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Beginner Kayak School Courses

Our beginner kayaking classes are designed for learning this exciting sport in a safe and adventurous manner. Our New Kayaker kayak week will focus "in-depth" learning to kayak.


A perfect kayak (eskimo) roll is the most important foundation one can develop for progressing in the sport of whitewater kayaking. A functioning kayak roll enhances confidence and ensures fast progress in the sport. A marginal kayak roll will erode confidence and progress and be the reason for not kayaking up to your potential.

We have always been surprised to see how many paddlers have kayak rolls that allow them to just "get by" without 100 percent confidence and for one reason or another, the kayaker does not fix it. Paddlers can go years with the same problem in their kayak roll…and the resulting lack of confidence in their kayaking. Kayakers who don't learn to roll a kayak when starting out are usually at a great disadvantage later on.

Company founder, Chris Spelius and our kayak instruction team have dedicated many years to analyzing and teaching the kayak roll. We are researchers of the science in different styles of kayak rolling. Chris has been featured in videos, on television and has written kayak roll instruction articles for industry publications. He has taught at Nantahala Outdoor Center and Otter Bar Kayak School, and has been invited to teach at kayak schools around the world.

At Expediciones Chile we have contributed to the evolution of teaching kayaking and we want to see it continue to evolve. We also keep a close watch on other instructors and instructional methods, looking for any new advances. We study all the new literature and new videos and we are aware of what the hottest kayakers are doing as well as what works for the recreational kayakers who just want to have fun. Doing all the different kayak rolls is not that hard. Teaching them well is much harder and takes experience to develop the eye and the communication skills to focus on the exact solution for each person. Our instructors are passionate about doing this!!

Here at Exchile Patagonia Kayak School we insist that our instructors learn at least three of the most accepted kayak rolls that are used in the world today. We have found that these different roll’s, when done properly are, solid and safe. Some are slightly easier for different body types. However the most important thing is perfecting the technique of the roll that you are attempting - doing it one hundred percent correctly. Changing your type of kayak roll is not always the silver bullet. Doing the roll correctly is the silver bullet. We will analyze your kayak roll on video, determining what style of roll you are doing and determine how we will help you perfect it. Only in rare cases, where a body type does not fit the type of roll you are attempting, will we change the style of roll - and only with you in agreement. To learn more about your own kayak roll see our Kayak Roll Identifier.

New Kayaker 1 wk, 2 wk or 4 days.

This kayak school class is designed for the first time paddler. Our kayak instruction program will introduce to you the basic kayaking strokes, boat control, wet exits, and the Eskimo roll, before we take you on moving water. The kayak lessons presented in this course will give you a solid foundation that will allow you to rapidly make progress in the sport of whitewater kayaking. Over the course of a week you will learn the basics of kayak eddy turns, peel-outs, ferries, and the fundamentals of edge control. During the middle of the week we usually take a rest day from kayak lessons that will allow you the opportunity to take advantage of the numerous other optional multisport activities in this spectacular Patagonia wilderness. The last two days of our kayak school are devoted to day-long kayak river trips, where we will put all of the paddling instruction fundamentals together...

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 overnights / 6 Active Days)

Rolling Clinics - Details

Our kayak rolling clinics are based in Lago La Paz December through March. If you want to April during our Learn to Kayak Multi-Sport weeks, New Kayaker Weeks, and Whitewater Tune-Up weeks. Contact our office to set up a rolling clinic to fit your schedule. We can spend as many days on the kayak roll as you desire and incorporate it in any of our paddling school or multiparty weeks. This opportunity is great for sea kayakers who want to make the transition to whitewater or to paddling open or more extreme water.

(8 Days in Patagonia, Chile / 7 overnights / 6 Active Days)

Also offered at the Patagonia South Kayak School: Beginning Kayak Instruction, Intermediate Paddling Instruction, Advanced Paddling School Courses, How to Roll a Kayak Clinics.


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