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Whitewater Paddling

Intermediate Creeking Skills

This clinic builds on the skills taught in our Basic Creek Skills Clinic to continue to build confidence and control on increasingly difficult creeks. We will increasingly focus on catching smaller and smaller eddies using advanced bow-turning strokes, overhaul each individual student's forward stroke and blade placement strategies. Student's will also refine their boat-scouting technique and improve group management skills. Special creeking specific safety considerations will be discussed, especially when it comes to strainers. We extensively use on-river video feedback to improve strokes and give feedback on how students can be more successful running particular rapids.

The Deal

Where: East Fork of the Lewis

Cost: $95

How long: 7 hours

Student to Teacher Ratio:  3:1, with a maximum of 6 students

Experience Necessary: The ideal students for this clinic will be comfortable on easier class IV runs like the East Fork of the Lewis, the West Fork of the Hood, and ready to aggressively challenge themselves in preparation for class 4+ creeks. This class is typically taught on the EFL at flows of 400-1500 cfs. As flows vary, we may choose an alternate section of river that will provide our students the best options for learning skills and having fun. Some of the other rivers we have used for this class include the Sandy Gorge, the Breitenbush and Opal Creek. Students should have no difficulty rolling in class 3 and 4 whitewater.

Equipment Needed: Creekboats and drysuits are required for this class. Creekboats can be rented for this class at no extra charge. If students do not own drysuits, they are available for rental at a discounted rate.