kind of guests go to your kayak school?
They come from all over the world to
visit us, most often from: Europe, North
America, New Zealand and Australia. We
get many beginner kayak school students
as well as those looking for more advanced
am traveling solo.... do people come by
themselves on your trips?
kayak school usually include
an assortment of both single guests, couples,
groups of friends and sometimes families.
Trips with shared challenges bond quickly
will quickly feel apart of the team. Before
you know it you will be exchanging addresses
at the end of the trip.
How do you pronounce Expediciones Chile? and Futaleufu?
The correct pronunciation is: "Ex-ped-ish-she-oh-nays". "Expediciones" is the Spanish version of the English word "Expeditions". In North America we are inclined to pronounce "Chile" the the same way we pronounce "Chili" but the correct pronunciation is "She-lay". Futaleufu is pronounced: "Foo-tah-lay-oh-foo". Futaleufu is a Mapuche indian word meaning Big Big River - the two "fu"s, one at the beginning and one at the end, connote this meaning.
course should I take at your kayak school?
website out to find out
best fits your skill level. Our New Kayaker
and Learn to Kayak weeks are meant for
beginner kayakers. If you have more experience
our Whitewater Tune-Up Week, where we
develop a customized lesson plan specifically
you, or select a Playboating or Introduction
Big Water course. Don’t worry about
getting in over your head or being held
back by other
students. We will find a learning pace that is
right for you.
During any given week there is a wide
range of skill
levels at our kayak school.
you recommend that I come for a week or
a half week
feel that a week is an optimal amount
of time to absorb everything we want
to teach. However, we do offer 4
of our courses for those with a limited
schedule. Most of our 1⁄2 week
students wish they signed-up for
the full week.
physically fit do I need to be?
a new sport like whitewater kayaking can
be physically demanding,
but you don’t
need to be an athlete. We believe
the fitter you are the more you will
enjoy your course
and the faster you will learn. We
recommend a regular training program
at the gym before
you come visit us.
I need to know how to swim?
if you want to become proficient at whitewater
kayaking you should
in the water
and a proficient swimmer. We practice
and emphasize wet exiting in all
of our beginner
paddling school classes
as a safety precaution. If you
have any doubts about your ability
come down for your class.
I be kayaking all day?
most of our courses the answer is yes. Either
you will be out
on the river
basic kayak skills or your kayak
roll in the hot springs. Whitewater
sport so expect to be paddling
a minimum of 4 to 5 hours a day.
you get tired
a break there is always the option
to take a day off and go whitewater
participate in one of our many
if I have a non-paddling partner who wants
to come with
problem! We have a full multi-sport
menu from which
you can assemble
a customized vacation.
You can each go off and do
a separate activity during
day and rejoin
each other at
the lodge at night.
are rapids classified on the Futaleufu?
International Scale of Whitewater Difficulty
what we use to
classify our rapids.
The spectrum of difficulty
lies between the easy
Class I and the extreme Class
VI. Classifications can change with water levels.
I - Minimal Skills Level: Small,
regular waves, few obstacles, little
II - Basic Paddling Skills Level: Easy
rapids, eddies and bends, some maneuvering
III - Experienced Whitewater Skills Level: Numerous
waves, narrow passages, maneuvering required,
may require scouting.
IV - Advanced Whitewater Skills Level: Difficult
rapids, abrupt bends, narrow passages,
scouting often necessary, precise maneuvering
V - Expert Skills Level: Long
rapids with wild turbulence and extremely
congested routs, complex maneuvering,
scouting is difficult.
VI - Expert Skills Level: Limits
of Navigation: Nearly impossible and
very dangerous, a definite hazard to
is your student to instructor ratio?
like to keep our paddling school classes small and
have an instructor
to student ratio
that never exceeds
5 to 1.
there any camping involved at your kayak
If you take our Playboating 101 course or our Introduction
to Big Water
you will be staying
Eco-Camp at the confluence of the Rio Futaleufu
and Rio Azul rivers.
, a white sand beach,
a wood fired sauna,
sit down gourmet
and an on staff
to soothe your tired
a vegetarian or
have other dietary
needs or food allergies?
in preparing vegetarian
dishes, and give
notice can accommodate
is the water
Most of our kayak
take place on
the Rio Espolon.
the Espolon River
by a large
serve as its
though the Futaleufu
Valley is surrounded
by glaciers and
the waters of
warm coming from
sunny side of
C (55 – 70 F). More
information about seasonal
climate and temperatures
can be found
Also offered at the Patagonia South Kayak School: Beginning Kayak Instruction, Intermediate Paddling Instruction, Advanced Paddling School Courses. How to Roll a Kayak clinics and private kayak lessons.