Paddling starts as soon as ice is off the rivers, usually the last week of March. Students must provide adequate cold weather and splash resistant clothing. Initial training with strokes and maneuvers takes place on moving water and class 1 rapids. As the class’s overall proficiency increases more challenging sections of local rivers are utilized. One or two weekend sessions may be required for rivers that are farther away. The paddling curriculum matches closely with ACA standards. Written assignments emphasize good judgment and active risk management.