Again this is a beginner experience and you certainly don't have to be a serious athlete, but you will be paddling moderate distances on the Susquehanna River. It is a good idea to have done some physical preparations in advance to make things less stressful upon your body. Examples could be rowing, hiking, running, biking, swimming, or any other physical activity to get your heart rate up.
More importantly, please make sure to get plenty of rest prior to the trip; arrive refreshed as much as possible and ready for an awesome experience. We know the time is stressful with move-in, but try to take time to rest. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of water the week before the trip to hydrate your body. The temperatures in August can be intense and we want to make sure everyone remains healthy during the experience. We do recommend preparing a little for the physical activity.
Here are a few websites that are kayak specific but also work for canoeing that might help with preparations:
If you have interest about the river there are a few links below. The river is extremely wide with lots of islands. You will be amazed by the wildlife along the river, just keep your eye on the look out for Bald Eagles, River Otters, Fish, and other critters as well!
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