CharlotteKayaker
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CharlotteKayaker
Does anyone have spare mini cell foam or an old cracked boat that they don't want?

Need the foam for a c1 project and the plastic for some welding.
CharlotteKayaker
Hey Boatertalk!

Do you or anyone you know feel like tuning up or increasing your paddling skill set? The USNWC has started back up their Saturday morning ADULT DEVELOPMENT clinics!

ADULT DEVELOPMENT
Complete your kayaking knowledge with this skill application lesson focused on essential but often underutilized paddling skills. Adult Development lessons tackle a specific topic each week and discuss how to apply your basic fundamentals in all river situations. Adult Development classes typically take place in a class II+-III environment providing a variety of river features for skill application.

Instructor ratio: 4 students to 1 instructor

Skill prerequisites: Two Day Kayaking – 101, Intro to Kayaking Package, Five Day Intro to Kayaking, or experience in at least class II whitewater and a reliable roll

Duration: Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

Price: $35

Available dates (click on desired date to register. Bookings should be made at least 48 hours in advance):

July 6 – Introduction to Hole Surfing
July 13 – Boat Based Rescue Techniques
July 20 – Throw Ropes Basics
July 27 – Using River Features
August 3 – Nailing the Combat Roll
August 10 – The Importance of Paddling Backwards
August 17 – Introduction to Boofing
August 24 – How to Catch Small Eddies
September 7 – Introduction to Stern Squirts
September 21 – Nailing the Combat Roll
September 28 – Test Your Skills – Attainments

https://usnwc.org/learn/instruction-certification/instruction/whitewater-instruction/single-whitewater-kayak-lessons/

Also we are celebrating our Country's independence on July 3rd and 4th. Come out for instruction and stay for the festival.

https://usnwc.org/relax/festivals/fourth-of-july-celebration/

SYOTR,

Dwight
ACA Level 4 Kayak instructor
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Charlotte, NC 28214
704.391.3900 x 195 www.usnwc.org
CharlotteKayaker
Hey fellow Boater-talkers!

Do you or anyone you know feel like tuning up or increasing your paddling skill set? The USNWC has started back up their Saturday morning ADULT DEVELOPMENT clinics! This is a great way to fine tune certain skills whether you are coming "off the couch" or just eager to be a more proficient paddler.


ADULT DEVELOPMENT
Complete your kayaking knowledge with this skill application lesson focused on essential but often underutilized paddling skills. Adult Development lessons tackle a specific topic each week and discuss how to apply your basic fundamentals in all river situations. Adult Development classes typically take place in a class II+-III environment providing a variety of river features for skill application.

Instructor ratio: 4 students to 1 instructor

Skill prerequisites: Two Day Kayaking – 101, Intro to Kayaking Package, Five Day Intro to Kayaking, or experience in at least class II whitewater and a reliable roll

Duration: Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

Price: $35

Available dates (click on desired date to register. Bookings should be made at least 48 hours in advance):

May 4 – Nailing the Combat Roll
May 18 – Boat Based Rescue Techniques
June 1 – Throw Ropes Basics
June 8 – Introduction to Boofing
June 15 – Nailing the Combat Roll
June 22 – How to Catch Small Eddies
June 29 – Introduction to Wave Surfing
July 6 – Introduction to Hole Surfing
July 13 – Boat Based Rescue Techniques
July 20 – Throw Ropes Basics
July 27 – Using River Features
August 3 – Nailing the Combat Roll
August 10 – The Importance of Paddling Backwards
August 17 – Introduction to Boofing
August 24 – How to Catch Small Eddies
September 7 – Introduction to Stern Squirts
September 21 – Nailing the Combat Roll
September 28 – Test Your Skills – Attainments

https://usnwc.org/learn/instruction-certification/instruction/whitewater-instruction/single-whitewater-kayak-lessons/

SYOTR,

Dwight
ACA Level 4 Kayak instructor
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Charlotte, NC 28214
704.391.3900 x 195 www.usnwc.org
CharlotteKayaker
Lot's of good events, races and clinics going on during the fest.

https://tuckfest.usnwc.org/schedule/

For further inquires please call the Kayak Center at 704-391-3900 ext.195

SYOTR,

Dwight
USNWC - ACA Level 4 Instructor
704-391-3900 ext.195
USNWC.org
CharlotteKayaker
Try this forum: https://www.npmb.com/

Some great stuff up in Vermont too if you are driving and have some time to swing over. New Haven Ledges are a great run and are about 2 hrs 45 min north from Deerfield. https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2992/
CharlotteKayaker
Looks like some watersheds are up while others are fairly moderate but would like to have some visuals or any wood beta?
CharlotteKayaker
There is a family that comes to the USNWC often and their children use the Spud on the class III channel. Seems to handle really well and a fun way to get youth onto the water whom have apprehensions about being enclosed within a decked boat.

I have not heard any issues with durability either. which is a plus.
CharlotteKayaker
Wood reports etc. What's the correlation been on the bridge gauge in regards to the AW page? It used to be a foot lower on the bridge than what it showed online.
CharlotteKayaker
A zero degree paddle may be easier to transition to initially as opposed to directly moving to a left handed control. Although both require focusing on each stroke by sight and resisting the urge to place the stroke in the water by "feeling". I occasionally rotate the degrees and control hand of the paddles I use and if I don't pay attention I inadvertently have missed some strokes.

Once I begging to paddle with a different blade on flat water for a few hours I can start to get the grasp of it before transition to current. Have you tried any weight lifting specific gloves that have tensions on certain digits? Which digits were injured?
CharlotteKayaker
Ran Big Hungry at 12 inches the other day. Had quite a few solid trees down but all passable. One of the easier Boulder garden rapids had a tree in RL.

Although there were some other trees down all was passable but the entrance rapid to the mini gorge near the end. The top of a tree was solidly wedged in the drop hanging from RR. About 6 inches in diameter but none of us had a saw. Could be cut out in sections fairly easily.

We portaged on RR by walking along the narrows gorge wall and seal launched back in to finish the last two rapids in the gorge.

At higher water it would be hard to catch the Eddy on RR to portage or to remove the tree.

Keep an eye out
CharlotteKayaker
Ran Big Hungry at 12 inches the other day. Had quite a few solid trees down but all passable. One of the easier Boulder garden rapids had a tree in RL.

Although there were some other trees down all was passable but the entrance rapid to the mini gorge near the end. The top of a tree was solidly wedged in the drop hanging from RR. About 6 inches in diameter but none of us had a saw. Could be cut out in sections fairly easily.

We portaged on RR by walking along the narrows gorge wall and seal launched back in to finish the last two rapids in the gorge.

At higher water it would be hard to catch the Eddy on RR to portage or to remove the tree.

Keep an eye out
CharlotteKayaker
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BoaterTalk Spot on rescue! 1
Quick and effective rescue. The rescuer made sure they were safe as well as their gear prior to helping the person in need. Plus no gear was lost.
CharlotteKayaker
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BoaterTalk Agreed 1
But so should everyone else that uses BT on a regular basis.
CharlotteKayaker
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BoaterTalk Anytime!
The USNWC is a great place to visit for both paddling, music festivals and all the other outdoor activities that it has available. For paddling it is a great training ground to prepare for natural rivers. I think the Burn III is a great river running boat and your sizing would place you in an XL. http://www.pyranha.com/kayaks.php?kayak=Burn%20III

However..you should still try other boats first and not just "jump" on a good deal.

SYOTR,

Dwight
ACA Level 4 Kayak instructor
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Charlotte, NC 28214
704.391.3900 x 195 www.usnwc.org
CharlotteKayaker
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BoaterTalk Demo, Demo & Demo 1
Albeit you have heard that before, some boats will just feel differently both in the water and also the way that they fit you in comfort.

While most of your friends are paddling play boats your safest bet getting into the sport is to have a river running platform that can still have the ability to be sporty. Boats that come to mind with regards to your height and weight and as others have mentioned are Dagger Mamba 8.6/Dagger Phantom/Dagger Axiom 9.0/ Liquid Logic Remix 79/Liquid Logic Mullet/Pyranha Machno Large/Pyranha 9R Large.

Although you have being using SOT's and rafts, these boats will perform very differently than you are used to and I would suggest that you take an introduction class where you would be able to demo one of the above boats. Being able to try out and get a hands on feel for different boats under the guidance of an instructor can make all the difference.

Depending where you live there are many options; The NOC/ Endless River Adventures/ H2O Dreams or The USNWC for starters.

As a side note the USNWC will be having a used boat sale on Saturday, October the 20th.

SYOTR,

Dwight
ACA Level 4 Kayak instructor
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Charlotte, NC 28214
704.391.3900 x 195 www.usnwc.org

https://usnwc.org/learn/instruction-certification/instruction/whitewater-instruction/beginner-whitewater-kayaking/
CharlotteKayaker
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Get your throwbar inside a right sized drybag , take a look at your watch ,now get it out ,,,,, if you needed more than 8 seconds , you are too old to paddle
CharlotteKayaker
From the time I step foot near a river to the time I walk back to the shuttle vehicle I'll have (1) 50 ft rope on my person and (1) 70 ft rope in my water craft.

If you want a dryer rope get a dryer spray skirt. 30 seconds makes all the difference when someone is trying to hold their breath. Especially when most of the times I've used my rope is when I come upon situations in play as opposed to when I have set safety.