RICKA Basic Whitewater Course

Whitewater Paddling

The RICKA Whitewater Group will be holding a Class II Whitewater Kayak Course on June 19 and 20, 2010. The course will be taught by ACA certified whitewater instructor Mike Rock and will be free for qualified RICKA and ACA members.

In this course, participants will learn and refine the techniques needed to paddle in class II whitewater. After a review of the basic strokes on flatwater, we will head to the river to work on eddy turns, peel-outs and ferries. We will also cover river reading and basic river safety.

To participate in this course you must be a current RICKA and ACA member. While this is a beginner whitewater course, it is not for novice paddlers. You must be able to handle self rescues (wet exits) and already know the basic strokes. Previous moving water experience is a plus. Class size is limited.

Participants must provide their own equipment including a whitewater kayak, sprayskirt and helmet. Recreational kayaks are not allowed in this class.


If you are interested in this course, please complete the application that follows. Once received, we will contact you with additional information. Please answer all questions.

Home Phone
Cell Phone
RICKA Member Yes No
Do you own a whitewater kayak Yes No
Kayak(Make, model and length)
Rate your swimming ability Nonswimmer Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Previous class II experience (Rivers you have paddled, strokes and maneuvers you can execute)
Emergency Contact
(Name and phone number)
Do you have any allergies?
(Bees, medicines, etc.)
Any other medical conditions we should know about?
Any additional comments or concerns?

Additional Information

Please contact Mike Rock kayakfool2020@yahoo.com or Erik Eckilson eckilson@cox.net for additional information.

Click here for pictures from last year's whitewater school.