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Kayak & Canoe Activities (School Year 2020-21)
KAYAK AND CANOE POOL PROGRAM SUMMARY
Join us for 6 weeks of kayak skill development, fun and games in the pool! Choose from the Sea Kayak Pass for a coastal touring emphasis or the Whitewater Kayak & Canoe Pass for a river running emphasis. Passes will be limited to six students per session. In April we will explore Lake Superior and local rivers on scheduled day trips.
SEA KAYAK POOL PASS - 205104
Learn strokes, draws, braces, rescues, and play skill development games! Sessions prepare you for beginner – intermediate outings on Lake Superior. Pair this pass with Spring Thaw outings in April! Choose one six-week session below.
WHITEWATER KAYAK & CANOE POOL PASS - 205105
Learn to use your legs, torso, arms and head to control the kayak. Develop strokes to maneuver in all directions. Explore bracing, rolling and rescue skills. Sessions prepare you for beginner and intermediate level trips on local whitewater rivers in April. Choose one six-week session below.
KAYAK AND CANOE DAY TRIPS PROGRAM SUMMARY
Sea Kayak Pass and Whitewater Kayak & Canoe Pass holders who complete the pool skills check-list at the level indicated for the day trip can register for the trip. All day trips have an additional fee and require pre-registration at the RSOP Main Office. We meet at the UMD Pool for loading and departure unless otherwise specified. We provide instruction, boats, wetsuit, paddling jacket, cold water paddling accessories and safety equipment. You provide two face coverings, swimsuit, base layers, closed toe shoes that can get wet, water bottle, snacks, eyeglasses strap and sunscreen.
SPRING THAW PADDLE - 205003
Join us for a great afternoon of sea kayaking through ice flows on the big lake! You must pass the beginner level skills check in the UMD Pool with Kayak and Canoe Pass Instructors before the trip.
ST. LOUIS RIVER INTRO LEVEL WHITEWATER KAYAK & CANOE TRIP - 205107
We will paddle from the UMD Outpost across Thomson Reservoir to the Last Chance and Upstream Downstream Class I-II rapids. This blend of flatwater, moving water and easy whitewater is the perfect way to start the paddling season. Beginner level skills check in the UMD Pool is required. Lunch will be provided.
UPPER ST. LOUIS OR MIDWAY RIVER WHITEWATER KAYAK TRIP - 205108
We will make a full run covering 4-5 miles of river featuring Class I- III rapids ending at the UMD Outpost. This is a more committed effort that will feature bigger rapids and requires scouting and portaging of rapids. Intermediate level skills check in the UMD Pool is required. Lunch will be provided.
NORTH SHORE KNIFE OR BAPTISM RIVER WHITEWATER KAYAK TRIP - 205109
We will make a full run covering 4-5 miles of river featuring Class I- III+ rapids. This is a very committed effort that will feature bigger rapids in a remote setting along with more scouting and portaging of rapids or waterfalls. Intermediate level skills check in the UMD Pool and previous river running experience is required. Lunch will be provided.
PADDLING ACTIVITIES OPEN TO EVERYONE
GREENLAND ROPE GYMNASTICS + SLACK LINING - 205106
Greenland style rope gymnastics and slacklining are fun ways to hang out outdoors, play with core strength and balance. You’ll learn moves traditionally practiced on harpoon lines by hunters in Greenland that are helpful in kayak rolling (but we’ll use softer ropes!)
SEA KAYAK HARBOR TOUR - 205013
Experience the activity of a working harbor where ships visit from around the world. If the conditions are right, paddle near the Aerial Lift Bridge and alongside the William A. Irvin, a docked 700 foot ore boat. Recharge for an evening of studying with a paddle in the Duluth Harbor!