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Old 08-23-2012   #1
 
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Looking for Intro Playboating Classes

I'm looking for some playboating classes this winter around the front range. Does confluence still do them? Basic flatwater would be great. Any ideas where to go?

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Golden River Sports does them in conjunction with Renaissance Adventure Guides.
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I've looked on both websites and wasn't able to find anything about playboating. Maybe I'm just blind, could you point me in the right direction?
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Renaissance Adventure Guides doesn't have any scheduled playboating classes, per se, but they do offer private lessons both at the pool in Golden and in the CO river (one of the few that still has water and decent beginner play spots) that can be tailored to playboating. They have a few instructors that are fantastic playboaters. Of course, if you want to get a group together to bring the cost down, that could be a good way to go.

Other than that, there will not be any scheduled playboating classes here in CO until the June competition circuit (Paddlefest, Teva, etc) rolls through the state. Usually there are some playboating clinics held around that time.
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Colorado Whitewater usually does a playboating class in the spring. Pool session followed by play park. Spring is a long way off though.
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I'd like to be able to get some flat water skills down, so next spring I'm that much ahead of the game.
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I'd like to be able to get some flat water skills down, so next spring I'm that much ahead of the game.
...then a pool private would make sense. I teach for Renaissance (but am a mediocre playboater by pretty much any standard). I'd recommend requesting Grant. He is one of the better playboaters in Denver and a flatwater session with him will definitely give you a lot to work on in the pool all winter, which will build a great foundation for next season.
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PBell is right - sign up with a private instructor this winter as RAGuides teaches in the pool year round on Tues nights.

Or wait for Colorado Whitewater Association's spring classes Jan through April. They always have a playboating class.
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Some good professional instruction is likely the most useful, but if you show up at winter open pool sessions and just chase down the guys that look like they know what they're doing, it's usually easy to get some free advice. It's not like anybody has a big agenda at the pool that they don't have time to offer some tips. In fact, I noticed people pained at seeing me flop around over and over again would end up just volunteering advice.
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Dude, if you keep it up, you will be ready for class III+ in no time!
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