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Our Introduction to Creeking course is designed for Class III kayakers.

We will set you up with a great foundation of skills, knowledge and experience which will put you on the path to running steeper rivers, rapids and drops confidently and in control.

No date to suit your plans, holiday 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 see the region from a different perspective!!

Kit to bring

If you have your own equipment then please bring it along for the course.  We teach the modern way of kayaking and so if you are in an extremely old, long boat with no edge then we have modern designed kayaks, paddles and equipment that is included in the price of the course.  A sturdy pair of river boots are mandatory (no sandals) plus any of your own personal kayaking apparel.

No date to suit your plans, holiday 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 see the region from a different perspective!!

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Group Course Prices

2 Day Kayak Course EUR 260 per person

3 Day Kayak Course EUR 360 per person

4 Day Kayak Course EUR 440 per person

Private Courses

€185 per person - for one person per day

€160 per person - for two people per day

€140 per person - for three or more people per day

Making the move from running rivers to creeking should not be daunting!  It is all about learning new skills well within your comfort zone.  For instance this can be achieved by kayaking a river well within your capabilities, refreshing ourselves with some fundamental skills through body, boat and blade.  By developing our  understanding and being able to implement such skills as effecient forward paddling, water awareness and timing of a stroke will help us immensely when we move onto steeper terrain.

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Early Spring and late Summer is a great time to kayak in Austria and especially creeking.  During the Spring snowmelt we are given a huge opportunity to learn new skills and apply them to the steeper character of rivers and none more so than our home river of the Rosanna.  As it is our home river we know it extremely well and we have the perfect stretches or sections to coach and train on.  We can kayak short laps giving us the ability to get used to the gradient, the speed of the river which in course helps us transform from a reactionary kayaker into a very pro-active creeker.  This helps us immensely with planning ahead, using the correct technique and of course all the fundamental skills of body, boat and blade!


And by breaking down each section or even drop / rapid on a short section of river will help us put each piece of the puzzle together making it easier to learn, understand and attain our goal of running a steeper gradient of river in control with maximum of fun and minimum amount of stress!!

Throughout the Introduction to Creeking course we will be working on various techniques associated with creeking such as:

Breaking in and out of the river is a basic manoeuvre that we have learnt when we first went kayaking on a river, however we now want to improve our eddy skills to enable to nail that small eddy above the next drop or to use the current to help us accelerate out of an eddy thus giving us the speed to concentrate on our main stroke and especially the timing!

Scouting is not just important to see where we need to go as we find that the steeper the river gets the harder it is to scout from our kayak.  Scouting will also help us with an approach to running a rapid thus helping to plan our line and be one step ahead when we reach that certain point on the rapid or feature.

Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features - the more understanding of steeper whitewater we have the easier it becomes to put in the correct technique, with a positive body position thus helping us to stay on the line and be ready for the next move or challenge.  We will be looking at just what happens to the current when a rock hinders the way, the type of technique to use and how we can use these features to help us navigate our way safely down the river/creek and with a whole lot of fun for instance such as catching air!!

Safety and Group Dynamics will also be an important part of our Introduction to Creeking course.  Understanding group dynamics and slowing everything down at first will give us a great insight into how we would run a creek with a group of friends and of course the more controlled and organised the group is the safer the descent will be, limiting those critical situations and lowering the chances of having a real nightmare situation!

Portaging rapids associated with steeper terrain will also be covered.  Here in this part of the Alps our creeks have very steep banks so having the knowledge of lining boats, setting up hand rails and secure foot placement while carrying a kayak is extremely important.  Sometimes just getting to and from the river can require some exposed terrain!

Experience Required

You should have experience of kayaking Class III whitewater and though your roll does not need to be solid you should be making at least 2-3 attempts to roll back up!  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!

Accommodation and Food

We have everything here in the Arlberg Region from camping, bed and breakfast, holiday flats and of course hotels.  Just go to our partners page to see just a few options or drop us a mail and we can send you some recommendations for a great place to stay where you will feel welcome enabling you to relax and get a good nights sleep after a great days creeking.

Lunch is a personal choice and we will stop at a local market or bakery so that we can re-fuel after our first run!

For dinner you have various options with restaurants close by or if you would like a halfboard option then just let us know when you get in touch!

Equipment related to creeking and its pros and cons with relation to our kayaking skill and future intentions will also be covered throughout the course.  Also anyone who comes on our courses will receive a PEAK UK discount voucher.

Group Composition

Our ratio for the Introduction to Creeking Course is 1:4.  We will not take more than 8 clients on this course (2 coaches with 5 or more clients) and our courses are guaranteed to run with the minimum of 2 clients.  This gives you plenty of creeking action and the opportunity to improve you kayaking and have the perfect foundations to continue your journey as a creeker!

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Instructors / 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.  Our Instructors/Coaches will tailor the course so that you learn at your own pace and of course your kayaking skills will progress extremely fast.

Transport

If you are staying in the local Stanzer valley we will come and pick you up in the morning and drop you off after kayaking for the day.  The river shuttle is undertaken with one of our cool little monkey motorbikes.  If you need any questions about vehicles or getting here then just drop us an email.

Intro to Creeking Course Dates:

13 - 14 May 2017

31 May - 02 June 2017

19 - 20 June 2017

17 - 18 July 2017

23 - 24 September 2017

30 September - 01 October 2017

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