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Whitewater

Looking to get into whitewater kayaking?

The Australian Kayak School will teach you the important skills and give you the necessary knowledge to make a whitewater river trip a safe and enjoyable experience.

Whether a complete beginner or an existing paddler wishing to improve skill and competence the Australian Kayak School can help meet your goals.

Qualified and Experienced Whitewater Instructors.

Class sizes are kept small to maximise student learning. Max 4:1

Note whitewater is dependant upon rainfall in river catchment and there are minimum and maximum river levels, it may be necessary to travel up to 3.5hrs from our centres with overnight camping by the river in some instances. Check location at time of booking.

Whitewater rivers usually run March to September.

For inquiries please email info@kayakschool.com.au with location and what you wish to achieve or phone 0450832430

Below are some of the whitewater courses currently available at the Australian Kayak School. Remember also that we offer private lessons if you have specific needs. Kayak School locations in Gold Coast Qld, Sydney NSW, Melbourne Victoria.

 

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Whitewater Skills Course

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The most dynamic, goal oriented course to get you onto whitewater safely in the least amount of time. Learn essential paddle strokes, bracing and balance techniques, as well as river hydrology to experience the excitement of kayaking safely in the whitewater.  Group sizes are kept small to ensure maximum Instructor time per student.

Learn river dynamics at grade two whitewater level including features and hazards and how to avoid or minimise their risks. Learn correct paddle stroke selection and technique in moving water along with posture and balance to manouver your kayak in currents and eddies. In addition you will learn capsize rescue skills to get you back in your kayak.

Confirming the pre-requisite Basic Skills Course or equivalent. Your participation may be postponed by the Instructor if you are not yet competent in the following basic skills: 

  • Appropriate paddling attire
  • Correct safety and equipment selection
  • Correct flotation for craft
  • Lifting, carrying, transport
  • Craft setup and stowage
  • Donning Equipment
  • Entry and Exit of craft
  • Spraydeck use
  • Launch and land
  • Wet exit
  • Posture and Balance
  • Paddlers Box
  • Forward Stroke
  • Reverse Stroke
  • Stopping Stroke
  • Forward Sweep
  • Reverse Sweep
  • Combination Sweep
  • Side Draw Stroke
  • Bow Draw
  • Stern Draw
  • Rafting Up
  • Stern Rudder
  • Low Brace 
  • All strokes stationary and underway
  • Capsize and Recovery
  • Capsize and swim with kayak to shore

This whitewater skills course will cover the following:

Extra Skills

  • Edge control
  • J- Lean
  • Low Brace Turn
  • Hanging Draw
  • Single blade use: J-Stroke and C-Stroke

Rescue skills

  • Towline for paddles and boats
  • Boat shunting
  • Capsize and swim
  • self rescue swim with all gear
  • tow swimmer
  • whitewater deck carry
  • deep water re-entry
  • Eskimo rescue
  • HOG Rescue
  • Rolling cover from kayaks
  • Setting up rope rescue
  • Receiving rescue rope
  • Throwing rescue rope
  • Broach recovery

Whitewater Skills

  • Ferry Glide
  • Break into eddies
  • Break out of eddies
  • Reverse Ferry Glide
  • Eddy Hopping
  • Scouting from kayak
  • Scouting from Shore
  • Paddling safe efficient lines

Other Skills and Knowledge

  • Hydrology Theory, Features and Hazards
  • Choosing safe lines in rapids
  • Hypothermia
  • Simple knot tying
  • Tying down kayaks
  • Boat recovery and mechanical advantage 

Course duration: 2 full days on the river. (Home study theory booklet to be completed prior to course start date)

 

What to bring: Lunch, snacks, Water Bottle. Suitable warm clothing and footwear to get wet and swim in, PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, kayak with adequate flotation, spraydeck, sponge.

Please advise if you require assistance with hire equipment.

 

Prerequisites:   Basic skills course or equivalent.  If you book a Basic Skills course AND a whitewater course we will offer a 10percent multiple booking discount.

Good fitness and competent swimmer.

Ability to learn practical skills quickly as it is a fast paced course.

 

Cost: $500 per person

 

Location: Whitewater rivers rely on rainfall in their catchments, runnable rivers may be up to 3.5 hours from our office base, if so far we will camp by the river overnight, otherwise just a day trip each day.

 

Note: We aim to have you succeed, If you think you need more time to learn then speak to us about other options instead of this course.

Bookings: Phone 0450832430

Intermediate Whitewater Course

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This intermediate course is designed for the whitewater paddler looking to learn more advanced whitewater techniques, such as reading water on the move, eddy-hopping, scouting rapids, rolling cover and out of boat safety cover (rope rescue), surfing waves and holes, boofing and running steeper drops.

Group sizes are kept small to ensure maximum Instructor time per student.

Course duration: 2 days

 

What to bring: Lunch, snacks, water. Suitable warm clothing and footwear to get wet and swim in, PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, kayak, spraydeck.

 

Prerequisites: Whitewater Skills Course, competent roll. 

 

Cost: $500 per person  (10% multiple course discount)

 

Location: Whitewater rivers rely on rainfall in their catchments, runnable rivers may be up to 3.5 hours from our office base, if so we will camp by the river overnight.

 

Bookings: Phone 0450832430

Coast to Coast Grade Two Whitewater Certificate Course

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This course is designed to meet all certificate requirements for the NZ Coast to Coast event.

Group sizes are kept small to ensure maximum Instructor time per student.

You will learn river dynamics at a minimum of grade two whitewater level including features and hazards and how to avoid or minimise their risks.

You must download the Grade Two Certificate form from the Coast to Coast website and complete it with your instructor

Confirming the pre-requisite Basic Skills Course or equivalent. Your participation may be postponed by the Instructor if you are not yet competent in the following basic skills: 

  • Appropriate paddling attire
  • Correct safety and equipment selection
  • Correct flotation for craft
  • Lifting, carrying, transport
  • Craft setup and stowage
  • Donning Equipment
  • Entry and Exit of craft
  • Spraydeck use
  • Launch and land
  • Wet exit
  • Posture and Balance
  • Paddlers Box
  • Forward Stroke
  • Reverse Stroke
  • Stopping Stroke
  • Forward Sweep
  • Reverse Sweep
  • Combination Sweep
  • Side Draw Stroke
  • Bow Draw
  • Stern Draw
  • Rafting Up
  • Stern Rudder
  • Low Brace 
  • All strokes stationary and underway
  • Capsize and Recovery
  • Capsize and swim with kayak to shore, empty, re-enter.
  • Deep Water Re-entry
  • Single blade use, J-stroke, C-stroke
  • Shunting
  • Eskimo Recovery/ T-Rescue
  • HOG Rescue 
This Coast to Coast whitewater course will cover the following:

Extra Skills

  • Edge control
  • J- Lean
  • Low Brace Turn
  • Hanging Draw
  • Sweep and bow draw combination turn

Rescue skills

  • Towline for paddles and boats
  • Boat shunting into eddies
  • Capsize and swim
  • self rescue swim with all gear
  • tow swimmer
  • whitewater deck carry
  • deep water re-entry
  • Eskimo rescue
  • HOG Rescue
  • Rolling cover from kayaks
  • Setting up rope rescue
  • Receiving rescue rope
  • Throwing rescue rope
  • Broach recovery

Whitewater Skills

  • Ferry Glide
  • Break into eddies
  • Break out of eddies
  • Reverse Ferry Glide
  • Eddy Hopping
  • Scouting from kayak
  • Scouting from Shore
  • Paddling safe efficient lines

Other Skills and Knowledge

  • Hydrology Theory, Features and Hazards
  • Choosing safe lines in rapids
  • Hypothermia
  • Simple knot tying
  • Tying down kayaks
  • Boat recovery and mechanical advantage 

Course duration: 2 full days on the river. (Home study theory booklet to be completed prior to course start date)

 

What to bring: Lunch, snacks, Water Bottle. Drybag for lunch, keys, valuables. Suitable warm clothing and footwear to get wet and swim in, PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, kayak with adequate flotation, spraydeck, sponge.

Please advise if you require assistance with hire equipment.

 

Prerequisites:   Basic skills course or equivalent.  If you book a Basic Skills course AND a whitewater course we will offer a 10percent multiple booking discount.

Good fitness and competent swimmer.

Ability to learn practical skills quickly as it is a fast paced course.

And a commitment to purchase your own kayak and continue training for the kayak leg of the race event.

 

Cost: $500 per person (10% multiple course discount)

 

Location: Whitewater rivers rely on rainfall in their catchments, runnable rivers may be up to 3.5 hours from our office base, if so far we will camp by the river overnight, otherwise just a day trip each day.

 

Note: We aim to have you succeed, If you think you need more time to learn then speak to us about other options instead of this course.

Bookings: Phone 0450832430

Eskimo Rolling

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Learn the ultimate self rescue technique - the Eskimo Roll.

 

Participants should be confident in the water and be comfortable upside down in a kayak. 

The eskimo rolling course is a private lesson with a professional instructor.

Course duration: 1.5 hours

 

What to bring: Suitable warm clothing, PFD, paddle, spraydeck  kayak. You might wish to bring a whitewater noseplug.

Prerequisites: Underwater confidence and competent paddle skills.

Cost: $150 per person

Bookings: Phone 0450832430