KAYAK SJOA INSTRUCTION TRIPS

Overview

* Our focus is a safe instruction session and assisting you to improve your kayaking skills on the white waters of the Sjoa and nearby Otta & Lågen rivers.

* Regardless of your competence level we start with refreshing the basics on calm water - posture, balance, edging, bracing, key paddling strokes and self rescue - correcting bad habits and poor technique.

* We then move into the current, instilling the practiced basics into traverses, eddy turns and momentum paddling & boat control in unstable waters.

* After a warm-up roll or three, then its time to move on downriver and practice - reading & understanding river features, bomb-proofing the eskimo roll, controlling descent by catching eddies & slower waters, varied group paddling dynamics and on the go signals, surfing to safety and finding rhythm in the flow as we instruct you down a route.

* Additionally, we help to keep you away from tricky waters and unseen dangers, and will assist with scouting & portaging, T-rescues, hand-of-gods, and cleaning up in the event of swims or mishaps if needed.

* We are flexible, and are able to cater for the ambitious and the most reserved of paddlers.

* Ideally the more days you have available consecutively, the more we repeat and progressively upscale the techniques learnt.



BOOKING FORM

Sjoa Playrun (IT)

Grade 2 & 3

* There are a variety of options including difficulty and distance which we will decide on during the request & booking process.

* The upper section starting in Heidal is a good introduction to the Sjoa and for those who are wanting to upgrade from beginner to intermediate level. Repeated laps on this milder version of the playrun will get confidence into your strokes and moving down continuous flow.

* The playrun is also perfect forthose who used to paddle Grade 3 & 4, but have not paddled in a long time, and want to get back into the whitewater paddling game.

1 pers/1700 kr.

2 pers/1500 kr.

3 pers+/1350 kr.

Sjoa Åsengjuvet (IT)

Grade 3 & 4

* We shall consider this route if you have a good eskimo roll, have a good understanding in reading whitewater and are able to control and manoeuvre your boat as required in continuous Grade 3, and are now looking to push your skills.

* There are several must make moves which may require detailed scouting of the bigger rapids to visualise options.

* Longer sections of continuous whitewater will get us practicing effective on the move communication that translates to safety & cover.

* Plenty of opportunity to practice your boof and dry-bow techniques.

* Reactionary & diagonal wave approach and execution can be explored on the walls, many tight bends and large boulders in this secluded canyon.

1 pers/1800 kr.

2 pers/1600 kr.

3 pers+/1400 kr.

Otta River (IT)

Grade 2 & 3

* This is a medium volume, wide river at normal flows with long rapids in an open valley.

* The upper is a little easier with big calm eddies which aid in practicing the eskimo roll & the training of basic skills for the less experienced.

* The lower has 1 bigger rapid amongst others to test boating skills & provides a larger arena for scouting skills.

* Both sections together, make for a satisfying & challenging 20km+ river run for those progressing from beginner to intermediate level.

1 pers/1600 kr.

2 pers/1400 kr.

3 pers+/1200 kr.

Lågen River (IT)

Grade 1 & 2

* We utilise the 7km from soon after the Sjoa River confluence. This is a wide, strong & slower moving section of river with small wave trains, strong eddy lines and continuous flow.

* Basic and essential skills like ferrying, boat edging and boat control in moving flow will be repetitive.

* Short routes for multiple laps is great for repetition.

* Deep eddies with easy access to shoreline safety for fine-tuning the eskimo roll.

1 pers/1600 kr.

2 pers/1400 kr.

3 pers+/1200 kr.