Kayaking is an exciting activity which requires a high level of safety standards. In order to ensure the safety of the participants, there will be 4 students per instructor. The students are given the top quality equipment which has been certified for use on any grade of whitewater. The courses are based on the syllabus as prescribed by the ACA (American Canoe Association). Float along the wild and scenic section of the Cauvery river. Relax around a campfire on a river beach. This course will be held in the pristine river section of Cauvery near Dabagulli temple on the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.
REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY - Must be above the age of 12 and not suffer from any medical or physical condition that prohibits the participant from partaking in strenuous physical exercises. One must have the ability to swim 10 minutes unassisted, with the use of a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
COURSE CONTENTS (WHAT WILL YOU LEARN)?
DAY 1 - (6 HOURS) - The first day of the course is meant to get you familiar with the basics of the sport. You will be taught and made to practice the following skills in a section of a river that is fairly still. River safety protocol, swimming in the river, gear familiarity and boat control, basic paddling strokes, forward, backwards, side and turn strokes, self-rescue and Eskimo rescue technique are some of the things you will learn. By the end of the day you should feel much more comfortable inside that "plastic shell", inspired to continue to paddle towards new destinations, may they be rivers, ocean coasts, backwaters or lakes.
DAY 2 - (6 HOURS) - River Reading, to be able to "read" the waters in front of us is an essential skill for a kayaker. Start observing the water flows and their dynamics, try to understand what happens on the surface and under it. Learn how to identify and name all the different features that we find in a river environment, and start reasoning on how those features will have an impact on the kayak descent. River reading is a learning process that will take a lifetime and this course will lay down the foundations. In this session, you will be taught to negotiate currents and will be introduced to handling your kayak in the moving water. You will be taught the different white water kayaking skills that are essential to manoeuvre the kayak down the river. River rescue kayaking is a relatively safe sport, but while in the river many things can happen, and we need to know what to do. You will learn how to rescue yourself and how to rescue others through to the most efficient rescue techniques that are preferred in the river. You will be taught to swim a rapid in the safest way, how to use a throw bag, how to take a boat to the shore, but most of all how to decide what to do in case of an emergency on the river.
TRIP ITINERARY (SAMPLE, EX-BANGALORE) -
Day 1 - Depart Bangalore at 0630 hrs. 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM - LTK session on the river. Collect wood, pitch tents, relax and campout
Day 2 - Start LTR-intro session at 9 AM on the river. Depart for Bangalore at 5:30 PM. WHAT TO BRING? A change of clothes to get wet in, water resistant shoes or sandals (very important). Snacks, sunscreen medicines for any existing ailments of allergies, sleeping bags, cup-noodles, bread, chocolates, Gatorade etc. (enough provisions to keep you going for 2 days)
PLEASE NOTE (IMPORTANT) - Kayaking is an extremely instructor intensive activity and therefore to ensure the safety of the participants we have a small ratio of only 3/4 students per instructors. Our students are given the top quality equipment which has been certified for use on any grade of whitewater. Our courses are based on the syllabus as prescribed by the ACA (American Canoe Association). Transport to and from the city can be arranged upon request at an extra cost.What's Included
- Get familiar with the basics of the sport
- Know more about river safety protocol, swimming in the river, gear familiarity and boat control
- Learn self-rescue and Eskimo rescue technique
- You will be instructed by a knowledgeable professional