Level Three Kayaking

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Level Three Kayaking

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Level Three Kayaking • Moving Water Dynamics
Ages 12+

We have a river right here in our backyard so why not get out and enjoy it with confidence with our introduction to moving water level three. This is a seven hour program designed for people who have already taken level two kayaking and would like to feel the power of a medium current and work towards the next level river white water session.

To begin your experience  we will be meeting at the Botterill Bottom boat launch at 9:00 am where the students will continue their education with a one hour dryland session covering techniques used on flat water and how they can be applied to moving water. We will also be going over river hydrology and morphology and how this changes the boat reactions. River safety will be a priority in this course and extensively covered, beginning with various river hazards, swimming in current, two person and self rescues, hypothermia, trip planning, river classification, signals and whistles and good boat control. Our goal is to make sure you have control of your boat and not the river dictating your direction. We will also make sure you understand that you should only paddle at or below your skill level to ensure safe and happy river experiences. This course will run approximately 7 hours and will finish at Pavan Park. Prior to this course the students should have an idea of what boat design they would like to use and will be outfitted for this boat  for the day.
In this session our goal is to develop our students into becoming safe knowledgeable paddlers covering a range of advanced techniques with the potential for day touring to multi day tripping or the next levels of moving white water. (note you will be getting wet and asked to exit your kayak if capsized, but no to worry as our staff loves to  help you through this adventure.)
This experience will teach you a variety of advanced skills in a safe and fun approach while helping build confidence and self esteem. From here you will have the chance to advance your training with our continued education programs and establish more confidence on the water. The certified instructors at High Level Canoes and Kayaks are trained in instructing paddlers of all ages and will lead you through age related skills and drills with lots of thrills. At the same time we strive to instill upon all participants the importance of safe paddling in all water related activities.(and a reminder you will be getting wet)


  • age 12+
  • good swimming skills required
  • Level Two Kayaking required


  • change of clothes and towel
  • lunch with a couple of bottles of water
  • swimwear
  • preregistration and waiver
  • medical provisions that may pertinent for the staff

(all information is kept confidential)

Techniques covered:

  • transporting
  • packing
  • safety on and off the water
  • boat fitting
  • entry and exiting the water
  • wet exiting (flipping over in the boat an getting out)
  • hand paddle (body positioning)
  • proper paddle positioning (body, boat, blade)
  • boat balancing
  • forward stroke
  • back stroke
  • stopping forward and backward
  • turning strokes (sweep forward and backward and combined)
  • combined strokes (figure eight)
  • side stroke (basic draw and t draw sculling draw)
  • power forward stroke
  • bracing low and high 
  • edging
  • tripping
  • stern rudder
  • duffeck stroke
  • combination froward stroke, power stroke, edge, sweep, stern rudder, low brace
  • hip flick
  • T rescue
  • throw bag recovery
  • rafting
  • signals
  • river safety
  • ferrying
  • river reading
  • eddy turns
  • surfing
  • hazards
  • swimming in current
  • whistles
  • seal launch
  • moving water roll


  • all paddling gear
  • all water related clothing
  • pfd and all safety gear