Kayak & Canoe (School Year 2017-18)


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KAYAK IN THE POOL, EXPLORE LAKE SUPERIOR AND RUN RIVERS with UMD RSOP. Here's your chance to develop touring and whitewater paddling skills in a warm, comfortable setting with knowledgeable instructors. Work with other paddlers to refine skills, complete the prerequisite skills check and then head out to local paddling spots.

Program summary

Start with an introductory level experience during the first two weeks of the Semester. Get your Kayak & Canoe Pass and/or Club Membership to develop your skills in the pool. When you get both you double your pool training time on Thursdays 8-10pm. Get outside and expand your skills while exploring local lakes and rivers on the weekends.

Introductory Level Pool Training Sessions and Trips

Apostle Islands sea Kayaking Introductory Trip 105016
The Apostle Island National Lakeshore is a beautiful string of islands on Lake Superior's South Shore. Our experienced leaders will introduce you to equipment, safety and paddling techniques. We will camp on islands with sand beaches, stargaze, swim and hike with new friends. Depart: Friday, September 1, 2pm Return: Sunday, September 3, 6pm Register By: Noon, Aug 30 @ RSOP Offfice We Provide: Group gear, food, transportation, instruction You Provide: Personal camping gear Meet: At the "Trailhead" Sports and Health Center Lobby Cost: $76 UMD Students Only

Thursday Pool Sessions With the Kayak & Canoe Club From 8-10pm
Sept 7,21 Oct 5,19 Nov 2,16,30 Jan 11,25 Feb 8,22 march 22 APRIL 5,19 We provide: Casual instruction and practice time with paddling gear to prepare you for beginner and some intermediate level trips. You provide: Swimsuit, Towel Meet: SpHC Pool Cost: Your first session is FREE! Annual dues are $30 UMD Students/ $70 Others with free nose plugs for all annual members. Single semester dues are $20 UMD Students/ $45 Others. Three session spring creeker tune-up rate is $15.

Duluth Waterfront Sea Kayak Tour Introductory Trip 105010
This tour begins at our Boat Shed on Minnesota Avenue. Experience a working harbor as we paddle alongside visiting ships from around the world enroute to the 700 foot William A. Irvin ore boat. Wednesday, Sep 13, 4:30-7:30pm Register By: Noon, Sep 11 @ RSOP Offfice We provide: Paddling gear, transportation, instruction. You provide: Clothes and shoes to get wet, water bottle, snack. Meet: RSOP Trailhead in the SpHC Lobby Cost: FREE for Kayak & Canoe Pass Holders & Club Members, $15 for others. The $15 fee can be applied to your Pass if you decide to get one after the trip.

Intermediate to Advanced Level Pool Training Sessions & Trips

Day trips are FREE for UMD Kayak & Canoe Club Members and Pass Holders who complete the skills check listed for the trip. Registration occurs at the UMD Pool on Thursdays.

Thursday Pool Sessions For Kayak & Canoe Pass Holders From 8-10pm
Sept 14,28 Oct 12 Nov 9 DEC 7 Jan 18 Feb 1,15 march 1,15,29 APRIL 12,26 We provide: Fast paced progressive instruction with various types of equipment to prepare you for intermediate level trips and the possibility of future employment as a paddling instructor. You provide: Swimsuit, Towel Meet: SpHC Pool Cost: Kayak & Canoe Passes are $30 UMD Students/ $70 Others

St. Louis River Day Trips
We drive to the UMD Outpost for an amazing day of river exploration on class I-II rapids with friendly trained instructors. You must pass the beginner level skills check in the UMD Pool with Kayak & Canoe Club Officers or the Pass Holder Session Instructors before the trip. Lunch will be provided. Pass Holder Trip SAturday October 7, 10 Am – 6 pm Club Member Trip sunday October 8, 10 Am – 6 pm Register by: October 5th pool session. Meet: At the UMD Pool/Tennis Court

Spring Thaw Lake Superior
Join us for a great afternoon of paddling through ice flows as the big lake begins to break up for summer. You must pass the beginner level skills check in the UMD Pool with Kayak & Canoe Club Officers or the Pass Holder Session Instructors before the trip. Saturday, apr 7, 1–5 pm Register by: April 5th pool session. Meet: At the UMD Pool/Tennis Court

Midway River
We will put in at the Midway River (Class I- II+) for an amazing day of introductory river skills with friendly trained instructors. You must pass the intermediate level skills check in the UMD Pool with Kayak & Canoe Club Officers or the Pass Holder Session Instructors before the trip. Lunch will be provided. Sunday, Apr 8, 10 Am – 6 pm Register by: April 5th pool session. Meet: At the UMD Pool/Tennis Court

Knife River
This will be the feature white water day trip of the year. You will be able to develop your white water skills while paddling I-III rapids on the Knife River. You must pass the intermediate level skills check in the UMD Pool with Kayak & Canoe Club Officers or the Pass Holder Session Instructors before the trip. Lunch will be provided. Saturday, Apr 14, 10am – 6 pm Register by: April 12th pool session. Meet: At the UMD Pool/Tennis Court

Kayak & SUP Spring Rendezvous Weekend Trip 205009
Kayakers join forces with students from the Surf/SUP Pass holders to develop new paddling skills and friendships. Over the weekend we will paddle on Lake Superior and on the river. Our goal is to share our paddling knowledge with each other and explore the best local paddling areas. Intermediate skills are required. Saturday & sunday, April 21-22 Cost: $30, for UMD Kayak & Canoe Pass or Surf Pass Holders only, sign up at the April 12th pool session & RSOP Office.