With different sections of length and grades we have the opportunity to coach the more advanced creeking techniques in one of the most outstanding settings in Europe.
By breaking down each section, drop or rapid on a particular part of the river, we will put each piece of the puzzle together, making it easier to learn, understand and attain our goal of running some of the best creeks and rivers the Alps has to offer!
Creeking Course details
Breaking in and out
Breaking in and out of the river is a basic manoeuvre that we have learnt when we first went kayaking on a river, however we now want to improve our eddy skills to enable to nail that small eddy above the next drop or to use the current to help us accelerate out of an eddy thus giving us the speed to concentrate on our main stroke and especially the timing!
Body, Boat and Blade
By focusing on Body, Boat and Blade we can work on the more advanced techniques required such as boofing, flaring, running bigger drops and waterfalls and dealing with the surroundings of more exposed or deeper terrain.
With scouting it is not just important to see where we need to go as we find that the steeper the river gets the harder it is to scout from our kayak. Scouting will also help us with an approach to running a rapid thus helping to plan our line and be one step ahead when we reach that certain point on the rapid or feature.
Portaging rapids associated with steeper terrain will also be covered, here in this part of the Alps our creeks have very steep banks so having the knowledge of lining boats, setting up hand rails and secure foot placement while carrying a kayak is extremely important. Sometimes just getting to and from the river can require some exposed terrain.
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.
Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features
The more understanding of steeper whitewater we have the easier it becomes to put 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 just what happens to the current when a rock hinders the way, the type of technique to use and how we can use these help us navigate our way safely down the river/creek and with a whole lot of fun for instance such as catching air.
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 creek with a group of friends and of course the more controlled and organised the group is the safer the descent will be, limiting those critical situations and lowering the chances of having a real nightmare situation!
Equipment related to creeking and its pros and cons with relation to our kayaking skill and future intentions will also be covered 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 whitewater with experience of creeking and your eskimo 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 Creeking 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:
15-16 June 2019 (2 Days)
08-09 July 2019 (2 Days)
13-15 August 2019 (3 Days)
28-30 September 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 280 per person
3 Day Group Course: EUR 370 per person
4 Day Group Course: EUR 490 per person
1 person: EUR 200
2 persons: EUR 170 per person
3 persons or more: EUR 150 per person