2017 DemoFest Clinic Offerings

Reserve your spot in one of our DemoFest offerings. For descriptions click on the title of any clinic.  Mini-clinics are booked on a first come-first serve basis. Due to high demand, you may pre-register for one morning mini-clinic per day by calling Zoar Outdoor at 1-800-532-7483. Space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome but availability may be limited in the morning.  All afternoon mini-clinics will be scheduled onsite starting Friday.  All mini-clinics are subject to change. Please check in at registration each day to fill out a waiver and receive information.

Mini-clinics will have groups classified by ability level.

Group A= Novice thru Group D = Expert skills  (See below for more information on group abilities)

2017 Clinics

Friday

10:00 - 12 NOON 1st mini-clinic
Group: A-B The "Wake Me Up" Introduction To Rolling / Practice
Group: A-C Geek Out
Group: A-B On-Water Warm Ups
Group: C-D Component Skills of Freestyle - flatwater
Group: A-B Intro to SUP (Stand Up Paddling)
12:30 - 4:00 PM 2nd mini-clinic - Dryway
Group: D Paddle with Team Z & Pros on the Dryway
Not appropriate for first timers on the Dryway or those that are new to Class IV water.
1:00 - 3:45 PM 3rd mini-clinic
Group: B-C Buddy Boating (Boat Based River Rescue Skills)
Group: B-D Paddle with Team Z and Pros
Group: A-B Basic River Running
Group: B-C Rolling in Rapids

Saturday

10:00 - 12:00 PM 1st Mini-clinic
Group: A-B Geek Out
Group: B-C Improving Upstream Maneuvers
Group: C-D Freestyle Kayaking at Hurricane Hole
Group: B-C Girl/Guy Power - for Women and Men
Group: A-D Intro to SUP (Stand Up Paddling)
9:30 - 1:00 PM Boat demos at various locations
Group: A-D Free Playboat and Play River-runner Demos at Hurricane Hole on Fifebrook section. Registration is preferred at the Main Demofest location across from the Zoar Gap Picnic area, but walk-ins will be welcome.
Group: D Free Creek Boat Demos at Dunbar Brook on the Monroe Bridge section. Personal vehicles will be needed for boat transport. Registration is preferred at the Main Demofest location across from the Zoar Gap Picnic area, but walk-ins will be welcome.
12:30 - 4 PM Afternoon Fun
12:30 - 4 PM Playing Card Challenge
2 - 4 PM Doughnut Slalom> through Zoar Gap!

Sunday

10:00 - 12 NOON 1st mini-clinic
Group: A-D Fun in the Sun
Group: A-B On-water Warm Ups
Group B-D "Somebody Save Somebody"
Group: B-C Geek Out
Group: C-D Components of Freestyle - flatwater
12:00 - 3:30 PM 2nd mini-clinics on the Dryway
Group: D Paddle with Team Z & Pros - Dryway

Not appropriate for first timers on the Dryway or those that are new to Class IV water.

Group Descriptions:

DemoFest is designed with the experience paddler in mind. If you have never been in a whitewater kayak before, you may want to try one of our 1-, 2-, 3- or 5-day clinics.

Group A = Novice kayakers who have received basic whitewater kayak instruction, know how to wet exit, and have an understanding of basic maneuvers, strokes, and edging.  Have had moving water experience and some river experience in class 1 rapids.

Group B= Basic ability looking for better boat control in whitewater kayaks, understands sweeps, forwards strokes, draws and bracing.  Class 1-2 river experience.  Masters of the self-rescue and ready to learn/perfect the roll.

Group C= Creative boaters with class 2-3 ability in whitewater rapids.  These boater have a roll but it may need refinement.  They are starting to apply fancy strokes for creative control.

Group D= Dryway caliber (ie. solid class 3-4) paddlers with excellent rolls and a plethora of strokes for style points.  They are smooth and efficient in all river maneuvers, but are still open to learning and refinement.  

Basic River Running

Group: A-B

Join us a class I - II river run to improve your river awareness and boat control.  Great for families and kids!  We will cover basic maneuvers such as eddy turns and peel-outs. You will gain comfort in crossing gentle currents while learning about river features such as eddies, eddy lines and downstream V’s.  All paddlers need to have basic comfort with wet-exits and have a basic set of stroke skills to turn and edge the boat.

For more information about whitewater kayak river runs, please visit these pages: river runs

Buddy Boating (Boat Based River Rescue Skills)

Group: B-C

When you begin paddling you're always under the wing of a guide.  We’ll give you some new skills to help you feel comfortable to go out on your own. Self-sufficiency recognizes the need to be able to do some simple rescues on the fly for other members in your group. We’ll show you some of our tricks for helping capsized paddlers get back to shore quickly with their equipment.  We’ll also discuss things like group management and rescue priorities and strategies for increasing your sphere of awarness during a rescue. 

Check out our Boat-Buddy Rescue Course page to see our full day option.

Component Skills of Freestyle - flatwater 

Group: C-D

Start freestyle paddling by learning the proper timing and core components needed to execute the hottest new paddling maneuvers.  We will be focusing on pivot turns, bow and stern initiations, rotation and timing, and will demonstrate how these basics link into more advanced maneuvers.  If you have been at freestyle for a while use this time block to freshen up your skills and warm up for the day.  

Full day instruction clinics are available throughout the summer, check out our Freestyle Kayak Clinics

Freestyle Tricks at Hurricane Hole

Group: C-D

Play boating warm-up and surfing at "Hurricane Hole" Try out all the new freestyle boats and learn how much fun play boating is.  This clinic may likely start before the release is on in the flatwater below the first rapid on the Fifebrook section.  Once the release begins a strong class II rapid forms several fun features.  Participants need to have a solid roll.  While this clinic will run from 10:00 -12:00 the instructors will be heading to the teaching site early to bring play-boat demos to the first rapid.  Participates may have to transport themselves to the teaching site, we may be able to help co-ordinate rides if needed.  Registration check-in is still at the DemoFest site first.

Full day instruction clinics are available throughout the summer, check out our Freestyle Kayak Clinics

Fun in the Sun

Group: A-D

Beach games galore!  We want to gather a fun group for "ultimate sponge", "good and evil", "yop poy" and other favorites.  These games will get you warmed up paddling for the day and meeting fellow paddlers.  Novice through experts are welcome to join.  Games are a great way to try out the new boats without being focused on every new twitch and tweak!

Geek Out

Group: A-B

We love being geeks when it comes to stroke technique.  In this clinic we'll examine your separation of body movements between the upper body of the torso and the lower body of the hips and legs.  It's all about proper bio-mechanics.  Learn how to get the most of your blade angles and lose the splashing while increasing your speed.  

For more info on our full day courses check out http://www.kayaklesson.com/

Girl/Guy Power – For Women and Men

Group: B-C

Looking to meet your new paddling guy, no that's not the power we're talking about!  For both women and men this course is all about finesse and not strength.  Learn to paddle smarter not harder.  Rock on dudes!

We would love to further help you paddle efficiently in any of our full day Essential Kayak Courses, check 'em out.

Improving Upstream Maneuvers

Group: B-C

This clinic will start off with some angle management focusing on the beginning phase of a C-turn and S-turn.  Next our goal will be to help you become an efficient attainment master and work your way upstream through a fun section of eddies.

When you're ready for trying class III here is a link to our 1-Day Class III Clinic to help get you there.

Open Paddling with Zoar Team, Pro Paddlers, and You – Fife Brook

Group: B-D

Do you just want to get out there and paddle with the best in the business?  Here’s your opportunity to get to know pro paddlers and receive feedback on your own paddling.  This is also a great chance to paddle and get expert advice on a variety of boats.  Plus, have some time to meet and socialize with other area paddlers. Teens this is a great chance to meet your role models.

Anytime you feel like you would like a skill refresher or full day River Run we offer a variety of opportunities.

Open Paddling with Team Z, Pro Paddlers, and You – Dryway

Group D  The Dryway is a hard section of river and this course is inappropriate for those without proper experience in hard class III-IV water, a solid roll is required.

Advanced paddlers, do you just want to get out there and paddle with the best in the business?  Here’s your opportunity to get to know pro paddlers and get feedback on your own paddling.  This is also a great chance to paddle and get expert advice on a variety of boats. Plus, have some time to meet and socialize with other area paddlers.  Advanced teens this is a great chance to meet your role models. Maybe you’re new to our area, if so this is also a great opportunity for a guided run down. If you are unsure if you are ready or have not paddled class III-IV yet, this is not the best course for stepping up to the Dryway.  If you are looking to step up to the Dryway please check out our full day River Runs where you would have more time for scouting and guidance.

On-water warm ups

Group: A-B

For those looking for a quick morning session to get loosened up and ready for the day.  After this course your engine will be all rev'd up and excited for the rest of our DemoFest offerings. We'll especially focus on edging and balance to work towards efficient carving and improved stability.  We'll use basic strokes and skills with fun and engaging practice modules.

Intro to SUP (Stand Up Paddling) Whitewater-brought to you by NRS and Werner Paddles

 Group: A-D

SUP is a great way to enjoy the river, so join the folks at NRS and Werner for some river play on the Deerfield.  Put in below Zoar Gap and we will work on a variety skills, slowly working our way up river towards the “Gap.”  Guests can bring boards and paddle, or try the latest from NRS and Werner.  Participants should have their own helmet, PFD and immersion clothing, along with a strong comfort level of swimming in current.  Class size caps at 6, so sign up now!

Rolling in Rapids

Group: B-C

So you are looking to improve your roll in rapids?  Join the team from NRS as we lead a tour down the Deerfield River, ending below Zoar Gap, to work on your rolling skills when they count.  As we paddle down river we will make stops and run exercises for both beginner and intermediate rollers.  Challenging you, while keeping you under our watch, will allow you to push your limits.  Participants should have a flat-water roll as well as all of their boating gear to head down river.

Visit our rolling courses.

Stroke Timing and Efficiency

Group: B-C

Why fight it?  As kayakers we like being smooth (not just in our stylish paddling apparel).  Better stroke timing and technique will give you that extra finesse you need to improve all your river maneuvers as well as make your paddling look great!  We’ll time/count strokes during some fun races to have you paddling faster with style (like your paddling apparel from our Outfitters Shop).

Here is a link to our 2-Day Class II full day courses

"Somebody Save Somebody"

Group B-D

Learn how to be a quick acting fellow rescuer in this scenario filled course that will have you taking quick action to help your fellow paddlers.  We'll take a look at some of the reasons paddlers run into trouble and how to avoid their mistakes.  We'll also provide you with an assessment tool that you can use as a checkoff of your current ability level.  Having a clear understanding of your ability is one step to smart decision making.

The "Wake Me Up" Introduction to / Rolling Practice

Group: A-B

Learn about how to do the most asked about trick in kayaking, a roll. Rolling is one of the skills that makes whitewater kayaking/canoeing so unique. This short course will show you the basic progression to help get you started.  Rolling is a great self-rescue tool and can allow paddlers to quicken their progression of other paddling skills. Dress warm because you’ll be spending a lot of time hanging out upside down and thinking underwater.

Visit our rolling courses.

Zoar Gap with a Plan

Group: C-D

The Zoar Gap rapid is a great test piece of class III whitewater. We’ll examine different options for both the paddler that is looking to step up to the Gap and the paddler that is getting ready to go beyond the Gap. Watch and try different lines multiple times to really master the Gap and push your comfort level in harder whitewater.

Check out our full 2-Day Class III Clinics

If you would like to demo a new kayak or canoe and get some free instruction from some of the best paddlers in the country, join us for DemoFest!