Paddler Co-op Creeking Clinic

Paddler Co-op will be hosting a guided, low cost kayak creeking and river running clinic on Beaver Creek on Friday April 14, 2023. 

The goal of this clinic is to provide participants with a guided experience to get to know and explore the river, to build confidence in paddling narrow and steeper rapids, paddling in cold temperatures at the start of the season and to explore the limits of their comfort zones in a safe and supportive setting. 

The clinic takes place over the entire river run where we will explore warm-up techniques, refine basic skills and maneuvers to inspire confidence, set goals for the day, scout and dissect the more challenging rapids, encourage self-regulation and safety with our line choices, river running styles, options to walk, and explore the river in a way to inspire confidence and familiarity. 

The cost for this clinic is entirely by donation ($50 minimum suggested), and all funds will be donated to MACKfest. 

The clinic will be capped at 10 paddlers to ensure safety and quality. Instruction will take place throughout the river run, and is suited to experienced but novice-and-up paddlers looking to build confidence. Participants must have cold-immersion gear (dry suit preferred), a consistent roll in class 2 and a willingness to challenge themselves and implement coaches’ feedback.

Ryan O’Connor, will be the clinic’s head coach, supported by additional qualified and professional guides from Paddler Co-op. Ryan’s experience and instructional expertise is second to none when it comes to diagnosing and refining technique, building confidence in paddlers and addressing the mental game, as well as breaking down skills into digestible, bite-sized pieces that are practical and applicable. Some of his accreditations are ORCKA Moving Water Canoe and Kayak level 3 (advanced) Instructor and Instructor Trainer, River Rescue Instructor and North American Whitewater Open Canoe Championships silver medalist. With over a decade of professional instruction and guiding under his belt participants are sure to walk away with more confidence, clarity and ability on the water and much more value than they paid for.

Set yourself up for the best MACKfest yet and sign up today, spots are sure to book up fast!