Integrated Basic Kayaking Course

Basic Kayaking Course + Eskimo Roll Workshop

Difficult

Integrated Basic Kayaking Course

BRS 6
Max Altitude
Uttarakhand
7 Days
40 Km
Max 10
29500 + 5% GST
Rishikesh to Rishikesh (without stay & meals)

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Description

Grade:Difficult
Location: Uttarakhand
Altitude:340 m
Duration:7 Days

Paddle up and get ready to experience the feeling of going solo on the grand waters of nature. Kayaking is an intuitive and individualistic water sport that offers an abundance of adrenaline rush and satisfaction in a short time. If you are looking for something extra and something new, kayaking is the perfect activity to try. It might look intimidating in the beginning, but it is easy, affordable, safe, and ideal for beginners. The sport involves using a unique boat called a kayak and a paddle with twin blades. As we slice the water, steer the boat, and progress ahead with the flow of water, nature unfolds its stunning vistas on both sides of the shore. 

The Integrated Basic Kayaking Course for Beginners is an all-inclusive 7-day training held on river Ganga's elegant white water streams in Rishikesh. Being the adventure hub for water sports in India, Rishikesh is considered the best place to practice white water kayaking for beginners. It took immense effort and research to gather best-in-class resources and experts to design this course. In a span of 7 days, experienced kayakers will instruct you on the basic skill sets, safety guidelines, and special kayaking techniques, making you equipped enough to paddle through a class 2 rapid with grace. The key benefits of this course are that you will get well-versed with the fundamentals of the sport, have some electrifying experience on rapids and lose the fear of water.

Being a lifestyle sport, mastering the art of paddling and maneuvering a kayak comes with a lot of practice, which means spending more time on the waters. In the 7 Day Integrated Basic Kayaking Course, you get the luxury of time. You also learn advanced techniques like rolling and bracing. The entire module is planned to create a routine that enables a beginner to learn quickly, adapt and improve their own style and develop a strong muscle memory. Overall, by the end of the course, you will be a cut above the rest. If you don’t have the time to opt for the 7 Day course, there is a shorter alternative which is the 3 Day Basic Kayaking Course for Beginners. It covers all the basic skill sets and fundamentals of the sport.

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The 7 Day Integrated Basic Kayaking Course for Beginners is the best option if you want to really indulge in the activity and take it up as a hobby. Stay on the page for more information about the itinerary, blog, and course details.


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Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Practice at Neem Beach

Duration: 5 hours (9 AM to 2 PM)

Today is the first day of the course where instructors introduce us to the basics of kayaking on the shores and shallow waters of Neem Beach, Ganga.

If you are coming via Dehradun, the fastest, easiest, and most economical way to reach Rishikesh is by taking a local bus from the Dehradun ISBT bus terminus. The travel from Dehradun to Rishikesh is not included in the course fee. 

We advise you to please book your hotel near tapovan area on the Badrinath highway, so that you can easily walk upto the pickup spot. We provide pickup from only one spot. In case you have any doubt please discuss with our team before booking your hotel. 

If you are reaching Rishikesh on the same day please plan in such a way to reach your hotel by 8:30 AM. Once you settle down and freshen up, you can meet the rest of your course mates at the pickup spot. 

The kayaking instructor picks us up at 9 AM and takes us to Neem Beach, a sand settlement on the shores of Ganga. After a 10 minute ride to Neem Beach, we offload our kayaks and walk towards the shore. The instructors start the day with a proper briefing session and demonstrations.

The first and foremost topic for the day is knowing your kayak. A kayak is a simple and sturdy watercraft designed to keep you comfortable and safe on the water. Knowing the kayak is like knowing our own body. Learning the different parts of a kayak and their functions helps understand the craft better thereby improving your performance. Once familiar with the anatomy of the kayak, we move on to the second step - how to attire for white water kayaking.

We all get a special kit today with kayak clothing and accessories from the instructors. It contains a wet suit, helmet, footwear, spray deck, life jacket, and splash jacket. After getting dressed, we move into the shallow waters for a dip. The water relaxes the wet suit, stretches the fabric, and makes it more flexible. This is followed by demonstrations of how to get into a kayak, how to launch your kayak in the water, and how to get out of one. The above steps are simple yet tricky for beginners. They tend to slip and fall on the sand. Do not worry; falling is part of the fun here. Remember, it is not about grace or style - it is all about learning. The more you fall, the better you understand the concepts. The instructors will guide you every step of the way so as to practice these techniques safely.  

If you have successfully entered the waters, it's time to learn how to paddle. The paddle strokes and techniques are the first integral lessons taught on water. It starts from how to hold the paddle, how to paddle in a straight line, how to turn and how to balance. We repeat this several times until it becomes a part of your muscle memory. The final fun-filled lesson for the day is a wet exit. A wet exit is a technique used to come out of a kayak underwater. The instructors make us roll or flip our kayaks and train us to release ourselves underwater. The cool water currents of Ganga sure are refreshing.

We practice and repeat the techniques mentioned above till 2 pm, close the day with some healthy refreshments, and return to the accommodation in the same cab.

Day 2

Practice at Neem Beach & River Run

Duration: 5 hours (9 AM to 2 AM)

Get ready to experience true freedom. Today you go on your first river run from Neem Beach to Janki Setu. This stretch is a total of 8 km and also takes you through your very first class 1 rapid which goes by the name of Hill-Turn.

Before we start, let us look at some seemingly technical words - rapids and river runs – what are these? A rapid is an exciting section on the river where the mainstream flows with extreme force creating mixed currents and wild waves. According to their intensity, they are classified from class 1 to 5 and above. River run refers to cruising for long distances on white-water rivers using kayaks. Class 1 rapids are the platforms for beginners to get introduced to the world of fun and freedom.

We reach Neem Beach around 9 AM, suit up and get on the waters. For the first two hours, we repeat the basics we learned on the first day. Kayaking is an intuitive sport, and strong intuition is gained from continuous practice. The first surprise of the day comes at the end of 2 hours when the instructors level up and take us through a new set of techniques.

We start off with T-rescue, a unique technique used to rescue kayakers on white-waters. Suppose you flip over while cruising on rivers; T-rescue helps you resurface. Learning T-rescue demands rolling over and going underwater many times for practice. The blurry sight underwater might be frightening in the beginning. Just relax and start counting; it will help you maintain focus. An external kayak will quickly connect with you in a perpendicular. Hold the bow of the other kayak and raise yourself back to the surface. This process looks like a T from a distance, giving it the name T-rescue.

This is followed by ferrying. Ferrying is crossing from one side of the stream to the other. Kayakers use ferry methods to turn their boats and get into rapids using the flow of the water.

The third technique is bracing or high bracing which is absolutely thrilling. High braces are used to maintain balance on the water. If the boat slants or flips, use your paddle to brace the water and return to the base form gently. Leaning is another technique that helps control your kayak's balance and speed. Lean forward while going ahead and lean backward while paddling back. This position adds stability and holds the center mass of your body.

We practice all the techniques for 2 more hours until we get ready for the ultimate surprise of the day, the river run! We enter into the main flow of the river stream and kayak for 8 km under the iconic bridges, Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, and Janki Setu. The instructors will paddle close to us and guide us throughout the journey. Just focus on maintaining a line and paddle with better strokes.

Follow the instructors and paddle into the main water current. The waters are calm and tranquil for the first 2 km. Observe the wild trees and boulders dipping their feet on the river's shores. At the end of 2 km, we can see and hear the waves roaring from a distance. That's the rapid section of Hill-Turn. You notice the grand turning point of the stream near a small quaint hill. The wild waves lift and rock your kayak. It is scary the first few times – the trick is to stay calm and remember that you are in the hands of experts who know how to keep you out of harm’s way and are skilled enough to manage any situation that presents itself in the water. Another thing to do is to keep your lower body tight and never stop paddling. The force from the kayak will pierce through the waves and move ahead.

After crossing Hill-Turn (rapid), we enter under the iconic bridges Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, and Janki Setu. To hear the tourists cheering you on from the bridge is just as enthralling as being in the water. The flow of Ganga gets softer and slower near Janki Setu bridge. We stop at an exit point here, get out of the water, and travel back to our hotels around 2 PM.

Day 3

Practice at Brahmapuri & River Run Through Class 2 Rapids

Duration: 5 hours (9 AM to 2 AM)

Today we go through some action-packed class 2 rapids from Brahmapuri to Neem Beach, covering a distance of 8 km. The names of the rapids are Initiation (Class 2) and Double Trouble (Class 2). 

Class 2 rapids are sections of the river with wider space, fast currents, minimal rocks, and moderate waves. They fall under the easy to medium category ideal for beginners to practice and gain experience. The high waves are easy to read, and a kayaker can comfortably maintain a line.

The instructors pick us up at 9 AM and take us to Brahmapuri, another well-known shore of Ganga. As we revisit the basics and practice all the techniques we learnt over the past few days, the instructors observe and make us demonstrate what we have learned until now. This involves several flips, paddling strokes, and T-rescues. They make us warm up with some quick paddling near the shorelines before initiating the river run.

The instructors enter the rapids ahead of us and paddle straight through those big waves. Swiftly follow them and don't stop. Class 2 waves might be bigger, and sometimes they slightly lift our boats. Do not panic here; enjoy the sheer force from the water splashes and feel the raw adrenaline rush. You are experiencing a natural miracle from a front seat on the waters of Ganga. Even if you roll over, you can easily put to use techniques we learnt like wet exit and body surf with the help of a life jacket to get yourself back in the right position.

After coming out of initiation, we enter a calm belt of soft waters. Rest and observe the beauty of wild trees and huge rocks around. Feel the peace and tranquility flowing within you in sync with the main river.

Double Trouble is the show-stopper of today's river run. Just as the name suggests, it has two sections. The first section is surprising with its mixed current, and the second part emerges suddenly from nowhere, just like a spinning roller coaster. Is it surprising, then, that there is a complete sense of fulfillment at the end of these 8 kilometers!? After this exciting and long day, we settle at Neem Beach for refreshments and head back to our accommodation by 2 PM because we deserve all the rest we can get after what we achieved today.

Day 4

Pool Session for Eskimo Roll

Duration: 5 hours (9 AM to 2 PM)

Today is the day we upgrade and learn an advanced technique called the Eskimo Roll. Our training ground to learn this technique is a little different. Practicing the roll in moving water is complex and confusing, and so we find a calmer and more secure environment indoors - a swimming pool. 

An Eskimo Roll is a kayaker's way of self-rescue. Getting flipped or turning upside down is common in white-water kayaking. The remedies to this situation are T-rescue and wet exit. But, the chances of T-rescue being a success on rapids are low, and wet exits demand draining water out of kayaks. The best option to resurface, then, is Eskimo Roll.

As usual, the instructors pick us up at 9 AM and take us to the nearest swimming pool in Tapovan, Rishikesh. We get ready, suit up, warm up, and get on the waters. We practice the rolling technique for 5 hours here and return to our accommodation by 2 PM.

Day 5

Pool Session for Eskimo Roll

Duration: 5 hours (9 AM to 2 PM)

Practice makes perfect! We practice our Eskimo Rolls in a swimming pool all day today. Eskimo roll is an advanced technique which requires ample practice like any other skill. If you don’t get it right the first few times, fret not. The pool practice is designed to make you understand the concept of rolling and making your body accustomed to the technique. So, it's ok if you are not perfect. We will practice until we grasp the rolling style and method. So, after the two-day practice, you can try to roll over if you find yourself upside down in the river. If not, do a wet exit.

Also, think about the fun you experience here. It is a mini-adventure pool party. Along with our pool buddies and instructors, we practice rolling together.

Day 6

River Run through 4 Rapids and Ferry Practice

Duration: 5 hours (9 AM to 2 PM)

Day 6 is the most exciting and challenging day of the course. Today we cross through not one, not two but FOUR class-2 rapids covering a distance of 12 km from Phool Chatti to Neem Beach – our longest river run yet. The names of the rapids are Clubhouse (Class 2), Cash Flow (Class 2), Initiation (Class 2), and Double Trouble (Class 2).

Muster some willpower, put on your adventure cap, and stretch your muscles. Today is going to be a fun ride. The instructor picks us up at 9 AM and takes us to Phool Chatti, where the water sports originated in Rishikesh 50 years ago.

For the first two hours, we revise all the techniques and strokes we learned in the past few days. And then the river run begins – but this time there’s a twist! Until now, we have seen the instructors ferrying inside a rapid first with us in tow but today it’s time to take matters into our own hands. We get in first and the instructors follow us – fear is the new excitement.

After a brief practice of ferrying on the shores of Phool Chatti, we go a little upstream towards the beginning of Clubhouse. Ferry in and quickly paddle through the roaring currents of Clubhouse. The second rapid which goes by the name of Cash Flow is a short and wild one. Maintain the line and never stop paddling. Two familiar rapids welcome us around 4 km into the river with their smiling waves - Initiation, and Double Trouble. Once you enter the shorelines of Neem Beach, do not forget to notice the victory smile on your course mates' faces because that’s the same expression everyone’s seeing on your face too!

Day 7

River Run through 4 Rapids and Ferry Practice

Today is the final day of the course. The river trail is the same as yesterday. Our river run starts from Phool Chatti and goes all the way to Neem Beach, covering four class 2 rapids and 12 km. It is time to put all the skills we have learned to the test today. Practice as much as possible and clear all your doubts before heading into the rapids. Warm-up well, revise all the strokes, and ferry into the flow of Clubhouse. Finally, notice the growth in your skill level and confidence at the end of the river run. You are a certified beginner in kayaking now, ready to handle any class 2 rapid with grace and style under the supervision of an instructor.

What's Included

  • Experienced team having appropriate training and certifications for whitewater rescue and wilderness first aid.
  • Local transfers for kayaking.
  • Use of non shared exclusive kayaking gear ( kayak, spray deck, wet suit, neoprene booties, paddle, helmet, PFD).
  • Instructions, river guides for safety/rescue support, all necessary rescue equipment.
  • River permits, Forest/National parks entry fees/permits, inner line permits, all necessary legal paperwork & documentation.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.

What's Not Included

  • Train/Air fares up to and from the starting and ending points.
  • Accommodation and meals.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the schedule/program.

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Difficult
340 m
40 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 6

Integrated Basic Kayaking Course is a level 6 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

This makes it mandatory for you to have experience of preferably multiple activities marked at level 5 on the BRS. You should have a basic level of comfort in the water. By knowing how to swim does increase your confidence of being in the water. If you are able to swim 25 meter laps without stopping & float on water for 2-3 minutes, consider yourself eligible for this course.

If you do not know what level of BRS trek would suit you best, worry not! Fill out this Form:

we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.

Packing List

  • Quick drying clothes/Swimming costume
  • Waterproof floater kind of sandals with secured back strap
  • Retainer strap for shades or Prescription glasses
  • Sun protection cream
  • Moisturiser
  • Extra clothes to wear after Kayaking
  • Towel
  • Toilet kit


Frequently Asked Questions



If you are someone who wants to enter the world of water sports, kayaking is the best place to start because it is one of the safest water sports you can experience. The kayaks are made of sturdy waterproof materials, and the sport involves using a personal floating device, a life jacket which keeps you from drowning.

Basic level of fitness is enough to enjoy kayaking. Your body weight should be in normal BMI category. In case of chronic illness, past ailments, and any medical conditions, please consult a doctor first.

You should have a basic level of comfort in the water. Knowing how to swim increases your confidence of being in the water. If you are able to swim 25 meter laps without stopping & float on water for 2-3 minutes, consider yourself eligible for this course.

The minimum age limit is 18 years.

Anything below 85-90 kgs is what a normal kayak can support.


We offer kayaking courses in Rishikesh in the currents of Ganga which provide for all levels of rapids perfect for a beginner to get a taste for the sport.

Our batch sizes are capped at 10 with the outdoor leader to participant ratio at 1:2.

Starting anything new can be scary, but fret not, kayaking is heaps of fun and with experts and safety measures all laid out, it is also very safe.

The course is meticulously planned to equip you with the basic techniques of kayaking and provide you with a strong foundation to take up the sport more seriously. At the end of the course, you will be equipped and trained enough to cross a class 2 rapid in style. The key benefits of this course are that you will get well-versed with the fundamentals of the sport, have some electrifying experience on rapids and lose the fear of water.

The training runs for 5-6 hours each day.

In summers March to May are the best months whereas the best months before winters are September and October before the water gets really cold.

During summers, the waters are pleasant and bearable. Plus, the wet suit we wear during kayaking is specially designed to keep you warm.

All the essentials required for kayaking will be provided to you as part of the course. You don’t need to bring anything except swimming/ sports briefs to wear inside your wet suit.


We hold the course in the waters of Ganga in Rishikesh. The closest airports to Rishikesh are Dehradun and Delhi. You can hire cabs or get state buses which run frequently between these cities. Dehradun is close to 90 minutes from Rishikesh and Delhi is around 5-6 hours away. You can alternatively take a train to Haridwar and get a local cab from there to Rishikesh. There is also a railway station in Rishikesh itself.

Yes, Rishikesh has impeccable cell reception and network connectivity.

Rishikesh is a major town and has plenty of ATMs.

Some nearby attractions you can explore in Rishikesh:

Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula: These suspension bridges are iconic landmarks in Rishikesh. They offer stunning views of the Ganges River and the surrounding hills. You can take a walk across the bridges and explore the bustling markets nearby.

Triveni Ghat: Triveni Ghat is a sacred bathing ghat where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers are believed to meet. It's a popular spot for evening aarti (a religious ceremony) and offers a serene atmosphere for meditation and spiritual activities.

Parmarth Niketan Ashram: This renowned ashram is one of the largest spiritual centers in Rishikesh. It hosts various yoga and meditation programs, spiritual discourses, and cultural events. The ashram is located on the banks of the Ganges River and provides a tranquil environment for introspection.

Beatles Ashram (Chaurasi Kutia): This abandoned ashram gained fame when The Beatles visited Rishikesh in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation. The ashram is now open to the public and offers a glimpse into the band's spiritual journey. You can explore the colorful graffiti-covered buildings and enjoy the serene surroundings.


We do not offer accommodation as part of the course. Given that Rishikesh is a tourist-friendly city, accommodation of all kinds is easily available. We recommend you find accommodation in Tapovan since your pick-up and drop-off on each day of the training is from that area of Rishikesh.

We do not offer pick-up and drop-off services. We only provide transportation to and from the training site.

Yes, insurance for any adventure activity is highly recommended to cover for the cost of any emergency service required as well as to cover for medical cost in case of injury or illness during the course. You can buy it on your own from any third-party insurance company which provides adventure-based insurance.

Yes, there are permits required for this. We obtain the permit on behalf of each participant. The cost of the permit is included in your course fee.

Pick-up and drop-off on each day of the training will be from Tapovan. The exact location will be shared with you on the Whatsapp group closer to the date of starting the training.

Since it is a water-based adventure, we would recommend you use tampons or menstrual cups. If you are not comfortable with these, we would recommend you pick batch dates that don’t clash with your menstrual cycle.


A copy of your ID Proof (Aadhar card or any other government ID) and Medical Certificate are the mandatory documents required for this course. (Soft copies for all of these are to be sent to us & originals should be on your person while on the trek.)


Yes, you will receive e-certificates (of completion) after the course. In case you were unable to finish the course, you will get a certificate of participation.

On completion of the course, the certificate will show up on your dashboard on our website. You can download it directly from there.


We hold the training in Rishikesh, which is in India. If you are coming from outside, you will need a visa to enter the country. You should be able to find the rules for obtaining a Visa based on your home country on the internet. This information is easily available.

This does not apply to you if you are an Indian citizen. In case you don’t hold an Indian passport, you will need to check online for Visa application rules based on your home country.

If you are not an Indian citizen, you will need Travel Medical Insurance to travel to the country. Please make sure that your insurance policy is valid for the activity you are undertaking.

We offer white-water kayaking courses in Rishikesh in the currents of Ganga which provide for all levels of rapids perfect for a beginner to get a taste for the sport. Rishikesh also has established safety measures since it is a hub for water sports like kayaking making it a safe place for a beginner.

You can make the booking any time depending on availability of slots in our fixed batches. You will get this information at the top of this page.


On making the payment, you will receive a booking confirmation along with the packing list and a copy of the undertaking form via email. You will subsequently receive emails providing other details of the course. Please add info@bikatadventures.com in your trusted emails list to make sure our emails don't go to your spam folder.

A Whatsapp group will be formed a few weeks before the start of the course. Members from our team are on those groups as well. Feel free to seek any clarifications you require in regards to the trek, on the group itself. Updates related to the course will be shared on the Whatsapp group as well.

Yes, we create a Whatsapp group a few weeks before the start date so that the flow of information remains smooth and transparent.

Yes, it is one of the mandatory documents you will need to submit before the course starts. The soft copy is to be sent to us & the original should be on your person when you arrive for the course.

Yes, we will provide you an undertaking form through email which will need to be filled up by you and submitted to us post booking.

Why Bikat?

Safety


Impeccable safety record


Expertise


Capability to run trips in remote and difficult regions


Equipment


State of the art equipment


Eco-sensitive approach


We conduct our courses in an eco friendly manner


Team


Very competent, committed and cohesive team


Personalized experience to guests


1:2 ratio between Instructors & Students - One instructor for two students


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Cancellation Policy


Cash refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date

5% deduction

Cancellations between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure date

50% deduction

Cancellations within 15 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Voucher refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date

No Deduction

Cancellations within 5 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Please Note:
  1. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers
  2. This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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