Advanced/Intermediate Kayak Class – May

These two classes, like the Basic Intermediate class, accommodate a range of skills. You should have a river roll to join these weeks and be a comfortable Class III boater for INTERMEDIATE CLASS and III plus/IV minus for the advanced boater.

The Advanced/Intermediate Class:

Is designed for the stronger boater with a solid roll and would like to become more confident and comfortable on harder rapids. These weeks are for paddlers who get out a lot and are solid in easy class IV whitewater.

Kick start your Kayaking Season off at Otter Bar. Our experts can help you refine your skills, point out your bad habits and show you what to work on to make you a better paddler

The ADVANCED paddler is exposed to: Intense, powerful, but predictable rapids, which require precise boat handling in turbulent water; fast maneuvers under pressure; rapids that require ‘must make’ moves; scouting. The difficulty range here is Class IV- to ClassIV+.

The INTERMEDIATE paddler will be exposed to: Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges; large waves or strainers may be present but easily avoided; Strong eddies and powerful currents when the river is higher; how to scout your run; river reading skills. This boater should become competent on class IIIplus/IV minus if the instruction is followed.

The above is a general guide-line to determine the class you should take. Our programs are flexible and are meant to accommodate the paddler’s needs & goals.

The month of May in California provides the best whitewater of the season. This is a perfect way to ‘kick-start’ your boating season. Get confidence; gain needed skills for higher water and become a safer and more comfortable boater on this water.