Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Roll like an Eskimo in the Lowcountry, Midlands or Upstate

Posted 9/4/2013 2:53:00 PM

Forget the books and laptop. Pick up a paddle and learn to kayak this fall. Whether you prefer floating along a quiet creek or thundering through a wall of whitewater, you’ll find a wide range of paddling instruction from the Lowcountry to the Midlands to the Upstate.

Below are just a few options for newbies to the sport of kayaking.

Sea Kayak Carolina: Specializing in flat water and sea kayaking, this Charleston outfitter offers one-on-one training sessions and a wide range of group classes throughout the year.

The schedule of instruction includes a half-day Introduction to Kayaking for $55, a full-day Basics of Kayaking for $70 and the two-day Fundamentals of Coastal Kayaking for $120. Specialized instruction in strokes, maneuvers, rolling and rescue also are offered regularly.

Click here or call (843) 225-7969 for more information.

Adventure Carolina: With both slow-moving creeks and a whitewater river just minutes from downtown Columbia, this Midlands outfitter offers the paddling gamut. The Basic Kayaking class — three hours for $60 — is designed for recreational boating in calm waters.

If you want to rip it up in rapids, go for Whitewater Kayaking, a full-day of instruction that will get you started and test your limits. Once you get past the basics, you’ll want to sign up for a roll class so you’ll be able to right your boat should the water get the best of you. The fee for this course is $60.

Details? Click here or call (803) 796-4505.

Get Your Gear On — (803) 799-0999—and River Runner Outdoor Center —(803) 771-0353—also offer kayaking classes in Columbia.

Wildwater, Ltd.: Along with its popular rafting trips, this Long Creek outfitter offers whitewater paddling instruction on the National Wild & Scenic Chattooga River.

The schedule of classes includes one- to three-day canoe and kayak clinics for both beginners and those looking to refine their skills. Don’t worry, they’re not going to put you on the famed rapids featured in the movie “Deliverance.” Beginners will start out on Section II featuring mostly Class I and II rapids.

To find out more about Wildwater’s classes and clinics, click here or call (866) 319-8870.