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Youth Whitewater Kayaking Clinic

June 26, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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One event on July 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM


This all-levels clinic is designed to introduce youth participants to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking!
We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water.
Sessions start off in a calm area of the river where our instructors will fit kayakers to their boats. Then we will introduce them to wet exits, where they will learn to become comfortable upside down in the water and safely exit their boats. Next, we’ll take to the Maquoketa river whitewater park and proceed to navigating through the whitewater features under the guidance of experienced instructors.

–Youth ages 10+
–When: June 26, & July 10th 2:00-5:00 PM
–Cost: $50
–Where: Meet at Swiss Valley NC then drive to Manchester, IA

Only requirements are a positive attitude and the ability to swim.

Our experienced whitewater kayaking leaders are Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert. Together they have over 30 years combined whitewater paddling experience. Hannah and Marty paddle as much as they can, year round! Yes, that means in winter too.

Marty is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa paddling local streams and rivers throughout childhood until he discovered whitewater kayaking later in life. Now, Marty only thinks about whitewater kayaking twice a day, when awake and when asleep!

Hannah is a native of Manchester, Iowa. She first started recreational kayaking with her brother on the Maquoketa River. Then she discovered whitewater kayaking and river surfing here in Iowa and has been enthralled with whitewater paddling ever since. Hannah is a Team Athlete at Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles, Badfish SUP, NoCoast SUP, Colorado River Surf Co, Shred Ready Helmets, and CKS Squad. She is an Ambassador at Astral and Crawdaddy Outdoors, a RAW Hero at RAW Adrenaline, and a Community Leader at Land Locked Surfing.

Equipment List
• Lots of healthy, high-energy snacks, & water
• Quick-drying clothes like board shorts
• Water shoes not flip flop or strap on shoes
• Change of clothes
• Towel
Gear required for this trip is provided. A whitewater kayak, helmet, PFD, paddle, and spray deck.

Register here


June 26, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Category:


Dubuque County Conservation


Swiss Valley Nature Center
13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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(563) 556-6745

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