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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 passSEA 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.
WEDNESDAYS, 9:15AM – 10:45AM
SESSION 1: JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 24
Registration: Opens December 28, 12:00am and closes January 26, 4:00pm
SESSION 2: MARCH 3 – APRIL 7
Registration: Opens Monday, March 1 at 9:00am
Meet: SpHC Pool
You Provide: Swimsuit, Towel, Face Covering
Cost: $40 UMD Students only
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whitewater passWHITEWATER 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.
FRIDAYS, 9:15AM – 10:45AM
SESSION 1: JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 26
Registration: Opens Tuesday, January 19, 9:00am
SESSION 2: MARCH 19 – APRIL 23
Registration: Opens Monday, March 1, 9:00am
Meet: SpHC Pool  
You Provide: Swimsuit, Towel, Face Covering
Cost: $40 UMD Students only
REGISTER ONLINE

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 paddleSPRING 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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH, 1-5PM (If inclement weather, we’ll paddle Sunday April 11th instead)  
Register by: Friday, April 9th at Noon
SATURDAY, APRIL 24TH, 1-5PM (If inclement weather, we’ll paddle Sunday April 25th instead)  
Register by: Noon, Friday, April 23
Meet: UMD Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
Cost: $10 Sea Kayak Pass Holders Only
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ST. LOUIS RIVER INTRO LEVEL WHITEWATER KAYAK & CANOE TRIPST. 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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 9AM-6PM  
Register By: Noon, Friday, April 16           
Meet: UMD Pool/Tennis Court (load boats). Then drive yourself to the UMD Outpost in Carlton, MN
Cost: $15 Whitewater Kayak and Canoe Pass Holders Only
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UPPER ST. LOUIS OR MIDWAY RIVER WHITEWATER KAYAK TRIPUPPER 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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 9AM-6PM  
Register By: Friday, April 16th at Noon    
SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 9AM-6PM  
Register By: Noon, Friday, April 23       
Meet: UMD Pool/Tennis Court (load boats). Then drive yourself to the UMD Outpost in Carlton, MN
Cost: $15 per trip Whitewater Kayak and Canoe Pass Holders Only
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NORTH SHORE KNIFE OR BAPTISM RIVER WHITEWATER KAYAK TRIPNORTH 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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 9AM-6PM
Register By: Noon, Friday, April 23       
Meet: UMD Pool/Tennis Court (to load boats). Then drive yourself to the river.
Cost: $15 Whitewater Kayak and Canoe Pass Holders Only
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PADDLING ACTIVITIES OPEN TO EVERYONE

GREENLAND ROPE GYMNASTICS + SLACK LINING - 205106GREENLAND 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!)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 12PM – 1PM
Register By: April 14, 10:00am
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 12PM – 1PM
Register By: April 21, 10:00am
We provide: Rope, crash pad, instruction
You Provide: close-toed shoes, clothing to keep you warm (avoid loose fitting clothing), face covering
Meet: Low Ropes Course behind tennis courts
Cost: FREE!
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SEA KAYAK HARBOR TOUR - 205013SEA 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!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH 2PM – 5PM
Register By: Noon, Tuesday, April 27
FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2PM – 5PM
Register By: Noon, Thursday, April 29
Meet: At the UMD Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
Cost: $10 UMD students only
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