Taking kids paddling for the first time is a delicate thing. by Jason Craig

Taking kids paddling for the first time is a delicate thing. by Jason Craig

Taking kids paddling for the first time is a delicate thing. by Jason Craig

Taking kids paddling for the first time is a delicate thing. Here are some tips to keep them wanting to get back on the water again and again.

  1. For the first time take them to still water where they don’t have to worry about currents. Try a lake or a big eddy.
  2. Work with them on strokes. Show them what a good stroke looks like.
  3. Ask them to paddle from point to point to get the feel of paddling.
  4. To make it fun, play paddle games, like “follow the leader” or “tag”.
  5. Work with them on a gentle eddy line … cross it and feel what edges do.
  6. When you think they are ready, take them to a shallow class II rapid. Hold their boat so they don’t flip … like training wheels. Let them feel what it is like being in a rapid before they try it for themselves.

I hope these tips are helpful and your kid has fun on the water.

Jason Craig

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