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Downloads in Beta Testing

Thanks for the input!  We have now added download sales, allowing paddlers to download our Kayak Roll instruction to their IPods or other portable device.  The download format is H264, which is ideal for all portable devices.  These are 1000MB File will be a long download, on all but the fastest connections.  Enjoy the quality.  For instant viewing online, in lower quality, consider the DVD purchase which comes with online viewing capability. 

Please advise us of any order problems, as our downloads system is new.

Short Canoe Strokes

I know many people teach to never allow the blade to go behind the hip. Like most dogma it makes a good headline but gets a little trickier in the details. I prefer the approach of learning and mastering all the techniques and then seeing what fits the occasion. You probably remember we spend equal time on carving drills (steppingstone to the control Andy advocates), and stern pry/ J strokes. But yes, paddling from the bow has been a standard Decked C1 technique since the early 80's. Especially racing, and heading down river.

Short canoe strokes

I know many people teach to never allow the blade to go behind the hip. Like most dogma it makes a good headline but gets a little trickier in the details. I prefer the approach of learning and mastering all the techniques and then seeing what fits the occasion. You probably remember we spend equal time on carving drills (steppingstone to the control Andy advocates), and stern pry/ J strokes. But yes, paddling from the bow has been a standard Decked C1 technique since the early 80's. Especially racing, and heading down river.

ACA Kayak Instructor Course Schedule

Greetings Instructors!
Do you know anyone seeking a worthy ACA Instructor Development and Certification workshop in Canoe or Kayak?  A technique tune-up? Or do you need an American Canoe Association update?  You might tell your friends about my upcoming programs.

ACA Kayak Instructor Course Schedule

Greetings Instructors!

Do you know anyone seeking a worthy ACA Instructor Development and Certification workshop?  A technique tune-up? Or do you need an update?  You might tell your friends about my upcoming programs.

Water Reading and Strategy

Below you will find an excerpt from the River Runners Edge...  some tips on water reading and strategy that might be useful in your river running and paddling in general...

Enjoy!

RRE Lesson 3 Water Reading and Strategy from Kent Ford on Vimeo.

Classes with Kent Ford

I really enjoy teaching paddling, and good thing, as demand for my classes is higher than ever.  I do teach beginner and intermediate programs on occaision.  However, my skills are probably best suited for providing intermediate and advanced training.  As a past US teach coach and Olympic announcer I have a better than average understanding of what makes a great paddler and how to convey that information.

Whitewater Kayaking Instructor Training

WHITEWATER KAYAKING
ACA INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT AND CERTIFICATION COURSE

with Kent Ford

2014 DATES (please register with the host organization):

Do you know anyone seeking a worthy ACA Instructor Development and Certification workshop?  A technique tune-up? Or do you need an update?  You might tell your friends about my upcoming programs.

Beef from Off Island Ranch

You can order beef from my wife's family at www.beefbison.com  (if you live in Colorado)

 

Handling a wall in a bend

Question from a viewer of the kayak roll video...  Do you have any suggestions for turning rapids where there is a nasty rock wall / ledge? -Alex

Hi Alex,

Well, having control to get wherever! you want to go is one of the great challenges of whitewater sport.  For me it is the amazing reward.  So perhaps striving for that attitude will help a bit, perhaps on a touch easier water.  Handling turns, walls, and eddylines is an example of that. 

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