KAYAK CLINIC

Introductory White Water Kayak Course on the Ganga:

Many of us may have seen kayaking, either on a river trip, or on the television - its looks exciting, a big rapid, a colorful kayaker weaving a path through the waves and all the randomness of white water. You may have wondered, if you could be that person in the kayak, if you could look as graceful and have that much fun, being so much closer to the water than being on a raft.
If kayaking has caught your eye and interest, and now you want to learn how to negotiate rapids and how to surf those waves and holes. Let the Aquaterra Adventures kayak school show you the ropes, from paddling in a straight line, to negotiating class 1 and 2 rapids, to taking the plunge into the tongue of a Class 3 or 4 rapid.
At the Aquaterra Adventures kayak school, or instructors have the experience and skill to teach beginners the basics of whitewater and the finer details of paddling skills and new techniques. We have a wide range of kayaks to suit your skill level and body type.
Kayak classes are scheduled upto 4 days. We recommend that you spend at least four days in our school as a first step. The reason for this is that you will have more time to learn and practice the basic skills, and then apply them to moving water.
Learning to kayak is challenging, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Kayaking will help you get some exercise, along with running some fun rapids, and of course keep you in touch with the great outdoors.


Day 01 : After you arrive at camp and had your lunch, we will teach you safety and rescue techniques, as well as fitting you into your kayak and how to use and wear your equipment. Further on we will give you theoretical introduction into the kayaking and you will get out and try the wet-exit and basic paddling techniques on the river. Hold your breath and relaaaax!!!
Day 02 : Your second day will get you into the water and you will learn how to ferry-glide, eddy in and out and practice more on your paddle strokes. After lunch we will go back on the river and you will be running your first class two rapids. Remember, to paddle in a straight line is one of the hardest things to do!!
Day 03 :

Day three will finally get you into the rolling sessions and you will learn how to re-right your kayak as well as getting your first intros into surfing on waves. Obviously you will practice things learned on day one and two. After lunch we will kayak the lower stretch of the Ganga and practice rolls and eddy turns. Motto for the day: Keep on rolling, rolling on the river

Day 04 : On day four we will try to run the first class three rapids and give you a taste of real trashing (only if you're up to it). After collecting bits and pieces, we will have a final lunch and you'd be heading back to Delhi. After four days with us, you will have found out, that the river is only half of the experience and that the camp and relaxed atmosphere will have given you an enjoyable and exciting holiday.


FACT SHEET - CAMP SILVER SANDS

OPERATIONAL : Mid-September till early May

DISTANCES & LANDMARKS : 256 kilometres from Delhi via Meerut Bypass - Muzaffarnagar bypass – Roorkee – Hardwar – Rishikesh. Camp lies 27 kms from Rishikesh on the road leading to Devprayag/Badrinath. Pass the villages & bridges of Shivpuri & Gular. Look out for a pedestrian suspension bridge (similar to Lakshman Jhoola in Rishikesh) on the Ganga river. This is the first such bridge on the river after leaving Rishikesh. Camp lies 500 metres upstream of this bridge. A green board on a telephone pole on the right of the road announces “CAMP SILVER SANDS – AQUATERRA ADVENTURES”. Park behind this pole. Blow horn or whistle on arrival. Or, walk down a path 10 yards ahead of this pole.

ACCESS FROM NEW DELHI
  1. Leave Delhi by 4:00 a.m. At this hour, driving time is approx. 5 hrs. with a short break. Time on road increases with delays beyond a 5:00 am departure.
  2. Board the Shatabdi Express early morning 7 am (depending on train winter/summer timings) till Hardwar (11:40 am). Taxi onwards to arrive at camp for lunch. Alternatively board the Jan Shatabdi at 3:30 pm and reach Hardwar at 7:25pm. Taxi onwards.

CHECK LIST OF ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS FOR RAFTING

  1. SLEEPING BAG/BLANKET – OPTIONAL, WE PROVIDE QUILTS
  2. T-SHIRTS – FOR RAFT & CAMP
  3. SHORTS (QUICK DRYING FOR RAFT)
  4. WINDPROOF JACKET/PARKA (THIN)
  5. CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR CAMP
  6. JERSEY/WARM JACKET FOR CAMP
  7. FOOTWEAR-2 PAIRS (ONE EACH FOR RAFT AND CAMP). SANDALS WILL SUFFICE IF THEY ARE WELL FASTENED. NO HARD SOLES, PLEASE
  8. TOILETRIES/TOWEL/SOAP ETC. FOR PERSONAL USE
  9. TOILET PAPER – OPTIONAL.
  10. FLASHLIGHT – VERY IMPORTANT
  11. SUNSHADE/CAP
  12. SUNSCREEN LOTION
  13. SUNGLASSES
  14. CORD FOR SPECTACLES & SUNGLASSES
  15. CAMERA (OPTIONAL)
  16. SWIMSUITS/TRUNKS
  17. PERSONAL MEDICATION (IF ANY)
  18. CIGARETTES/ALCOHOL - WE DO NOT SERVE ANY

TRAVEL LIGHT – YOU NEED TO WALK DOWN TO CAMP WITH YOUR BAGS

    NOTE:
  1. On multi-day rafting trips, it is essential to travel extremely light in order to make the rafts more maneuverable and to cover distances in good time. NO HARD SHELLS, PLEASE. For weekend/weekday trips too, do carry soft baggage.
  2. Consumption of alcohol or drugs is not permitted upto 6 hours before or on a raft trip. We will, without refund, refuse intoxicated persons.
  3. All meals are served at a central dining area – including tea, coffee (twice a day) and soft drinks. There is no room service.
    MEAL PLAN

We are proud of the excellent cuisine served in camp, in spite of the kitchen lacking modern facilities – the natural constraints of camping. Fresh fruits and vegetables are obtained locally. We emphasize on delicious, wholesome and hygienic meals.


BREAKFAST:

Continental: Corn flakes/porridge, eggs, toast/pancakes/french toast, butter, jam, boiled potatoes/baked beans/french fries, fruits, tea/coffee.

LUNCH :

Indian: Dal/rajma, two vegetables, rice (fried/plain), chapati (or purie-cholay), papad, achar, salad, fruit

DINNER :

A special meal - Indian/continental/Chinese cuisine (veg & non-veg)/Barbecue/ dessert

TEA BREAKS:

Tea/coffee with snacks/biscuits.


ACCOMMODATION

Deluxe tents (beds, mattresses and quilts provided) on twin share. Each tent is furnished with 2 camp cots, a table, two cane chairs. Toilet tents have dry-pit toilets (the only toilets allowed as per Reserved Forest camping regulations) with western style commodes over a pit.

We can accommodate upto 50 persons at camp.


ACTIVITIES IN CAMP

Beside rafting one could kayak on a placid stretch near the camp or opt for hike to a typical village opposite the camp or even go for longer hikes (5-6hrs) in the surrounding hills. Facilities are available for Beach games like volleyball, frisbee, tennis ball cricket etc. A day in camp is rounded off with a campfire and a leisurely evening with fellow rafters.

EQUIPMENT & GUIDES

We have unmatched top of the line self-bailing rafts and accessories used by professionals globally. With the country’s most experienced guiding team, we assure the first-timer and even the non-swimmer a trip of a lifetime - we run the most number of rivers in the country today - leaving the competition far behind with our superior experience, guiding team, equipment and array of adventure trips. Click here for more.

We also run treks, overland safaris, angling and wildlife trips, mountain biking adventures, rock climbing and kayak school besides rafting expeditions. We specialize in eco-friendly travel in lesser-known areas. We operate throughout Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal & Kumaon, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Our goal is to create the best trips possible, with uncommon professionalism, unsurpassed personal service and a commitment to protect and preserve the cultures and environments through which we travel.

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