This past Tuesday, 13 Alaskan women came together for a SheJumps Far North whitewater kayaking clinic. It turned out to be an extremely warm, gorgeous day! Who would have thought we’d be with a group of amazing women wearing bikini’s in a lake in Alaska rolling kayaks?!
We started off the clinic by learning how to properly outfit yourselves into a kayak. From there we all got on the water and learned different paddle strokes, plus when to use them on the river. After paddling around the lake for a bit, we partnered up and learned how to hip-snap, the key element in rolling a kayak. Once we got use to this, we progressed into flipping up-side down in the kayak and hip snapping from there using our hands on our partners boat. From there came the roll. There were 4 instructors (Meg Smith, Kelly Rinck, Liz Powers & Tracy Kulesa) there to get in the water and help each lady work through the steps of rolling. The clinic was a huge success, all of the ladies were really excited to have the opportunity to do this. Plus, they were able to take a jump and push themselves in a comfortable & safe environment to do something rather intimidating.
The clinic was put together and taught by kayak instructor and swiftwater rescue technician, Meg Smith (Far North Ambassador). Special thanks to Kelly Rinck, Liz Powers & Tracy Kulesa for helping out & the Nova Guides at the Six Mile Creek outpost, for letting us borrow their gear to outfit all these amazing ladies! The clinic was a huge success and we can not wait to jump on another one!