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Aaron Blau First Descents Photographer

Aaron Blau’s Sundance Experience

We were fortunate enough to meet kayaker and photographer, Aaron Blau, from Denver, Colorado. Aaron (or Blah! as we came to know him) volunteered a week of his time to First Descents as a photographer for one of our kayak camps on the Rogue River. Here’s a little write-up Blah sent us about his Sundance…

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Debris Removal South Fork Smith River

Smith River Clean Up

Giving Back to the Smith River Every year the Smith River Alliance organizes a clean up of the Smith River National Recreation Area. This is no small task. Tires, mattresses, a water heater and lots of trash were removed during this years effort with over 40 volunteers. Seeing as the Smith River is my all time…

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Hannah kayaking at First Descents

Hannah’s Inspirational Kayak Story

The question of why do I want to kayak is a good one. It is something that I have given a lot of thought to over the last month and this would be my best answer: When I was at my week long First Descents program people kept saying the river is a great equalizer,…

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Reading Water and Rapid Classification

The river has a unique way of communicating and unfolding its secrets.  If you listen you will find the river carries a constant and ever graceful song that is measured at a rate of cubic feet per second (cfs).  As you sit by its side and navigate the moving waters you will also find that…

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kids kayak camp rogue river oregon

Youth Kayak Scholarship & Discounts Available

Our monthly newsletter has youth kayak scholarship & discount opportunities. Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of the savings and grow your kayak skills. Here’s a recap of our recent newsletter: Youth Kayak Camp Scholarship Do you know a child who would benefit from a youth kayak camp? Sundance Kayak School is offering a kayak…

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Safety Gear and Style

“Safety is no accident.”  This has become my dad’s signature farewell as I tell him we are headed to the river.  I have grown to love this simple reminder.  The beautiful unpredictability of life allows ANYTHING to happen; there is no combination of paddling skills, comfort level, familiarity with a run or karma that will…

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American Whitewater at Work

“The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.”  —Tanako Shozo Whether you appreciate clean, free flowing rivers from a raft, drift boat, canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board or alongside the water’s edge, stewardship is an important component to every river lover’s livelihood!  American Whitewater has led the industry…

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kayakers at the Carter Creek, the put-in for the Wild and Scenic Chetco River

Chetco River Trip Report

The Chetco River flows from the heart of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It is most famously known for it’s clear as glass water clarity and scenic river canyon. It’s most commonly done in inflatable kayaks at low (less than 1,000 cfs) flows. It is quickly capturing the attention of whitewater kayakers and is a wilderness expedition…

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Pool session for kayakers

5 Benefits of Pool Sessions

For a kayaker any time devoted to sitting in a boat is always time well spent.  Kayak pool sessions offer a great avenue for new kayakers to get their sea legs as well as intermediate and advanced paddlers to continue improving their form and technique. 1. Predicable Environment The pool setting can alleviate a great…

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Intermediate Kayak School

2014 Year in Review

It’s hard to believe 2014 has already come and gone.  We just completed our first year as owners of Sundance Kayak School. We are thankful to our instructors, students, partners and supporters who made this year a success. Here are some of the highlights: ACA Kayak Instructor Course in Michigan Scott Fraiser, of Highland River…

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