Throughout the week we will be working on your fundamental skills as a whitewater kayaker. From riverside sessions, to theory in the sand, or coaching in the swimming pool, all of these locations alongside our in depth knowledge and world class coaching will help you attain the goal of becoming a confident class 3 kayaker!
Dates: 24 June - 01 July 2017
22 - 29 July 2017
12 - 19 August 2017
09 - 16 September 2017
Coaches / Guides
All of our Instructors/Coaches are fully qualified through British Canoeing and have a wealth of experience teaching kayaking not just in Austria and the German speaking Alps but all over the world. We know the German speaking Alps extremely well and are positive that you will not only be blown away by the variety of rivers we will kayak but just how much your kayaking will improve over the week!
You should have some experience of kayaking class II whitewater and the techniques associated that are required.
We will be kayaking for around 4-5 hours a day, so though you do not need to be an Olympic Athlete you should have a certain amount of paddle fitness or stamina!
Our ratio for class II-III white-water and upwards is 1:4
We will not take more than 6 clients on any of these trips and our trips are guaranteed to run with the minimum of 2 clients. This gives you plenty of whitewater action and the opportunity to improve your kayaking and move up a level!
Accommodation and Food
There is no need to rough it on any of our trips. We use some niche local bed and breakfast accommodation, where you will be made to feel welcome enabling you to relax and get a goods night sleep after a great day of kayaking. Just follow this link for more information and photos about our accommodation.
Lunch is a personal choice and we will stop at a local market and bakery so that we can re-fuel after our first run!
For dinner you have the option of various restaurants close by or if you would like a halfboard option then just let us know when you get in touch!
One of the biggest challengers facing a kayaker is moving up a grade! As a class 2 kayaker it is a big step up to class 3 but with some world class coaching and a solid foundation of skills and understanding of whitewater the step up to class 3 becomes a whole lot easier! We spend 7 days on developing your skills, knowledge and understanding to attain just that goal!
Having great technique is important but so is the understanding of those techniques and how we use them in a very dynamic moving situation, ie: whitewater!
So by breaking it down and working on each piece of the puzzle we make it easier to learn, understand and attain our goal which will also help us keep getting it right until it becomes second nature.
Breaking in and out of the river is a basic manoeuvre but with nearly every eddy being different to the other on the river we will work together to improve our fundamental techniques but also develop and work on new techniques and ideas enabling us to become more confident.
Scouting is not just important to see where we need to go but it can give us information about the river and what features could help or hinder our line down the rapid. We can also plan ahead and be one step ahead when we get to that certain point on the rapid of even feature.
Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features the more understanding of whitewater we have the easier it becomes to read and run rapids. Yes we do need to get out of kayaks now and again to scout but the more proficient we become at reading whitewater the more we will develop as kayakers.
Running waves and keeping the line can be called the bread and butter part of kayaking, not every wave on a class 3 rapid is straight and simple. Learning to deal with and paddle diagonal waves, V waves, crashing or green waves is an integral part of this course.
Eskimo roll is now becoming more important and having the knowledge and necessary skill to roll in class 3 whitewater gives us a HUGE advantage as sometimes we will make a mistake but having the confidence to stay in the kayak, set up and execute a roll will give us a great deal of confidence and of course satisfaction!
Learning to surf waves is great fun, in fact it is extremely addictive. However, it also gives us the ability to control our kayak, get feedback from the wave, boat and of course paddle while really helping us gain knowledge and understanding of the river.
The Lake is also a great place for us to work on boat awareness and control, It also helps us link, modify and blend strokes together in a placid environment giving us a solid foundation to take to the river. As all world class coaches and kayakers will tell you: "time spent on a lake is seldom wasted!"
The late Summer and early Autumn is a great time to kayak in Austria and none more so for the class 2 kayaker. The cool nights and crisp early mornings make for the perfect training ground, with plenty of features that are now becoming much more forgiving giving us the ideal opportunity to make the "big" step up to class 3. Be it the beautiful River Lech set in stunning scenery, the River Rosanna with its fast continuous nature and the various sections of the River Inn both in Austria and Switzerland we have the perfect training ground to improve your skills, knowledge and most importantly confidence!
No date to suit your plans, holidays or needs?
Just drop us an email or give us a call. We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to improve your kayaking and to move up a grade!
Throughout the course we will be working on various techniques associated with whitewater kayaking at different features on and off the river.