Whitewater Kayaking

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Rogue River Holistic Paddling Clinic

June 21-24, 2018 - Merlin, Oregon

Cali Collective has teamed up with Sundance Kayak School and their home river, the beautiful Rogue, for this multi-level kayaking clinic! This is a holistic paddling workshop, specifically designed for women interested in learning to kayak, refining skills or taking it to the next level. During the day, your instructors will teach you the paddling skills required to successfully read and navigate rapids. Each night you’ll stay at a beautiful rustic campground, on the banks of the Rogue River in Oregon – far away from the hustle and bustle. Each afternoon, when we return from kayaking, you will have the option of participating in a variety of on-land activities – including river safety, nutrition, yoga and more! We even have a massage therapist on-site to unwind and relax in the evening. 

The Rogue River has lots of different sections to choose from rated class I-III. Each day we will run a different section of the Rogue River, depending on your goals and skill level. If you have never kayaked before, you will start by being introduced to whitewater kayaks and paddling gear. You’ll discover you can easily get out of the boat and we’ll learn a few basic strokes to put you in control. If you are already paddling and are looking to refine your paddling technique and improve your confidence on the river, you will begin with a kayaking skills assessment and together we’ll identify areas for improvement. Then we’ll head to the section of river that’s right for you!

Rogue River Holistic Paddling Clinic, 4 Days/3 Nights, $685

South Fork Kayaking Clinic

July 7-8, 2018 - Coloma, California

This is a multi-level class! Whether you have never sat in a kayak or are an experienced paddler – this is the weekend for you! For the on-water instruction, the class is divided into 3 groups – Introduction to Whitewater, Class 2, Class 3 & Beyond. In the afternoon, the class reunites for on-land workshops, a restorative yoga class to maintain body alignment and a potluck BBQ. There is even a massage therapist on-site to soothe those aching muscles ($1 per minute). In the morning, we’ll practice yoga, pack up camp and hit the water for more instruction!

Introduction to Whitewater – We’ll cover balance and control of the kayak, self-rescue and safety fundamentals while learning to navigate rapids up to Class 2. We progress at a safe pace to ensure you have a great time learning on the river and want to come back for more!

Class 2 – On the Coloma to Greenwood section (C-G), we’ll focus on catching eddies, making ferries with finesse, the brace, roll and making good decisions on the river. The goal is to make you a self-sufficient paddler ready to explore the river with friends at the same level.

Class 3 & Beyond – The goal in this class is strengthen your existing skills and teach you some new ones to make kayaking more fun and dynamic. We will be covering such skills as jet ferries, surfing, attainments, the combat roll, making Class 4 moves in Class 3 and how to make good decisions on the river. This group will be on the Chili Bar section both days.

The cost of the clinic includes instruction both days, camping, yoga and Saturday night BBQ. Please note: The cost of the clinic doe not include kayak and gear. We can demo you the “Big 5” – kayak, paddle, personal flotation device (PFD), sprayskirt and helmet. This gear will be there ready for you when you check in to this clinic. CWWC is proud to partner with California Canoe & Kayak for this special event.

South Fork Kayaking Clinic, 2 Days/1 Night, $219 ($259 with kayak & gear)

Salmon River Wellness Retreat

August 4-7, 2018 - Salmon River, Idaho

Join us as we team up with Barker River Trips for four days of Pilates and kayak instruction on the iconic Salmon River! Lead by World Champion kayaker, Devon Barker-Hicks and Pilates Instructor and Wellness Coach, Lisa Marie, on a fun filled wilderness Wellness River Retreat. By combining the beauty of the river and the movement of Pilates this retreat offers not just an adventure but an awareness of how the river moves similar to our movements. Kayaker, Lisa Marie has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years and offers a stretch/exercise repertoire called Pilates for Paddlers which will be integrated into each day of the retreat. All meals will be skillfully prepared by your guides on the banks of the river and are included in this retreat. 

The lower Salmon River gorge offers a variety of experiences for the float boater. From Hammer Creek to its confluence with the Snake River (53 miles) the river falls an average of 10 feet per mile. It is a pool and drop river, offering stretches of quiet water punctuated with the roar of whitewater rapids. The canyon terrain is as varied as the river itself. The river flows through four distinct canyons: Green, Cougar, Snowhole, and Blue Canyons. In these canyons, the walls are precipitous and rocky, and the river is narrow and fast. Between the canyons the river is broader and slower, and the terrain is more open with rolling grassy slopes and rock outcroppings. There is evidence of human presence, including occasional roads and ranches. The Salmon from Hammer Creek to its confluence with the Snake has been introduced in Congress for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River system. On this stretch of river are 21 class III rapids and two class IV rapids. This is a lot of whitewater for the miles covered. 

This unique retreat is open to women of all ability levels, even if you’ve never sat in a boat! Depending on preference and skill level, there are options to paddle a hardshell (whitewater) kayak, inflatable kayak or just enjoy the scenery in a guided raft. So it’s the perfect trip if you’re already a paddler and want to bring a non-kayaker friend who may be interested in getting into this amazing sport.  

Salmon River Wellness Retreat, August 4-7, 2018. 4 Days/3 Nights. $999