Valley Stream

Ben goes to kayak school – Valley Stream, New York

Valley Stream, New York 2021-04-30 23:00:00 –

Bryson City, NC (WSPA) – Kayaking is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the past year.

In fact, the limitations imposed by the pandemic have made most outdoor activities even more popular.

As Ben Hoover of 7News learned, kayaking is more than just a sport. It’s a way of life.

Learn in a kayak suit first on dry land at the Nantahara Outdoor Center (NOC) in Bryson City, North Carolina.

The NOC is one of the first schools of its kind and is considered a model for Whitewater Centers across the United States.

Master guide and lead paddling instructor Anne Sontheimer said there are some important gears.

Splash jackets help keep warm air while out in the cold waters of the Nantahara River. Then there are life jackets, or personal levators, spray skirts to protect the lower half from water, and helmets.

The last item is the core of the sport: paddles and kayaks.

According to Sontheimer, kayaking relies on the buddy system. In other words, everyone in the kayak group is attentive to each other.

But before preparing for a torrent, beginners can take advantage of the tranquility of nearby Lake Fontana to get a feel for a kayak and learn some techniques. Movements like edging are useful when everything is going well, but you also need to be aware of any problems, such as when you fall into the water with the straps fastened.

To stand upright, you learn a technique called tack and rolling.

The Nantahala Outdoor Center has several upcoming courses for women, and Sontheimer added that the sport aims to bring more people of color to kayaking. For more information on group pricing at the NOC and other courses and activities offered there Follow this link..

Here are some of the other locations near northern and western North Carolina that offer kayaking and paddling instruction.

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