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Old 02-20-2010   #11
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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I am assuming that you are taking a class with Sierra South in Kernville. If so, you will be in good hands. The shop is full of very skilled teachers and they have some great sections of river to work with there. I used to travel there every spring for a freestyle event in early April. The weather then was typically warm during the day and cold at night. The highs that time of year were often in the 80's which made for happy paddling.

That said, the water was always cold. If you were in the market for some gear it would be worth your while to invest in a good dry top. If you really are committed to learning to paddle your money will be well spent. In the west you will wear a dry top more often than you won't. In Colorado we wear them even in the heat of summer because of the cold water.

Certainly learning to paddle in the spring will be trial by fire (or ice) but if you wait until it is warm outside you won't have any water left to learn of. You should search the net and see if there are any paddling clubs in your area or if any of them have pool sessions that you could attend. Getting in a boat in the comfort of an indoor pool will help your comfort level when you hit the river.

Dan Brabec

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Old 02-21-2010   #12
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fresh meat...... you will do fine, if I can do it, so can you

"shut up and paddle, and paddle like you mean it for once"

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Old 02-22-2010   #13
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Talk to Hut with Whitewater kayaking lessons in Arizona with AZ River Adventures he used to do roll classes with Tempe parks and recs too (might be the cheaper rout). But either way he's a good guy and a great teacher.

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