View Poll Results: How many of you have kids who paddle? (under 13 yrs old)
Yes, I have kids who paddle whitewater 10 41.67%
No, I don't have kids who paddle whitewater 7 29.17%
I have girls who paddle whitewater 4 16.67%
I have boys who paddle whitewater 6 25.00%
I have both girls and boys who paddle whitewater 1 4.17%
Are you nuts? I would never let my kids do that! 0 0%
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Old 04-25-2008   #1
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How many of you have kids who paddle?

Between the ages of say, 5 and 12?

And the Lord said, let there be whitewater. So on Friday, the 13th day of the month....
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Old 04-28-2008   #2
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2 boys...

I think it'd be neat to develop some kind of connection for people to raft together with kids espeically for multiday trips. Keep them busy with eachother.

My boys are 6 and 8 years old. They've been on class III on my cat once on a cold day in July last summer and didn't like being cold but enjoy the rapids. But they're looking forward to more trips this summer.


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Old 04-28-2008   #3
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Haley did the pool session last week (age 6 for the rest of you who don't know her) and had a lot of fun. Kaden (age 4 as of today) liked swimming around in his pfd more than in the kayak.

We have taken the kids on the river since they were really young (starting when Kaden was 1-1/2 through Durango). They love doing the multi-day raft trips. Do dress them plenty warm for the colder days. On the Dolores a couple weeks ago, it was a brisk day and they were still having fun while the adults were complaining about being cold!

Still keeping the kayaking limited to the pool and flat water pools until they are older. Not trying to breed superstar kid-wonder kayakers : )
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Old 04-28-2008   #4
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I just bought a raft to get the family involved. I have been kayaking since 93, but the wife is scared to death of being upside down in a kayak. My boy, Keegan is 5 and my girl is 1, so it will only be flat water for the family for a couple of years. I do plan on taking Keegan down some class II this year in the raft and I plan on getting him into a kayak when I think it is appropriate. Likewise for Aleeya when she is older, assuming that both kids show interest in kayaking. Otherwise it will be family raft trips and watching daddy go kayaking.
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Old 04-28-2008   #5
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I've been taking Kaden (3 now) down the Lower A since he was 18 months old at lower levels. The 2nd or 3rd time I took him, he fell asleep across the thwart. When we went over first drop the water splashed him and woke him up- I thought he would be upset, but he just sat up, looked around and said-"where's my paddle!" I think he'll be ready for a multi day this summer.

Mike, what happened to you and Henry this weekend? It was a fantastic run- clean lines mostly (I swam Sunset Falls). Sorry we missed you.
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Old 04-29-2008   #6
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Always thought rafters were only for hauling beer. Bought a cat when my
daughter was nine and took her on a Yampa trip. By the time she was 14
I had to buy another cat because I do not make a very good passanger.
She had rowed the Grand, Middle Fork & Green by the time she was 19.
Downside: She quit college to be a river guide and ski instructor.
Upside: Her Grand Permit comes up next summer. (I put her on the list when she was 13) She is by far my favorite river buddy (and not just because she has a Grand permit) She now lives in Idaho and this past winter I got to ski Sun Valley and this summer it will be the NF Payette. All the time we
have spent together on rivers sure helped us through those tough teen age years.

Get your kids on the River!!!
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Old 04-29-2008   #7
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My 4 year old Grant can't stop talking about this summers raft trips. Cami is 2 and I'll probably wait another year for her. My Uncle got his kids goin early and I have spent many river days hangin out with him and my cousins. As far as kayaking I am going to look for a fun 1 or 1.5 for my son next year (flat water only), anyone have one for sale?

Patterman: Tell Cynda I am available for next years Grand Hope all is well!!

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Old 04-29-2008   #8
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Would love to hook up with others with kids

After a couple of years in the duck on the upper C my son, 7, now has a Fun1.5. Haven't gotten as many sessions with Nick W as we would like but are going to do some flats this summer. Filter plant, deckers with hope for pumphouse in late summer.
If anyone is interested, give a holler.
Are y'all down south now?

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Old 04-29-2008   #9
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Do we know you? Your son Kaden and my Kaden are about the same age (and like the river to make for future confusion) and I guess you know the Hydes too. Oh well, if not, I am sure we will see you around this summer. We are the family with the turquoise SOTAR or gray hyside, or red Culebra.
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Old 04-29-2008   #10
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I don't have any kids, but with all the great small gear that's been coming out recently, the school I taught for last summer decided to experiment with teaching a group of younger kids to kayak. I think the youngest was 7 or 8 years old.

My conclusion: WAIT!!!

Kids this young don't have the motor skills necessary to paddle or roll, the conceptual skills to understand even the most basic water features, or the motivation to learn when they're cold, tired, hungry, thirsty, whatever. Most importantly, they do not have the ability to remain calm and remember what to do in scary situations. The four days I spent with the kids were a pain in the butt.

I'd say 11 is the youngest I will ever teach again. It will be more fun for the kid and more fun for the teacher as well.

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