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Old 05-14-2011   #11
Boulder, Colorado
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Meet up groups

There is here you can find meet up groups for people with like interests in your area. There is a kayaking group for beginners called Front range paddle Sports. They usually have frequent beginner trips in the local area.

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Old 05-14-2011   #12
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I'm relatively new at kayaking so don't take my advice as expert; but I think the most important lessons I've learned thus far:

1. Have respect for the power of water (as someone said), even water that seems routine, tame, or safe.
2. Always have a game plan and the requisite safety gear and skills
3. Stretch out and make sure your shoulders are strong and limber.
4. Bomb proof roll is nice.
5. Patience.

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Old 05-14-2011   #13
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I agree with MikeG. Take one on one classes from a good instructor and commit to deliberate practice. Deliberate Practice: The Secret of Greatness | The Art of Manliness
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Old 05-15-2011   #14
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do the twist

here is the link to an old post:

A tip for beginners
No risk, no reward. It is not that we have to, it is that we get to. Preparation and education are essential to self-confidence and success. - KV
"If there is no risk there is no adventure."- Bill Briggs
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Old 05-15-2011   #15
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  1. Good one-on-one class
  2. Bomb-proof "combat roll"
  3. If you have to wear glasses, get contacts or sport glasses, vision is important so you can see and read the lines in the water
  4. Use a boat appropriate to the water you're paddling
  5. Never go short or cheap on your water clothing. Get a good dry top, good helmet, PFD, etc.
  6. Don't boat above your skill level
  7. Don't boat alone or with incompetent boaters.
  8. When in doubt of your "A" game, scout it and walk it if you're not feeling it.
  9. Take a kayaking oriented swiftwater rescue class.
  10. Have fun
And the Lord said, let there be whitewater. So on Friday, the 13th day of the month....
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Old 05-15-2011   #16
Buena Vista, Colorado
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If you are in Colorado May 27-29th check out the clinics and roll sessions at CKS's PaddleFest in Buena Vista. All the classes give you access to great kayakers that can help you get on your game for the season!
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Old 05-15-2011   #17
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Absolute best thing you can do is post as much as you can on mtnbuzz. Also, tell everyone you've been "paddling since" you were 3,whatever the corresponding year may be, under your profile. People will then know your legit.
Your opinion doesn't matter when you're already biased.
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Old 05-15-2011   #18
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Check your pulse while scouting; If your heart is beating rapidly from looking at the rapid you should portage...
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Old 05-15-2011   #19
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Be ready for the day of commitment. The day you try a river one class larger than you've been paddling, and you get your ass handed to you. Maybe it will be one swim, or a series of swims, window shaded in a hole, foot entrapment, arguments within your group. For some you might just get the shit scared out of you, or you will witness something as bad or worse happen to another paddler.
All of a sudden, your perspective changes, and you must commit, or sell your gear. The day that happens, should you commit, you will be a better boater.
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Old 05-16-2011   #20
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#1 most important advice is to NEVER listen to anything Crazy Nate says. He gets all of his advise from talking to rocks.

Bank must not have a pulse since he runs everything.

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