Wednesday, 04 July 2012 07:32

Kayak camps a chance to learn the sport

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Pincher Creek
The Pinch-O-Crow Creekers are gearing up for their summer camps.

The Pinch-O-Crow Creekers kayak club has been going since 1994 and for the past 15 years, Chuck Lee has been the president. Lee loves the outdoors and being able to see beautiful and unique places while kayaking.
“It’s physically and mentally challenging. It’s a great sport of individuals, but they are involved with a team,” says Lee.
The club is looking forward to the summer camps being held every week in July. There will be four camps this year with the first being an advanced camp and the final three being beginner camps. The camps start at 9 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. each day.
The advanced camp runs for four days from July 3-6. It starts on the Crowsnest River so the instructor can assess the group and build on their skills. The next three days are up to the group. They can do as many runs as they can do in the timeframe. The group will go with the instructor on many runs including the Livingstone, Oldman, Crowsnest, Carbondale and Castle rivers.
Some of the areas participants will work on during the advanced camp will include building skills on eddy turns and ferries, developing river reading skills as well as leadership skills.
All four camps include the equipment needed as well as transportation. Participants need to bring a change of clothes, a rain jacket, swimsuit, towel, lunch and a smile.
In the three beginner camps participants start out on day one, in a warm water lake where they will learn how to get in and out of the kayak including when it’s upside down, how to paddle the kayak in a straight line as well as circles, how to roll the kayak if it flips and they even play games.
The campers’ favourite games are tag, football and finding the turtles.
On day two, participants will be taken to an easy river such as the Crowsnest River by Lundbreck and learn about reading the river, eddy turns and paddling through waves.
On day three, they will work on rolls and will test out some bigger water on the Oldman River below the dam.
On day four, the instructors take participants to the Castle Canyon running rapids and ledges.
Finally, on day five they will be on the warm water of St. Mary’s River. On the last day parents and siblings are invited to join in the water on a rubber ducky.
The beginner five-day camps run July 9-13 and July 16-20. The advanced camp, which runs July 3-6 and the last beginner camp, which runs July 23-26 are four-day camps.
The price of the four-day camps is $90 and $225 for the five-day camps.
Lee believes the best kayaking is in southwest Alberta.
“We have great beginner runs and advanced runs too,” says Lee.
He adds it’s not hard to learn to kayak. All people need is to take a little bit of time as well as get the proper instruction from a qualified instructor.
There are 55 people in the Pinch-O-Crow Creekers with about 60 per cent being men.
The youngest member they have this year is eight years old and the oldest is 80 years old.
More information is available online at: http://www.pinchocrow

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