Solo paddling is a goal to which many campers in the paddling program aspire, and as part of our overall paddling program we not only teach whitewater kayaking, but also offer the choices of open and closed-boat solo canoeing.
By first building a foundation of skills in tandem canoeing, we ensure that all campers who elect to move into solo boating are equipped with not only the strokes necessary for success, but also the safety principles and river awereness required for tackling rivers in a smaller, more maneuverable craft. Furthermore, the sense of accomplishment associated with setting a personal goal and moving through a planned progression of skills pays huge dividends in self-confidence and reinforces the challenge-by-choice philosophy central to our mission.
As in canoeing, campers start on slower, gentler rivers and are offered the challenge of increasingly difficult river trips as they improve in skill. Paddling progression, however, is inherently personal and our staff work to understand the goals of each camper in the program so that they are taught at a pace which develops their abilities safely and successfuly.
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