We consider a beginner to be a newer paddler who has not had the experience of a wet exit from a kayak or a kayak roll. Beginners are still learning to paddle in a straight line and have limited experience in moving water.

Intermediates likely have a kayak roll that works most of the time, paddle proficiently in a straight line, and exhibit boat control in moving to easy whitewater up to about Class 2+. Advanced paddlers do well in Class 3, hit their rolls, but are bit overwhelmed when confronted with Class 4.

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