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First time kayakers begin by learning the equipment basics – life jackets, skirts, parts of the kayak and paddle – then progress to various kinds of paddle strokes and fundamentals of safe boat handling. Balance and posture also play a very important role in kayaking and each paddler receives specific one-on-one instruction in correct position and wet exits. Intermediate and advanced paddlers then venture further away from the dock as they fine-tune their boat-handling skills and learn kayak-over-kayak rescues, different strokes, and various hand rolls and tricks. By the end of the term, the class is ready to hit the La Junta rapids and the faster water for a little more excitement.

Swimming proficiency is a pre-requisite and life jackets are required by State law.

This activity is offered to Cowboys and Tophands (Grades 4-7).

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