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Becoming an ACA Instructor: Part 1

by Anvesh Singh Thapa India has an active kayaking community (along with tons of epic rivers!), bolstered recently by its two major kayak festivals: Ganga Kayak Festival and Malabar River Festival. But our community has not yet matured toward standardization. Sure, there are safety and first aid courses that paddlers can take, but for instructing and…

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4-Day Woman’s Holistic Kayak Instruction Class

Women learn differently than men. As a female kayaker I have benefited from both male and female influence but some of the most significant moments in my learning processes have been with Women. Sundance Kayak School offers an all-women kayak workshop through our partnership with California Women’s Watersport Collective. California Collective is a group that began with…

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Sundance is Celebrating 45 Years in Business, Check out our offerings in 2018!

  Starting back in 1973, Sundance Kayak is Proud to announce its 45th Anniversary! Through the years Sundance has evolved but we still maintain our welcoming, family like atmosphere. Here are a list of the 2018 offerings: Introductory 2-Day Class  https://sundancekayak.com/intro-whitewater-kayaking Beginner 4-Day Class https://sundancekayak.com/beginner-kayak-schools Women’s Holistic Kayak Clinic  https://sundancekayak.com/4-day-womens-whitewater-kayaking-clinic Redwood Sampler Intermediate Kayak Instruction  https://sundancekayak.com/redwood-coast-sampler…

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Redwood Coast Sampler Intermediate Kayak Instruction

Have you been dreaming of an unforgettable adventure? Maybe a Stay-cation? Sundance Kayak wants to help you build a memory that will last a lifetime! Why not join us? Refine and develop skills as a whitewater kayaker. We have the perfect river for you! The Smith River Breathtakingly beautiful, the Smith River flows crystal clear…

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How to Choose the Right Run

One of the most liberating draws of kayaking is honest, gritty exploration.  Once you have your gear and appropriate skills, the world of rivers opens up to you, calls you and invites you to play.  These opportunities are endless, you don’t need a lift ticket and there’s always enough fresh lines for everyone. If you…

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Cold Water Paddling

Loud Music Will Hurt Your Ears! Yes Mom…..

I know everyone of us has heard that from their Mom. We, for the most part, ignored them because our hearing came back after the concert a day or two later. It’s OK, right? Then as you get older you notice the change and maybe your Mother was right.  But you ignored her. But now…

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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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J.R. Weir Kayak Instructor Sundance Kayak School

Want to Become an Instructor?

Greetings Team Sundance! Have you ever considered becoming a kayak instructor? If you love kayaking and are passionate about helping others experience the magic of this sport, then you should give it some thought. This is J.R. Weir, lead instructor for Sundance Kayak School, and this year I became an ACA certified Instructor Trainer. On…

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White water kayaking mental sport

Kayaking is a Mental Sport: The Power of Positive Thinking

Whitewater kayaking is a mental sport — plain and simple. Whether you’re scouting a rapid, or committing to a line, it is your mind that can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. In order to give yourself a mental boost when paddling, it’s important to first consider what exactly your thoughts are…

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How to Boat Scout

Have you ever found yourself on a river, walled in above a gorge, unable to get out of your boat, but needing to scout?  If you know the basics of boat scouting, you CAN scout the rapid, and pick your way through the gorge below. First things first, look ahead. As you are approaching the…

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