New Mexico Kayak Instruction, Inc.

New Mexico Kayak Instruction, Inc.

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Hope all is well.
I am looking to purchase a solo white water canoe if any knows of one for sale.

Paddle on.

Bob
Had a wonderful time at your class yesterday! Thank you so much for dedication and kindness to teaching your craft.
Improve your paddling with an inexpensive homemade paddle / kayak ergometer. You can see video of it in action at https://diypaddleergometers.wixsite.com/build. You will also have the option of buying detailed plans for $8 Cdn. ($6 U.S.). It’s a great way to own a very functional and affordable piece of training equipment. Being out on the water is always best, but an erg can help with conditioning and technique on the days you can't get out.
Kelly's passion for kayaking is evident. He has a genuine love for helping kayakers at various levels improve their skills in a variety of real-world situations.Kelly is an excellent communicator.His instructions are easy to follow, and easy to retain. He allows ample opportunity to practice skills like how to read the river, upstream and downstream navigation techniques, and planning maneuvers in advance. Kelly gives his students individual attention at the level they need to improve while the entire group is immersed in the fun environment he creates! I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to take their kayaking skill to the next level.
I loved kayaking with my family last Saturday for level 1 and 2 classes. My 2 boys ages 14 and 10 picked it up so fast. They were really tired and hungry by the end of the first class. They worked/ played really hard. We will be doing more kayaking as a family!!

My husband and I took the level 2 class in the afternoon. In spite of the crazy wind and rain, we really enjoyed the class. I have never seen such a beautiful rainbow anywhere in the world as we did floating down the Rio Grande, in New Mexico on Saturday! Jackson, MJ, and Eric gave excellent and clear instruction. I enjoyed learning from them. They were positive and encouraging.

I'm so excited to be taking the level 3 class with my husband this weekend! One of the last weekends on the river before it is too cold and snowy!

I highly recommend taking these classes!!

Adventures on the Water Begin Here! http://www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com
Instruction * Sales * Rentals * Adventure Travel Each year New Mexico Kayak Instruction (NMKI) teaches over 500 Adults, Kids, Seniors & people with disabilities how to kayak!

NMKI is also the largest whitewater & touring kayak retailer in New Mexico. We believe anyone can kayak, and New Mexico is a great place for it! Kids, adults, seniors and people with disabilities all find something rewading about kayaking and going where there are no roads or trails. http://www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com

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Operating as usual

10/09/2018

Go Paddle

Great advice to consider when teaching a child (or an adult) to paddle.

(It's also a state law in New Mexico to wear a life jacket anytime you're paddling a canoe, kayak, raft or stand-up paddleboard)

Your child is a great swimmer and doesn't need a lifejacket when swimming, so do they need to wear a PFD when they paddle with you? In this episode of our new Paddling with Kids series, Ken Whiting explains why your child should always wear a PFD when you hit the water.

Produced in partnership with the ACA: Canoe - Kayak - SUP - Raft - Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard.

05/24/2018

A friendly game of Ultimate Kayak Frisbee with a group of 11th graders from Albuquerque Public Schools East Mountain High School at Sandia Lakes & Recreation Center. Got a youth group that loves the outdoors? We can get 'em hooked on Kayaking through 1hr of high level instruction and 1hr of fun games Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:30pm Advanced registration is required. Visit www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com/ and "contact us" to book your next youth event!

#nmlife #newmexicotrue #newmexico #nmtrue #purenm #nmgrammers #divinedeserts #beautifulnm #nmoutdoors #lovenm #nm_outdoors #landofenchantment #newmexicotrue #505 #newmexico #nm #travelnm #purenewmexico #landlocked

05/13/2018

Another day at the office. So much fun it hardly feels like we're working! Want to get out one the water and learn something new? Whitewater is easier than you think, but it's not intuitive. When we have speed in the right direction, whitewater is actually pretty easy. When we have speed in the wrong direction, whitewater can be pretty hard. And when we have no speed at all, we're at the mercy of the current. Learn the basics without the distraction of currents through fun games like Ultimate Kayak Frisbee or Duct Tape Tag. Next class is June 2 or June 10 at Sandia Lakes & Recreation Center.

New Mexico Kayak Instruction - Adventures On The Water Begin Here!

04/27/2018

Learning to roll a kayak isn't as hard as you think. It's a few simple laws of physics, or muscle movements that get the boat underneath of you and utilize the buoyancy of the boat to do the hard work. The common misconception is to get on top of the boat, which uses a completely different set of muscles. By getting the boat underneath of you, you utilize hundreds of pounds of buoyancy of the kayak, which can lift you up out of the water like a feather. We really don't even need the paddle. The use of a flotation bag simulated the mechanics of getting the kayak underneath of you. In this clip you can see both the right way and the wrong way; one way is effortless and the other is labored.

Follow @newmexicokayakinstruction for more tips on how to become a better paddler or join us in one of our group or private lessons at www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com

02/22/2018

NRS

Here's a great write-up on the boating in Northern New Mexico. Class II to Class V. You can find it all right in our own backyard.

Northern New Mexico has more than enough whitewater to fill a paddler's itinerary. We recommend exploring Taos. From the Class II Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande to the Class V Embudo and, of course, Taos Box, this area has it all. Plus, who can say no to tacos and margaritas?

09/05/2017

Here's a great opportunity for UNM Students, staff and faculty. 3 weeks of basic training at the UNM Johnson Center Pool followed by a full weekend of whitewater training near Taos. Over 30 hrs of formal training at a significantly reduced price. Bonus if you quality for tuition remission from UNM! Call the number on the flyer and #adventurewithus!

#unmrecservices #unmgetawayadventures #kayaking #nmkayakinstruction #unmstudents #unmfaculty #unmstaff #river #whitewaterkayaking #unmjohnsoncenter #unmrecreationalservices #kayak #unmtuitionremission #kellyiscool

08/19/2017

Join New Mexico Kayak Instruction and 3500 other participants at the New Mexico Outdoor Expo, held today and tomorrow at the Albuquerque Shooting Range, hosted by our friends at New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. We're be here today and tomorrow until 4pm. The event is free and open to the public! #AdventureWithUs

08/15/2017

Red Bull

So much of what we teach in kayaking is counter-intuitive. Who would guess that, in some cases, the path of least resistance is upstream? Simple laws of physics. Attainments are a great way of calibrating your skills without increasing the risk. Most people can float down a class I rapid with no problem. But can they paddle up a class I rapid? Doing so requires class III skills, but only class I risk. Paddling up a class II often requires class IV skills, but only class II risk. If you'd like to learn more about paddling smarter, not harder, join us for one of our Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 clinics to improve your skills. With proper instruction, you'll learn how to calibrate your skills, so you'll know exactly when it's time to try harder whitewater.

Learn more at
www.NewMexicoKayakInstruction.com

Paddling against a water force of 16 tonnes. (That's 8 elephants, by the way 🐘) 😱 http://win.gs/2vS826l

06/15/2017

Nearly a decade ago, New Mexico Kayak Instruction began hosting these Open House paddling sessions as a place for our students to get practice outside of class. Sometimes we have fun games like Ultimate Kayak Frisbee or Kayak Polo, SUP Kickball or SUPLacrosse. Other times we have private lessons. We often have first-timers who just want to spend time relaxing on the water, or scout groups who want to expose their kids to something new but structured learning in a safe environment. Over time, it evolved into more of a community event and soon became a welcoming venue for people with disabilities. In 2012 Sandia Lakes & Recreation Center asked us to bring these programs to their amazing venue. Today is a classic example of everything a healthy, active paddling community should be; some were here to practice, others were here to learn, some were here to play games, many were here to volunteer for Kayak New Mexico, Inc. 501c3 adaptive kayaking program. #adventurewithus 😊

11/17/2016

It's a great day for Kayak sailings in Albuquerque! Who's in?!?

10/22/2016

Flow Motion Aerials

One can overcome a lot of fear, and build huge confidence by accepting three simple words: "It's Just Water!"

When we see the river for what it is, instead of our self-imposed projections, we can learn a lot more about it -- and ourselves.

If this video stirs some emotion in you, ask yourself why?

It probably boils down to fear. Fear of what? The unknown. Can these variables be identified, risk calculated and fear removed? Absolutely.

When I watch this video, I see combinations of skill and confidence. The two go hand-in-hand. But they usually don't start on class V drops. They start with the fundamentals. In our Whitewater Weekend class, Common Sense Rescue class and more advanced classes, we spend a lot of time swimming rapids. Everything is 'challenge by choice' -- but the intent is to overcome fear by making educated decisions based on the laws of physics about what the river is telling us. Some drops are simply benign. Some fears are simply unwarranted.

And, as you can see in this video, they're having a ton of fun!

"It's Just Water!"

Finally! Here’s the edit we’ve all been waiting for, the 4th edition of The Cheakamus HuckFest! This should bring back a bunch of great memories.

Enjoy this funky goodness and see you all next year!

Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/188404909

#huckfest2016 #funkyfalltriplecrown #whistler

WaterFlow | XL Audio Visual | Best Coast Christmas Lights | The Adventure Group Whistler

rapidmedia.com 10/19/2016

Why Going Bigger Makes the Whitewater World Smaller

I thought this was a great read, and embodies a core philosophy here at NMKI.

"Whitewater kayaking is one of the smallest adventure sports there is. The Nantahala Outdoor Center estimates there are roughly 40,000 regular whitewater kayakers in the U.S., defined as people who own a kayak and paddle once a year. Compare that to 20 million skiers and two million rock climbers and you realize just how small our clan really is.

One reason for our minority is the huge attrition coming from bad experiences. Plenty of people think kayaking looks fun and they try it out. However, they are set up for failure by expecting success with little preparation, and dealing with fear using artificial bravado.

Consider the guy whose friends take him on the local run (“Dude, it’s easy!”). He flips, flails upside down, gasping and scared. He has no skills but they say, “Get back on the horse!”

Or the anxious intermediate woman looking at her first class IV. She doesn’t have confidence but her friends urge her, “Step it up, go bigger!”

For every person I know who paddled whitewater for a season, many more have told me they got scared and quit. No wonder our sport is so small......"

rapidmedia.com Just because you don't chase big rapids or waterfalls, doesn't mean you're not a true paddler.

09/18/2016

"Open House" Kayak & SUP Fun, Games and Practice | New Mexico Kayak Instruction

New Mexico Kayak Instruction will be hosting our Kayak Open House at Sandia Lakes, on September 21 at 5:30pm. Grab your kayak, canoe, paddle board and come out and enjoy the evening on the water.
#NMKI, #KayakSandiaLakes, #NewMexicoKayakInstruction
http://www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com/open-house-kayak-sup-fun-games-and-practice/bernalillo/sep/21/2016

newmexicokayakinstruction.com "Discover Paddling" Every Wednesday at Sandia Lakes Recreation Area! Come join us for a variety of fun skills building games, socialization and practice. Ideal for NMKI students who want to practice or tune up, meet others or play fun games.

09/15/2016

Live at Sandia Lakes with Cub Scout Pack #411!

09/11/2016

Hurricane Newton threatened rain all day Wednesday, but it didn't stop 13 Girl Scouts from Toop #1213, #10281 and #10397 from coming out and having a great time! This week we welcome Cub Scouts from Pack #411 with a 1hr mini-lesson and 1hr of fun skills-building games like Ultimate Kayak Frisbee! To book your group of 10 or more kids, Wednesdays through September, email [email protected]
"Adventures on the Water Begin Here!"

audubon.org 09/08/2016

More than 260 Million Gallons of Water Began Flowing Into the Parched Rio Grande This Month

Good news, and good timing for the Rio Grande. Shout out to our friends at Audubon New Mexico for helping restoration efforts in critical areas!

audubon.org A historic collaboration between Audubon New Mexico and Native American tribes should help ease dry times for local birds and people.

Rio Grande Bosque Tour 9/4/16 09/07/2016

People tell us they've lived in Albuquerque their whole life and never knew they could kayak in the Rio Grande, and how beautiful the river really is when removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city.

Aside from a few homes, we see nothing but stunning views of the Sandia Mountains and assorted wildlife and waterfoul as we paddle through 10 miles of one of the largest urban forests in the world. Great Blue Heron are seen year around near the river and we often see Snowy Egrets, Cooper's Hawks and Great Horned Owls, among others.

People tell us they've lived in Albuquerque their whole life and never knew they could kayak in the Rio Grande, and how beautiful the river really is when removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city.

Aside from a few homes, we see nothing but stunning views of the Sandia Mountains and assorted wildlife and waterfoul as we paddle through 10 miles of one of the largest urban forests in the world. Great Blue Heron are seen year around near the river and we often see Snowy Egrets, Cooper's Hawks and Great Horned Owls, among others.

Rio Grande Kayak Bosque Tour 9/3/16 09/07/2016

People tell us they've lived in Albuquerque their whole life and never knew they could kayak in the Rio Grande, and how beautiful the river really is when removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city.

Aside from a few homes, we see nothing but stunning views of the Sandia Mountains and assorted wildlife and waterfoul as we paddle through 10 miles of one of the largest urban forests in the world. Great Blue Heron are seen year around near the river and we often see Snowy Egrets, Cooper's Hawks and Great Horned Owls, among others.

People tell us they've lived in Albuquerque their whole life and never knew they could kayak in the Rio Grande, and how beautiful the river really is when removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city.

Aside from a few homes, we see nothing but stunning views of the Sandia Mountains and assorted wildlife and waterfoul as we paddle through 10 miles of one of the largest urban forests in the world. Great Blue Heron are seen year around near the river and we often see Snowy Egrets, Cooper's Hawks and Great Horned Owls, among others.

[09/04/16]   Wishing you could spend Sunday afternoon kayaking, but can't? Join us for the next best thing - pizza and the Kayak Polo World Championships; 5pm @ Mario's Pizzeria on 4th St!

Watch the US National Team in the world championship games. Kayak Polo is a great way to build skills in the off-season and meet a core group of paddlers to hit the rivers with.

09/04/2016

Level 3 Whitewater for Advanced Beginners | New Mexico Kayak Instruction

September 24 and 25, we will be hosting another Whitewater Weekend Class in Taos. We will also be offering our Whitewater for Advanced Begginers Class in Taos this weekend. So if you are looking to expand on your knowledge from our Introduction to Whitewater Class, expand your knowledge of Common Sense Rescue, River Hazards and Scouting this class is for you. #NMKI, #WhitewaterKayaing, #KayakInstruction, #Taos
http://www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com/level-3-whitewater-advanced-beginners/near-pilar/sep/24/2016

newmexicokayakinstruction.com To register for this event, please complete and submit this contact form. We will contact you soon with details regarding your registration. Please note, registration is not confirmed until your deposit is received.

newmexicokayakinstruction.com 08/29/2016

Kayak Tours | New Mexico Kayak Instruction

Growing up, Labor Day meant long weekends on water with family and good friends, and often included cookouts and BBQs! A few of my favorite things made up some of my best memories! If you're wanting to wrap up summer and celebrate the meaning of Labor Day on the water, we can help with guided tours Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Space is limited, so call today! 505-217-2187

newmexicokayakinstruction.com People tell us they've lived in Albuquerque their whole life and never knew they could kayak in the Rio Grande, and how beautiful the river really is when removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Visitors to Albuquerque tell us how amazing it is to paddle in the middle of a major city, an...

08/28/2016

(Level 2) The Kayak Roll | New Mexico Kayak Instruction

New Mexico Kayak Instruction will be offering our Level 2, The Kayak Roll Class at Rio Grande Indoor Pool from 8am to 1200pm. Sign up now to reserve your spot!
#NMKI, #KayakRoll, #NewMexicoWhitewater
http://www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com/level-2-kayak-roll/albuquerque/sep/10/2016

newmexicokayakinstruction.com Rolling a kayak is an essential skill for any serious paddler. It is considered the safest form of a rescue, because it involves only one person, can be done in just a few seconds, and keeps you inside the kayak, protected from rocks, cold water and other hazards.

08/21/2016

Best quote overheard from kids milling around at the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Outdoor Expo: "Just think of all the kayaks we could fit inside here!" (referring to the toy hauler on the left). Our slogan "Adventures on the Water Begin Here!" rang true to some 1,400 participants this weekend, in a tiny man-made pool on the West Mesa. But it was enough to light a fire in many kids and families wanting to spend more time outdoors with their kids.
Thanks DGF for hosting the event and building the kayak pond, the many families who waited in line for a chance to kayak, NMKI staff and volunteers from the Albuquerque Kayak Meetup and US Coastguard Auxiliary. We'll see you on the water again soon!

"Adventures on the Water Begin Here!" at New Mexico Kayak Instruction
#NMKI #NMKIWhitewater #outdoorexpo #NMDGF

[08/21/16]   August 24, New Mexico Kayak Instruction will host another Kayak Open House at Sandia Lakes. Beat the heat and bring out our playboat, recreational kayak, or SUP and have fun on the water while meeting new paddling partners.
#NMKI, #KayakSanidaLakes, #KayakRollPratice

newmexicokayakinstruction.com 08/21/2016

Rio Grande Bosque Kayak Tours | New Mexico Kayak Instruction

"Adventures on the Water Begin Here!"
Escape the busy city and beat the summer heat with a guided Rio Grande Bosque kayak tour. The 5400 acre urban forest separates you from civilization as we paddle past stunning views of the Sandia Mountains with only a few signs of human intervention. Weekend Guided Kayak Tours offered from April through October.

newmexicokayakinstruction.com Protected from development by the levee system, the Rio Grande Bosque is a hidden oasis in the heart of the state's largest city. Our guided tours will take you through nearly 2 million years of history as we paddle past ancient volcanoes, petrogly..

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Learning to roll a kayak isn't as hard as you think. It's a few simple laws of physics, or muscle movements that get the...
Learning to roll a kayak isn't as hard as you think. It's a few simple laws of physics, or muscle movements that get the...
Live at Sandia Lakes with Cub Scout Pack #411!
Reporting live from the Rio Grande Bosque.  Join us Thursday,  Friday or Saturday for more Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours.  ...
Jane and Sarah making the "Lifeguard rescue" look easy. Great solution for an injured paddler with minimal equipment. Ca...
National Disabily Employment Awareness Month
"KKisses" kisses the Rio Grande
Santa Fe Sunrise Splash 'n Dash
This time tomorrow, we anticipate being right in the middle of - literally - hundreds of balloons. Conditions are ideal....
3 Days to Go!  This was BY FAR one of the most exciting Splash-n-Dashes of 2012.  Limited space available on most days, ...
4 Days to go!  Current weather and water temps are looking AWESOME!!!  Warm and sunny, with still many feet of water bac...
There's a lot more where these came from!  Come see for yourself!  Guided Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours offered daily Octob...

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Albuquerque, NM
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Every Adventure has a Beginning. http://www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com Instruction - whitewater, touring, kids, adaptive kayaking (for people with disabilities), Stand Up Paddling (SUP), River Boarding Sales - New Mexico's only authorized Jackson Kayak, Liquid Logic Kayak, Current Designs and Delta Kayaks dealer. We have more than 70 boats in our program Rentals - Rentals available upon request Adventure Travel

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Monday 6pm - 10pm
Tuesday 6pm - 10pm
Wednesday 6pm - 10pm
Thursday 6pm - 10pm
Friday 6pm - 10pm
Saturday 6pm - 10pm
Sunday 6pm - 10pm
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