Slalom for River River Runners
Ever wonder how some paddlers look effortless, graceful, and efficient? Sometimes it almost looks like they are on a track and carving smoothly to their destination in perfect balance and rhythm with the river’s flow. The strokes workout is one of the tools you can use to get you there. Paddle strokes determine your course and speed on the water and provide the foundation for controlling your boat. We help you to maximize the use of your paddle so that it provides the same firm control you find from your steering wheel as you drive. Various exercises in gently moving water help you to interact with moving water and develop new paddling habits. We work on draw, sweep, carving and forward strokes, along with techniques to facilitate steering, controlling, balancing and accelerating your kayak. Solid technique and confidence in your abilities provide the foundation for river running. We will show you to cross an eddy line with more precision than you thought possible, gain extra glide with each stroke, and expand the type of strokes you have available to call upon. By drilling on the slalom gates and then taking those drills to rapids around Lock 6 we will help you progress in a tried and true way.
Liquid Adventures top instructors teach and review the necessary paddle strokes so that your technique on the river becomes smooth and controlled. These workouts are an integral component of the Liquid Adventures program at all levels, and designed to complement all our other classes. Beginners and experienced paddlers alike will benefit from stroke technique workouts.
Who: Advanced Beginners and Intermediates
What: 2 hour-long workouts covering:
- Improved paddle strokes
- Edge control
- Ferrying, eddy turns and peelouts
Where and when: Sundays 9:00 am at the Lock 6 Feeder Canal from October 21st to March. Every other Thursday 6-8 pm from May to October.
What to bring: Bring your own boat and equipment. Slalom boats are not necessary, but longer plastic boats are useful. See what to bring for details.
Cost: $60 for one 2hr. class, $150 for package. Can be taken as part of the Intermediate PLP during the summer. Winter pricing: three classes for $135, single class for $50.
Prerequisites: Beginner river classes or the equivalent.
Go to our registration page to sign up and consult the calendar for dates.