5 steps to becoming a grade 3 paddler

Do you dream of paddling whitewater class 3 rapids on rivers like Sjoa? Follow our guide and if you put in the work you can achieve this in one season!
We have put a lot of time, passion and thought into what it really takes to become a grade 3 whitewater kayaker. We truly believe that we can give you the solid foundational skills that are required for you to maximise your safety and fun on the river if you follow these steps. Of course, there will have to be a lot of practising in your own time and perseverance on your part, but that goes for achieving anything worthwhile right?! Trust us, once you have tried the Sjoa Normal and Sjoa Play Run you will never stop paddling!

Prices & Discounts: Courses from 1990 kr; Students and youth 15% discount.

Location: Mad Goats Sjoa, Heidalsvegen 834, 2677 Nedre Heidal https://goo.gl/maps/zd1yQ8jZP32saG3x7

Getting here: Train to Otta (the fastest train is with SJ Nord) then bus to Faukstad – see https://innlandstrafikk.no/If you are driving, we have some space for parking at the kayak school.

Accommodation: We offer camping pitches and camping rooms (from 99 kr per person per night) or a basic cabin for rent (249 kr per person per night, min 2 and max 4 people). We also have an onsite sauna – a day pass is only 299 kr per person, and you can use it as much as you like!

Includes: All of our courses and tours include kayak and all kit hire including wetsuit; transport from our base at Mad Goats Sjoa to the river; NPF våttkort on completion of the NPF Introduction and Foundation courses.

What to bring: 2 x layers of thermals and socks, a towel, swimwear and a warm change of clothes.

Private group option: Do you have a group of friends, colleagues or members of a club who want to join you on this awesome journey? You can book any of our courses as a private group. Email your preferred date and time to kontakt@madgoats.no and we will get back to you with confirmation within 48 hrs.

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Rolling Course

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5 trips on a grade 2 river

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Guided tour on a grade 3 river


WRT-REC course with Rescue3Norge

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