Kayaking Day 9: Clinic at Francis E Walter Dam

Trip Start Jun 07, 2007
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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What I did

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

I took a kayak clinic with White Water Challengers located in White Haven, PA.

The cost of the clinic was 159.00 for 2 days, it also included use of a kayak, paddle, helmet, life vest and spray skirt. I had my own equipment so I used that.

The meeting time for the clinic was 9:00 a.m. When I got there I met Bob, one of the clinic instructors who was getting two other participants into kayaks.

We waited around until all 6 who were to be in the class showed up. Everyone was given a kayak, paddle, helmet, life vest and spray skirt which were loaded into the van.

We were taken to the Francis E. Walter Dam which feeds the Lehigh River. We went there for some flat water practice. The first thing we were taught was the Wet Exit, which I already had some experience in!

After everyone successfully completed a few wet exits we went onto forward strokes. We were taught how to track our kayaks in a straight line which isn't always the easiest thing to do in a white water kayak!

Next we worked on sweep strokes and stern draws which I wasn't familiar with. After a bit of practice and crossing the dam a few times we stopped for lunch.

After finishing lunch we worked on bow rescues, hip snaps and braces. I didn't have any practice in any of these so I found this helpful. I also discovered that my thigh braces are still not set right and that my knee keeps popping out.

Overall it was a good day. I learned some new techniques and tips that I didn't know before. I had fun with some good people and had some good instructors.
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