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Top tips for new kayakers

I'm a new kayaker and I'm looking to improve my skills. Any tips?

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The absolute best way to get light years ahead is to take a class. There's lots of options on quality, size, cost, and duration. There are so many subtle things that can't really be learned by reading a post. Post where you live and I'm sure there will be many posts on clubs and paddling schools in your area.
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Spend as much time as possible at a playpark catching eddies, ferrying, and most importantly surfing waves, getting trashed and rolling and bracing on both sides.
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I'm a new kayaker and I'm looking to improve my skills. Any tips?
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It's also worth boating with a group that is slightly better than you across the board, and that wants to keep improving.
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Being a good kayaker can be directly correlated with time spent on the river. If you put 80-100 days on the river this season running a solid class III run from boney to peak flow then stick to class IV after peak, you'll be ready for a late Gore Canyon lap in October. I was.

Alternatively you could spend three years trying to get the 100 days experience at various flows and might be boating Gore Canyon in fall of 2014-15. All about experience.

Classes are over rated. Playboating is helpful.
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Have a deep respect for the power of water.
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Amazon.com: Kayak: The Animated Manual of Intermediate and Advanced Whitewater Technique (9780897320504): William Nealy: Books

Buy this Book. You will learn alot! Maybe won't make you a better boater necessarily, but def a good starting place. I've been kayaking for 10+ years, and think this is the best book out there that i've seen. Good Luck!
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And make sure you have a bombproof roll. The most important and (sometimes) overlooked facet of whitewater kayaking.
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Ditto on the bombproof roll!
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