Gear Workshops

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Subject (your name) Gear Workshop

Body: Hi SMAXBROS,

I would like to sign up for (insert workshop date and subject here)

Cheers,

(your name)

 

WHO: Are The Smax Brothers?
Sam + Max = SMAX, is the nickname they were given when they started working at Endless River Adventures 4 years ago. Sam and Max are kayak instructors; raft guides and paddle professionally for team Wavesport. The Ovett brothers call the rivers of the Southeastern United States home.

WHAT: Our Mission

Our mission is to share our knowledge and experience in order for you to have the safest and most rewarding experience whenever you are on the river.

WHERE: Endless River Adventures in the Nantahala Gorge

Endless RIver Adventures is a premiere whitewater outfitter in the Nantahala Gorge and has one of the coolest gear shops in all of Western North Carolina.

Directions to ERA http://www.endlessriveradventures.com/Directions-and-Maps

Courses Offered:  Each course is limited to 45 participants.

How to Outfit Your Creekboat and Playboat

This workshop will teach you how to outfit your boat including custom outfitting.  You will learn the points of contact in your outfitting system; understand the anatomy of your posture, and how to set up your outfitting in order to encourage good posture while paddling. When you leave this workshop your boat will be ready for the water.

How to Repair Your Gaskets and Take Care of Your Dry Gear

You will learn how to repair neck gaskets and wrist gaskets in your dry top or drysuit; how to clean and prepare gear in order to re-waterproof and what you can do to make your dry gear last longer. The course will cover the proper care of your dry gear from on the water use to the best storage practices and discuss how the elements affect different fabrics and materials

How to Use Your GoPro Camera

This workshop will teach you all the pro tips and tricks for using your GoPro. We will start by looking at the camera itself and reviewing the different functions on the camera.  Other topics include:  how to keep water spots off the lens, what to do to keep the camera from fogging, mounting options (on and off water) and tips for getting the best shot. You will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of your camera and the ability to use your GoPro to tell a story.

What To Carry For Safety

Want to know what Max and I carry on our PFD’s and in our boats for safety? Most good paddlers have a dry bag that contains an essential kit of safety gear (hint: it is not just a pin kit and basic first aid) this kit would allow them to spend a night on the river as well as deal with almost any unforeseen accident. Find out what goes in that kit as well as in the PFD. Are you doing big water or tight technical creeking, this course will cover what to carry for different styles of whitewater. This course will also go over why you should carry certain items in your PFD and other items in your boat.

How To Pack For An Overnighter

This workshop will help you maximize beer storage for your next overnighter by looking at what is needed for an overnight kayak trip and more importantly what is not. We will explore different packing systems, dry gear storage on a budget, how to pack for a luxury overnighter as well as a bare bones expedition where every ounce counts.

How To Weld A Cracked Boat

One of our favorite subjects! You will learn many types of welds from improvised MacGyver style on the river welds utilizing what is in your dry bag, quick rotational expedition welds, to full on plastic sheet welds. Learn to give your boat life it did not know it had. We will also dive into the chemistry of plastics and how that applies to welding your kayak. This course is hands on and you will be doing some welding on boats we provide. Once this workshop is over you will be comfortable using a heat gun and a grinder to get your boat in tip top floating form.

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-refundable. If you cancel your registration within 48 hours of the scheduled course, you will receive credit to take any course scheduled later in the season.

Lodging Options

Thanks to our friends at Endless River Adventures for this page on local camping and lodging options.

http://www.endlessriveradventures.com/recommended-accommodations

Sign Up Today!

If you would like to sign up please send an email to sam@smaxbros.com

Subject (your name) Gear Workshop

Body: Hi SMAXBROS,

I would like to sign up for (insert workshop date and subject here)

Cheers,

(your name)