Meet your paddling instructors at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Index at 12pm (please eat a hearty lunch prior to arrival). We'll begin with some paddling basics, getting dressed for the river, and basic skills (about 4 hours) before setting up tents at our private riverside campground near Index. Once your tents and campsites are ready for the evening you'll enjoy a delicious rib-eye steak dinner at our Cafe (vegetarian option available - beer/wine available for purchase).
Meet your instructors at our Cafe for a delicious breakfast before suiting back up for another exciting day of skill-building on the water (approximately 4 hours). Today's goal is to increase your ability to maneuver your way downstream, and gain comfort and independence as an IK paddler. We'll have a mid-morning snack during our river adventure. Lunch will be served around 1pm at the Cafe, where you'll also be able to view (and purchase!) some photos of your paddling exploits - perfect for sharing with friends and family! Our riverside hot tub is also available to you, as well as our selection of beer and wine. Feel free to relax and enjoy your afternoon before hitting the road and returning home.
Each participant must review and complete our Liability/Medical Release form prior to taking part in an activity. Minors must have a parent signature. If you would like to have a copy of this form emailed to you please contact us.
Acknowledgement of Risks & Release of Liability
In this 2-day adventure, we'll cover the necessities of river paddling, including... river safety, an overview of river hydrology, capsizes and re-entry, paddlestrokes, boat handling and maneuvering, and how to avoid common injuries. This trip takes place on Class I-III whitewater and is designed for beginning paddlers who have a desire to safely navigate and enjoy Class II rivers.
On day #1 we will spend time getting familiar and comfortable with our equipment by practicing skills in a flatwater eddy or calm river section. Once you've gained some experience in paddling, maneuvering through eddy lines, and getting into/out of your boat we'll travel downriver for an afternoon of skill-building and fun! We'll be camping at our private riverside campground near the town of Index after a delicious dinner and a soak in the hot tub.
Day #2 includes another down-river trip as we continue to gain confidence and learn basic rescue/safety skills. You'll learn to maneuver around rocks and other objects as you practice your paddletrokes and basic rescues. Throughout the trip your instructors will help you to build your kayaking skills and increase your river safety awareness.
What's Included: Wetsuit (sleeveless), pfd, helmet, booties, inflatable kayak, paddle, instruction, river shuttles, campsite, thermarest sleeping pad, 1 lunch, 1 breakfast, and 1 dinner.
What to Bring: Swimsuit/Trunks, Towel, Synthetic Shirts (such as fleece and under armor - for paddling), Tent, Pillow, Sleeping Bag, Clothes for Camp, Water Bottle(s), Snacks, Headlamp, and a sense of adventure!
We keep our numbers low with a high instructor to participant ratio. Group size is generally 6-12 paddlers.
There is a minimum of 3 participants to run this trip. Please call for private lesson options if you have less than 3 in your group, or to find out when other groups are scheduled.
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Trip includes approximately 4 hours of water time each day.
Course Equivalent : American Canoe Association (ACA) River Kayaking (Level 3)
Additional Instruction and Paddling Opportunities
This course is a pre-requisite for participating in our Main Skykomish Inflatable Kayak Trip and is a great preface into hardshell kayaking.