for when you are off the water

Additional recommended items:
- Fleece or other synthetic clothing (not containing cotton) that can be worn under a wetsuit
- Kayak noseplugs (with a strap)
- A hat
- Sunglasses with retention strap (Croakies, etc.)
- Wetsuit booties or river sandals (must stay on when you swim)

This lesson includes all the kayaking gear you will need including a boat, paddle, skirt, PFD, helmet, splash jacket, wetsuit and booties.   If you have your own equipment, we encourage you to bring it since it is most likely what you will be using outside of this lesson.

 
 

Chatfield State Park

Entering the park from Wadsworth Blvd.:

After leaving the gate house off of take a right at the first stop sign.  Follow the main road about 1.8 miles south. You will pass a road on your right that goes to the horse stables.  The road will curve to the left and you will see the gravel pond on your right.  Take the next right turn on to a dirt road and follow it to a large parking lot. Class meets next to the large pond on the right.

Entering the park from N. Roxborough Park Rd.: 

After leaving the gate follow the main road for about 2.2 miles. You go past a campground and go over a river. After you cross the bridge make a left turn on to a dirt road and  follow it to a large parking lot. Class meets next to the large pond on the right.

The reservoir has a gate fee of: $8.00 or have a Season Pass. This class begins at 9am.

Renaissance Adventure Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.

Renaissance Adventure Guides operates under special use permits from the White River National Forest.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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303.988.2943

Denver, Colorado 80209 USA

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