Beginner Whitewater Kayaking – The First Time

Whitewater kayaking can be scary for beginners. I know I definitely had some very big lessons and scary moments. In this video I break down, day-by-day, my very first whitewater experience!

If you have any tips for beginners be sure to share them down below in the comments!

**I have since learned that I crossing a rapid against the current is called “Ferrying” or to “Ferry a river”. I wrongly translated “traversing” from dutch!


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  1. Martijn Meijer on November 17, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Wauw. Wat super vet gedaan. Super trots op je hoe je het weekend doorstaan. Keep up!😂 and paddle on!👍

  2. Paddlin' Dutchman on November 17, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    What would be your advice for paddlers new to whitewater?

  3. Els Blom on November 17, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Mooi filmpje!

  4. Tom Vetterl on November 17, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I feel like there is nothing more terrifying for sea kayakers, than white water kayaking 😅 I’ve been on a beginners course in Garmisch, Germany, 2 years ago and I felt like I was dying 😂 After those 2 days I was green and blue all over my body, from all the rock I’ve bumped into 😀

  5. Connor Coultas on November 17, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Best advice is learn to roll and learn to brace. All it takes is your boat, paddle, and a swimming pool. With a teacher you could learn to roll in am hour, two tops. The best thing about it is, when you mess up your edges and flip, it doesnt take 45 minutes to try again. You just roll up and get back to work.

  6. Endless Curiosity on November 17, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Hello, and thank you for this video. It inspired me to sign up and go to my local whitewater beginner weekend. I completely understand the fear of the unknown mixed with a confidence that only makes me want to get back on the water and challenge myself. I already see the confidence of being capable of keeping upright in a tiny plastic boat bleeding into other aspects of my life. I would not have ventured into this area had you not shared your story. Thank you. I hope to see you on the water some day.

  7. Marc J. on November 17, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Nice video, keep on practicing. I would second that working on bracing and rolling makes the practice more easy and fun. In my experience it is helpful if someone else starts to learn rolling aswell cause then you see that you are not dumb or anything if you cant do it after the 3rd try (as an example) and both of you will face similar challenges. And dont pressure yourself with "normally it takes x hours" or so, everyone is different and thats okay, if you keep practicing you will learn it no matter what. For rolling I really like the Glenmore lodge videos ( But yeah it seems you have good paddle buddies who will explain everything step by step, just go out with them and have fun!

  8. michalokable on November 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Cool, dude ! Very cool. Send my greetings to your family

  9. Emily Jacometti on November 17, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Supertof!! Heb em al
    Zeker 5x gezien 🥳

  10. James Short on November 17, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    quick tip with the gorpo: lick the lens every so often. helps stop it getting droplets on it.

  11. Alex Kamphuis on November 17, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    GE-WEL-DIG!! Mooi gedaan man! En als je het maar leuk genoeg vind, word het vanzelf makkelijker! Ga zo door!!!

  12. Drew Lehmann on November 17, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Great video. I recently started making kayaking videos on my YouTube channel, filming some friends who are expert kayakers. Now I want to try it myself. It looks like so much fun. Maybe one day…

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