Learn to Whitewater Kayak in Chile (No Experience Required)
February 15 - 22, 2020
Learn to Whitewater Kayak in Chile
Learning to whitewater kayak as a vacation gives your trip purpose, a group to share celebrations and bonding, daily new rivers and beaches to explore, and learn a new sport.
PHOTO. Jackie learned her roll and was running class III+ rapids by the end of the week. Way to go!!!
Really? Can I learn to whitewater kayak in Chile? The short answer is yes. We all had to learn somewhere, and turns out Chile’s rivers, lakes, and hot springs are the perfect for whitewater development. A one or two week program will give you proper time and practice to develop fundamental skills and explore more rivers. Kayaking rivers is addictive. You see there is something magical about exploring rivers, challenging yourself, the rush of the water, and bonding that has kept all of us kayakers coming back to rivers. Learning to whitewater kayak is your passport to new and exciting adventures with friends team scouting, decision making, and celebrating successes and failures.
Why is Chile’s Lakes District so great for development whitewater kayaking?
PHOTO. Learning to whitewater kayak is your membership into an international community of river lovers and travelers.
Andean peaks, volcanos, glaciers, snow pack, annual precipitation, hot springs lakes, lagunas, and rivers all make their drainage past the Pucon Kayak Retreat en route to the Pacific. Lakes and hot springs are excellent for hot and cold day rolling practice. The multitude of rivers provide more development features for learning kayak mechanics than anywhere.
Beginner Whitewater Kayaker Progressions
Private career instructors will teach you progressions that have you celebrating after each success level. You’ll learn how to paddle, scout, navigate, and run rapids.
Equipment orientation, outfitting & safety.
You’ll learn the key pieces of equipment and various styles of kayaking. Some safety concerns, history, and applications of the world’s most dynamic water craft. What other craft can plunge waterfalls, roll upright, surf waves, and run rapids?
What equipment will you need?
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. When you register you’ll list your sizes and we’ll outfit you win you arrive.
Running rapids, ferrying, safety, and scouting.
Of course, you are going to want to try your skills on rapids because these little boats are a hoot and holler of fun win in moving currents. This is win it gets exciting. We’ll start you on manageable features to learn the mechanics of your kayak.
As your skills progress so will the rivers.
Each day your skills will progress as will your daily new challenges. It’s easy to get defeated because rolling in whitewater is super unnatural in the beginning. But with great instructors and team support each progression and failure is celebrated as a progressive advancement. We’ll keep the adventures and rivers coming, and you keep the good attitude.
DAY 1, FEB 15
Arrival to Temuco Airport (ZCO) between 11 AM to 5 PM.
Boat outfitting, orientation, and welcome.
Potential afternoon lake session pending time.
DAY 2, FEB 16
AM – Kayak history, purposes, equipment, and safety. Roll session.
PM – River run.
DAY 3, FEB 17
AM – Kayak Theory & roll and games session.
PM – River run.
DAY 4, FEB 18
AM – Full Day River Experience
PM – Full Day River Experience
DAYS 5 to 7, FEB 19 TO 21
River options are dependent upon the learner’s specific skills assessment, and comfort of level of challenges. Instructors will assess and provide rivers, activities, and development options. For example, some kayakers may opt for an inflatable kayak or raft to get on more challenging rapids such as our Thursday Rio San Pedro trips.
DAY 8, FEB 22
AM – Optional Morning Lap or Pucon souvenirs and crafts shopping.
PM –Temuco Airport (ZCO) Departure Flights Between 11 AM to 5 PM.