Do you already have some experience of whitewater kayaking and do you now want to feel more confident on class 2-3 whitewater? Our Improvers Course Class II - III is the perfect way to make that happen! We have some fantastic sections of whitewater close to our base here in the Arlberg.
No more charging down the river with your head down, instead you will find a new, fun and dynamic way of kayaking features and rapids that you come across along the way!
Kayak Course details
Throughout the course we work on your fundamental skills for whitewater kayaking. Be it from the riverside coached sessions, to theory in the sand at an eddy or coaching and leading you through the rapids, our in depth knowledge and world class coaching will help you attain that goal of becoming a more confident, pro-active and dynamic kayaker!
Breaking in and out
Breaking in and out of the river is the fundamental skill that we require when whitewater kayaking! We work on various techniques on different types of eddy's whether they have stronger powerful lines and features or are tight with small margins for error. With our help you will work on a strategy of catching and making those eddy's you previously may have avoided.
Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features
Practicing looking ahead, reading and predicting river features will help your understanding of whitewater immensely. It makes the skill of reading and running rapids a lot less stressful and it gives you a solid, safe and fun line too. We will also occasionally get out to scout a rapid. This will help your understanding of whitewater, its features and the techniques and timing associated within this.
Running waves and keeping the line
It can be quite confusing to run waves and keep the line as not all waves are the same as we move towards class 3. An integral part of this course is learning to work with diagonal waves, V-waves and crashing or green style of waves.
Body position and forward paddling
While kayaking on the river your body position and the skill of forward paddling are fundamental to everything that we do. A dynamic forward paddle stroke is the key to building up confidence and getting to where you want to be on the river. Our body position also affects how we kayak, our boat reacts and how we rund rapids. This is an essential skill that will be continually worked on throughout the duration of the course.
Techniques like the draw stroke on the move and the bow rudder are important in the higher river grades and it is on this course where we start our journey using them correctly and efficiently. A great way to do this is with a session on our secluded mountain lake and with no distractions from the river and its current it is the perfect place to understand and get a feel for your paddle blade, before bringing it into whitewater.
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 knowledge of the German speaking Alps is second to none, which mean we will kayak the right river for your technique, goals and water level. We live and breath kayaking here from our Arlberg base and this will shine through during your stay. Also our coaches / instructors speak fluent English, German and some speak Spanish.
You should have some experience of kayaking class 2 whitewater. 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 class 2 -3 whitewater is 1:4. This gives you plenty of whitewater action and the opportunity to improve your kayaking while having the knowledge that your coach / instructor will spend time with everyone. All of our courses are guaranteed to run with just the minimum of two clients, what better way is there to improve your kayaking and take it up a level.
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 - 06 May 2018 (2 days)
- 10 - 13 May 2018 (4 days)
- 19 - 21 May 2018 (3 days)
- 31 May - 03 June 2018 (4 days)
- 11 - 12 June 2018 (2 days)
- 02 - 04 July 2018 (3 days)
- 07 - 08 July 2018 (2 days)
- 14 - 16 July 2018 (3 days)
- 06 - 07 August 2018 (2 days)
- 18 - 20 August 2018 (3 days)
- 25 - 27 August 2018 (3 days)
- 03 - 05 September 2018 (3 days)
- 22 - 24 September 2018 (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