Youth Kayak Academy

This course has challenged youth from the Kootenays and beyond for over a decade. In the morning the young paddlers can expect a slow progressed journey into whitewater kayaking. Starting in the lake, learning about the equipment, basic paddling techniques and safety. Over the next couple of days, the students graduate to moving water to study currents and eddy lines and waves. By the end of the week, the paddlers run different sections of the Slocan river in either a plastic or inflatable kayaks, depending on their comfort level.

The afternoon is packed with learning to Paddle Board, Jr. Raft Guide training, ropes and rescues. By the end of the week, your child will have gained confidence on moving water and have connected with similar minded youth. We offer this program to a wide age group to accommodate all skills levels. With the return of alumni students we have the capacity for group splits and one on one sessions.

Youth Week specializes in group leadership, rescue techniques and kayak fitness. Students learn basic paddle strokes and concepts, river safety, how to roll, and more.

Course Times:  9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Suitable for ages 8-12.

Returning youth, sibling team, area local?  Please inquire about discount opportunities for your youth.

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Local eateries offer a wide selection of healthy and organic options to meet any dietary needs. Trails and swimming close by. Nearby camping is available as well as B & B options. Hotel accommodation can be recommended in Castlegar or surrounding area.


Course type: Youth

Duration: 5 Days

Start times - 9am - 4pm

Availability:  July 22-26 & Aug 12-16, 2024

Class of river: II - III+

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