Our Alpine River Running Course Class IV-V is looking to make an advanced kayaker into a complete kayaker.
So whether it is big volume, technical, continuous rapids, pulling some moves down the river or heading into a gorge, we will tailor each session to your individual needs. Improving your understanding, approach and technique while running some of the best white-water Europe has to offer!
Kayak Course details
Breaking in and out
Breaking in and out of the river is a basic manoeuvre that we have learned when we first went kayaking on a river, however we now want to improve our eddy skills to enable us to catch any eddy on the river. With the characters of eddys changing on various styles of river we will learn the different techniques that will help us get safely and smoothly into an eddy without the wobbles or getting caught on the edge of our kayak or stuck in the boils or eddy line.
Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features
The more understanding of whitewater we have, the easier it becomes to pt in the correct technique, with a positive body position thus helping us to stay on the line and be ready for the next move or challenge. We will be looking at features such as waves (diagonal, straight, V-waves, green and crashing waves) and holes (friendly, unfriendly and big volume) and the effects this has on our line or route down a rapid.
Understanding and working with Momentum
Both lateral and downstream, working with our edges and understanding the fundamentals of body, boat and blade. We are aiming to make you a more dynamic and proactive style of kayaker.
With scouting it is not just important to see where we need to go but as we start our journey into reading and understanding the dynamics of whitewater, it will help us to plan our line and be one step ahead when we reach that certain point on the rapid or feature.
Safety and Group Dynamics
Understanding group dynamics and slowing everything down at first will give us a great insight into how we would run a typical Alpine style rapid with a group of friends and of course the more controlled and organised the group is, the safer the descent will be. Thus limiting those critical situations and lowering the chances of having a real time situation.
During the course we will cover the type of equipment related to river running and its pros and cons with relation to our kayaking skill and the improvements made in kayaking equipment over the past few years. Plus our future intentions will also be covered and its relationship to equipment will also be approached throughout the course. Also anyone who comes on our courses will receive a PEAK-UK discount voucher.
Instructors / Coaches
All of our coaches / instructors are fully qualified through British Canoeing. They have a wealth of experience not only here in Austria but around the world. Our instructors / coaches will tailor the course so that you learn at your own pace while your kayaking skills will progress extremely fast.
You should have experience of kayaking class IV and upwards whitewater and your roll should be solid. We will be kayaking for around 4 - 5 hours a day, so though you do not need to be an Olympic Athlete you should have a certain amount of paddle fitness or stamina.
Our ratio for the Alpine River Running Class 4 - 5 Course is 1:3. We will not take more than 6 clients (2 coaches with 4 or more clients) on this course and our courses are guaranteed to run with the minimum of 2 clients. This gives you plenty of whitewater action and the opportunity to improve your kayaking technique throughout the course.
Kit to bring
If you have your own equipment then please bring it along for the course. We teach the modern way of kayaking and so if you are in an extremely old, long boat with no edge then we have modern designes kayaks, paddles and equipment that is included in the price of the course. A sturdy pair of river boots are mandatory (no sandals) plus any of your own personal kayaking apparel.
Accomodation & Food
You are spoilt for choice here in the Arlberg. The region offers camping, bed and breakfast, holiday flats and of course hotels. If you would like help searching for your ideal place to stay just drop us a message. Our partners offer great prices if your are coming here to kayak.
Throughout the season you have plenty of options when it comes to restaurants. Be it a Tyroler Groestl, Wiener Schnitzel, steak, Thai food or vegetarian, there is something filling and tasty in our local restaurants.
If you are staying in the local Stanzer valley we will come and pick you up in the morning and drop you off after kayaking. The river shuttle is undertaken with one of our cool little monkey motorbikes. If you need any answers about vehicles or getting here then just drop us a message.
Dates & Prices
We have courses planned on the following dates:
05-07 July 2019 (3 Days)
27-28 July 2019 (2 Days)
20-22 August 2019 (3 Days)
No date to suite your plans? Just let us know through the contact form. We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to see the region from a different perspective!
2 Day Group Course: EUR 270 per person
3 Day Group Course: EUR 360 per person
4 Day Group Course: EUR 480 per person
1 Person: EUR 195 per day
2 People: EUR 170 per person per day
3 or more people: EUR 150 per person per day