NPF våttkort Foundation Course in River Kayaking

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

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

Locations: Randselva, Hønefoss and Sjoa, Nedre Heidal. There is free camping at both locations. For Sjoa we recommend bringing a hammock, or a mat and sleeping bag and you can sleep inside the school.

Price: Adult 3999 kr, Student – 2999 kr.

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

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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. Wetsuits or drysuits and all paddle kit, spray decks, paddles and kayaks are included free of charge on this course.

  • There is free parking and camping at both locations.
  • We recommend you wear a woollen base layer/thermals and thick socks under the drysuit (provided) or swimwear under the wetsuit.

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!

Price

3999 kr per adult
– Includes våttkort and kit hire
– 25% discount for students

Duration

This course lasts for 14 hours over 2 days.

Locations

Randselva, Hønefoss and Sjoa, Nedre Heidal

Participants

Small course size – maximum 6 people

Includes

Wetsuit or drysuit, paddling kit and all kayak equipment

Skill level

No previous kayak or paddling experience needed.