Provides basic kayak and water reading skills. The students will learn boating safety, hazard, evaluation, terminology, whitewater river reading, skills, paddling strokes, bracing techniques, peel out and eddy turns, rescue and self-rescue techniques including wet exits, Eskimo rescues and introduction to and practice of the Eskimo roll. You must be at least 17 years old on the first day of class to take this course. There is a mandatory pre-field meeting at Alpine Quest Sports at Glenwood Springs Meadows on Monday 7/7 from 5:30 – 9:30pm. This class consists of two 3.5 hour sessions at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Pool (7/9 & 7/16) and two all-day river sessions (7/13 & 7/20). The pool classes meet promptly at 5:30pm. The supplemental course charge includes pool and river access. Equipment rentals are available and students will pay Alpine Quest Sports at the first class meeting. Students who own their own kayak gear should bring it to the first class meeting for the instructor to check for suitability. Equipment that the instructor judges to not be operable or safe will not be allowed. The supplemental course charge is nonrefundable. Minimum age 18. Cost: one credit hour of tuition plus a nonrefundable charge of $30.