Paddling Classes

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Boat Building Class

The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company is now offering Boat Building Classes! Registration is now open for our December and January sessions. Students will build their own wooden flat bottom boat at our workshop in Saxapahaw. No tools or carpentry experience necessary.

 

This 8 hour course is broken up into (4) 2 hour classes.  The classes cost covers detailed instruction, shop time, and all materials.

 

Classes meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at our main office in Saxapahaw.

500$ per build ; up to 3 students per  build.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:30 pm Monday, 3 December 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:30 pm Wednesday, 5 December 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:30 pm Monday, 10 December 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:30 pm Monday, 7 January 2019
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:30 pm Wednesday, 9 January 2019
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:30 pm Monday, 14 January 2019
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:30 pm Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Quick Start Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand up paddleboarding is a new and exciting way to get out into nature while, at the same time, having a full-body, paddling experience.  This introductory course is for those without previous stand up paddleboard experience.  It begins with learning to paddle in the prone position, progresses to the kneeling position and concludes with the stand up position.  Students will learn how to identify the “sweet spot”, conduct basic turns, paddle efficiently by using the “paddler’s box” and utilize techniques for safely falling off the board.

This 1.5-hour course is taught on the Haw River above the dams at both Saxapahaw and Bynum, NC. Participants are responsible for providing clothing and footwear that can get wet, and a change of clothing for the ride home.

Fee: $50 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Quick Start for Kayak

Designed for the total beginner who doesn’t have time for more in-depth instruction, the “Quick Start” course offers a 3 hour, intense introduction to kayaking. The course emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition, and follows American Canoe Association guidelines. Specific topics include personal preparation for the trip, safety and rescue, proper equipment, getting started and maneuvers. A review at the end of the course will help to insure learning.

Fee: $60 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Quick Start for Canoe

Designed for the total beginner who doesn’t have time for more in-depth instruction, the “Quick Start” course offers a 3 hour, intense introduction to canoeing. The course emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition, and follows American Canoe Association guidelines. Specific topics include personal preparation for the trip, safety and rescue, proper equipment, getting started and maneuvers. A review at the end of the course will help to insure learning.

Fee: $60 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Introduction to Recreational Kayaking

Paddling technique, safety and enjoyment are emphasized in this 8 hour introduction to recreational kayaking. Instruction is designed to give participants a solid foundation in recreational kayaking — beginning with choosing the correct equipment and moving to proper weld, entry and launch techniques; balance; bracing; strokes; safety; self-rescue techniques; assisted rescue techniques; and trip planning. There is plenty of time to observe birds and wildlife while practicing various techniques. We will break in the middle for lunch so bring a bag lunch with you.

Fee: $120 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Introduction to River Canoeing

This 8 hour introductory course in the basics of river canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, maneuvering in current, river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. You will also have an opportunity to paddle both solo and in tandem. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife. We will break in the middle for lunch so bring a bag lunch with you.

Fee: $120 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Basic River Safety

Our full-day basic river safety course is geared towards individuals looking to gain confidence for their next river adventure. This course consists of a short classroom session followed by both on-land and on-water activities.  Topics cover from what to wear, essential gear to carry and an introduction to basic river rescue.  At least half of the course is devoted to skill acquisition and practice in a controlled environment.

Fee: $100 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking – 1

This one-day course will provide instruction in the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking.

In the morning session, students will learn about whitewater boating equipment, basic river safety and river navigation.

During the afternoon session, we’ll turn to instruction in essential paddling strokes — forward, draws, sweeps and others — before embarking on a short river trip to practice  eddy turns, peel outs and ferries.

Fee: $120 per person.  A boat, PFD, paddle, spray skirt, wetsuit and helmet are provided.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Kayak Roll Classes & Practice

New Venue and times TBD

 

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

This 8-hour introductory course includes the basics of sea kayking, stressing technique, safety and enjoyment — while providing ample opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, proper weld, entry, exits, balance, bracing, strokes, safety and rescue techniques.

Fee: $120.00 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Private Kayak Instruction

We offer one-on-one instruction for individuals looking to acquire kayaking skills in a private setting.  From beginner recreational kayaking to advanced whitewater kayaking, instruction will be tailored to the individual.  The instructor will emphasize water safety and correct paddling technique.

Fee: $60 per person for 1.5 hours of private instruction.

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga is a natural extension of Yoga – it encourages calm and focus, but it’s done outside, with nature serving as the studio space. Being on the water will add a little more balance challenge too!

In Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, we’ll offer a short tutorial on paddling a board and after a short paddle, we’ll move through a Yoga practice as a group. The practice will be tailored to participants’ experience with yoga. You’ll learn to perform Yoga poses while floating on water. Because of the moving surface, you’ll be engaging muscles that you would not normally, which makes this a fun and challenging class! Adding the imbalance of floating means that you’ll have to use your core much more than you would in a studio yoga class. We’ll finish  with seated meditation on the board and of course some time floating in Relaxation Pose. You may want to plan to get wet; falling off the board has been known to happen, but it can be done safely.

This 1.5 hour course is taught on the Haw River above the dam in Saxapahaw, NC. Participants are responsible for providing clothing and footwear that can get wet, a towel and a change of clothing for the ride home.

Annette Greenway is currently the instructor for our SUP yoga sessions! You can review her available class times below

August 5th at 2pm

August 18th at 9am

September 8th at 9am

September 23rd at 2pm

Fee: $45 per person.  A board, paddle, PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and instruction are provided.

 

ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Fundamentals of Whitewater Canoeing

This weekend introductory course in the basics of whitewater canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing in class II whitewater and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, whitewater maneuvers (e.g., upstream and downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs), river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. You will also have an opportunity to paddle both solo and in tandem. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife.

Fee: $165 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Custom Trips & Courses Available

Throughout the winter season The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company will be offering a wide array of custom guided and self guided trips.

Experienced guides and staff members are available to lead groups down several different sections of the Haw River. Weather and water level permitting.

From simple day trips, extended overnight trips, private and group instruction, to class 1-2 sections of the Lower Haw River.  We can tailor a program to fit your needs!

Self Guided trips will also be available if you are looking to get out on your own, depending on weather.

Call in today to speak with a staff member about what opportunities we have available, 336-260-6465

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleWednesday, 14 November 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleThursday, 15 November 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleFriday, 16 November 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleSaturday, 17 November 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleSunday, 18 November 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleMonday, 19 November 2018
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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleWednesday, 21 November 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleThursday, 22 November 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleFriday, 23 November 2018

Private Canoe Instruction

We offer one-on-one instruction for individuals looking to acquire canoeing skills in a private setting.  From beginner flatwater canoeing to advanced whitewater canoeing, instruction will be tailored to the individual.  The instructor will emphasize water safety and correct paddling technique.

Fee: $60 per person for 1.5 hours of private instruction.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.