Paddling is enjoyed on many types of water and in many types of boats.
The NH AMC Paddlers offer a wide range of courses to help you learn to enjoy
the many aspects of paddling, such as quiet water, touring, whitewater, sea kayaking,
and wilderness expeditions. (Almost all our courses are free or a slight change
to cover our costs.)
Our courses focus on you having fun paddling, being safe, learning techniques, and making
friends. Our teaching ranges from informal tips on a trip all the way to a fully
organized school over many days.
QUIET WATER Our Wednesday night paddles and numerous other flat water trips run
throughout the paddling season. These trips provide new and experienced paddlers a
chance to enjoy beautiful places and to meet our leaders and other paddlers. On most
of these trips our leaders will help you try several boats through our inexpensive
boat rental program and give new paddlers instruction.
Our quiet water guide points out some of
the beautiful places our members think are especially nice. For announcements of
these trips, click on Join Us
TOURING Touring trips generally run rivers and lakes. They have the attitude
that we'll take what the river hands out and deal with it. Here, you also get to see
beautiful places while at the same time “ getting someplace.” Because there is
never a requirement to run anything you don't want to run, there may be portaging or lining
down. These are taught as part of our courses. The anchor of our touring program
is the Touring Instruction Course, which can
be followed by our safety courses and additional skill building courses that are included in
our River Skills Building Courses. We welcome
all paddlers on our trips.
WHITEWATER For those that want excitement, our whitewater program is a comprehensive,
supportive, and safe way to get introduced to whitewater. The anchor course for our
whitewater program is our Whitewater School each spring.
As a follow on to that we have a complete set of River
Skills Building Courses.
SEA KAYAKING For those that want to enjoy the beauty of our estuaries, bays, and coastline
along with the wildlife viewing, our sea kayaking program will help you get started in a supportive
and friendly manner. Our SEA KAYAKING SCHOOL is a comprehensive weekend of instruction and
good times. We also offer additional safety and rolling clinics as part of our SEA KAYAKING
CURRICULUM. Through these programs and participating on our trips, you will make friends
and improve your skills.
WILDERNESS EXPEDITIONS We have a large number of canoeists that have extensive wilderness
expedition experience ranging from the arctic to the subtropics. From that experience, we have
developed the Wilderness Expedition Curriculum for canoeists.
As part of this we offer the Wilderness Canoe
Expedition Planning, Equipping, and Provisioning Course in the winter. We offer shorter
wilderness trips as part of our scheduled program.
SAFETY & LEADERSHIP We offer a full range of safety, rescue, and first aid courses as
part of each of our programs. We also have a leadershp program which we encourage all paddlers
to take. Each of these programs are open to everyone and can be taken individually.
INDIVIDUAL COURSES Each of our courses can be taken individually. The purpose in
outlining a curriculum is to show the paddler all the skills offered and to guide the way towards
being an excellent paddler. Some of the skills are not actually paddling such as poling and
canoe sailing. Some are safety oriented such is rescue and first aid. Some are
leadership oriented so that you can help as all enjoy more paddling and arrange your own trips.