NPF våttkort Foundation Course in River Kayaking – Hønefoss

There’s no feeling more liberating than paddling down a river surrounded only by the tranquility of Norwegian nature. If this sounds like something for you, why not get involved and join our kayaking course (grunnkurs i elvekajakk) on the Randselva River in Hønefoss.

River kayaking requires a different skillset to that of sea kayaking, and on this course you will learn:
– How to navigate a class 2 river
– Safety routines on the river
– Theory on river currents;hydrology

Discounts:

  • 25% off for Youth (under 30) and Students. Use discount code “MGstudent” when booking online.
  • 15% off for OsloPass holders – go to VisitOslo to get your discount code.

Note: All of our activities can be purchased as gift cards. Just choose the “gift card” option during the booking process.

Price

Kr 3290,-
– Includes 100NOK våttkort & 300NOK gear hire.

Duration

This course lasts for 16 hours over 2 days.

Location

CLICK HERE!
– you can also find the map below

Participants

Max 8 people

Includes

All kayak equipment
– bring warm thermal underwear (under-tøy) to wear under our wetsuits & shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

Skill level

No previous kayak or paddling experience needed.

Info

Are you someone with no previous kayaking experience? Not a problem! We can help you get better acquainted with the kayak and the equipment. You will get to do some practical exercises that teach you how to use the kayak, paddle, spray deck and life vest.

After the course you will have earned yourself a Våttkort, certified by the NPF. You will then be able to carry out safety procedures and kayak manoeuvres on a river. Kayak clothing, spray decks, paddles and kayaks are free of charge on this course.

  • You can park at the course location; let us know if you need a ride to the course and we will try to help.
  • We recommend you wear a woollen base layer (under-tøy), bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet, and a towel.
  • Feel free to camp beside the river at the course location or come back the day.

Saturday - Course Plan

The adventure starts at the arranged location at 10am. You will have received all necessary info in an email from you instructor before the course. You will get an introduction to the course where we will go through the activity plan for the weekend.
The training will start with general safety information, an overview of the river, and an acquaintance with the kayak and equipment before you put your paddling clothing.
We will then get started with the course on flat water to get comfortable before we get to work on getting out in the current.

You will learn about:
• Rescue – how to get out of the kayak, and how to rescue your buddies.
• Paddle techniques
• Balance control
• Practice through engaging exercises and games such as kayak polo and tag. Afterwards, we get back on dry land for lunch and go through a little more theory.

With food in our bellies, but with a hunger for more paddling, we will head out onto the water again. We will do some more exercises, where we will learn to paddle in and out of the current. Our main focus point will be:
• speed, balance and angles for paddling into an eddy
• buddy rescuing; rescuing each-other
The next activity will be a short trip on a class 1-2 river and we will pack and prepare for this, which takes about 1.5 hours. When the trip has finished, we will have a debrief where we will go over what we learnt, and about any hilarious experiences along the way. You will also receive individual feedback from the instructor with tips and tricks for anything you found challenging along the way.

Sunday - Course Plan

We will meet up at 10am again on Sunday, and go through the plan for the day as well as:
• theory about signalling and communication on the river
• dry run-throughs with a throw rope on land (we will change clothes and dry up before we begin)
• using a throw rope in pairs
• rescuing with a throw rope in the river
• how to swim in the river

Excited and raring to go for the next challenge, we will take lunch here. While we are on land, we will pack for a trip down a class 2 river

This trip will take about 2 hours, during which we will cover:
• finding various lines through the rapids
• training paddle skills like paddling in and out of backwaters and surfing for those who wish to do so
You will again receive personalised feedback with advice and help after the trip has ended, and afterwards you will get your Våttkort. Congratulations!

Meeting Point