I was just looking for some specific, area-tailored advice on how to begin my whitewater kayaking career (Southern Maine). I have done a little bit of whitewater kayaking in the past (two days last summer in Errol, NH on the Androscoggin with ELC Outdoors). From that, I know feel comfortable on the class II waters they showed me around there. I would like some advice on where to go from here.
I think my first step should be learning how to Eskimo roll - I started by just bailing out. Does anyone know of any classes I can take this summer to figure this out? - I currently have no gear
After I learn how to do that, I think I should do a little more with an instructor before I go out on my own. For that, I think I have it down, but some confirmation would be nice. I looked on the ACA website and found a list of certified kayaking instructors: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.america...ist_-Kayak.pdf
Should I just contact one of the certified whitewater people on this list and ask for instruction?
Next, what do you recommend for gear? I was thinking about buying all the equipment I need except for a boat and then just renting a boat. What do you think is the best strategy for a beginner? Any good rental shops in Maine or New Hampshire?
Finally, what are the good whitewater kayaking rivers in Maine and New Hampshire? I know of the Kennebec and the Penobscot, but they're a bit above my level right know. Any good lower level rivers that are a bit more challenging than the Androscoggin?
Anything I missed that I should be looking into? Should I join some club or organization? Thanks so much for the help! Any knowledge is absolutely appreciated!