A few weeks ago I taught a few kiddos the basics of whitewater kayaking. This in itself is not so strange; I signed on to helping Danielle with lessons for the Bend Kayak School, in my off hours/days, after my first meeting with her; an incredible human with a serious knack for putting people at ease, teaching the ins and outs of whitewater, & a keen eye for risk management on the water. I liked her easy going & intense spirit from the start. It was the middle of one of the s
Another whitewater kayak lesson began for Bend Kayak School this evening with a 2.5 Day Whitewater Kayak Beginner Course that started off at Deschutes Brewery. I love getting to know new interesting students and all that they do in the world. We have a screen writer/film maker, a river guide and snowboard instructor turned marketing major and a Geologist that does environmental cleanup. Our conversation over Deschutes Brewery Publick House food was interesting to put it mildl
Damn! Paddling is fun, especially when you aren't so intimidated that you can finally start having a good time. My last whitewater kayak trip on the Packsaddle run below the Detroit Dam on the Santiam River was my best paddle, and I say that because it was not only the first whitewater kayaking river run I ever had that didn't involve a swim, but also because after whitewater kayak lessons and practice, I am beginning to understand both my boat's interaction with moving water
Here we are on the river last night with a friend/student teaching him a private kayak lesson. He started with beginner whitewater kayaking lessons and has since been on day and overnight river trips enjoying the world of boating. He was fine tuning skills last night in this amazing warn weather while hanging out with instructors who are also friends. We aren't just a kayak school, we are a community and love to bring others into this awesome world of rivers!