River / Whitewater Kayak Instruction
These classes offer expert instruction on moving water. Whether you're just getting into class I/II river running, or you're a seasoned class III/IV whitewater paddler we can help you improve and hone your paddling skill set.
Intro to Whitewater Kayaking
Intro to Whitewater Kayaking
Location: Where water levels are most appropriate
This 2-day class will introduce participants to the world of whitewater (WW) kayaking. During Day-1 (the “short day”, 2-4 hours) students will be introduced to their WW kayak, practice the wet-exit procedure, learn and work on bracing and rolling skills, and research paddling destinations and water levels. Day-2 (the “long day”) will consist of hitting the river and beginning to learn/hone skills such as river reading, eddy turns, peel outs, ferrying, attaining, identifying hazards, surfing basics and more.
Location for the Day-2 portion of class will vary depending on water levels. At the end of our first class day, as a group we will decide on our Day-2 location. We will “chase the water levels.” Because the locations will vary, this means for some sessions we may run short sections of river, while other sessions we will “park & play” to work the most appropriate rapids for the scope of this class. This also means that our class locations could be as close as 20 minutes, or as far as 3.5 hours away. We can provide suggestions for camping or overnight accommodations for the further away rivers, for those participants who may choose to leave town on Saturday.
The Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Class is often taken following our River Fundamentals class. At minimum, registrants are required to have taken our Intro to Kayak Express Clinic, our full-day Intro to Kayak Class, or another outfitters equivalent class.
$195/person for Calendar of Events sessions (dates above)
$250/person for private sessions (2 person minimum)
Client Refresher Classes
Taken the class before? Join us on any of the Calendar of Events Dates listed for a discounted rate!
$45/person/class within 1 year of original class.
Refresher can consist of both days, or just the river day.
To Register for a Refresher please call, 919-416-1200.
The week prior to the date of the class you registered for you will receive a reminder email including a gear list and waiver form.
2 days prior to class date we will email out directions for our class meet location (we can help coordinate carpooling for those interested). As mentioned above in the class description, we will go where the water levels are most appropriate for the scope of this class. This could mean a 20 minute drive or up to a 3 hour drive.
Please call if you have any questions.
IF THE TRIP YOU WANT TO REGISTER FOR IS WITHIN 3-DAYS PLEASE DO NOT MAKE YOUR RESERVATION ONLINE. INSTEAD PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION OVER THE PHONE (919) 416-1200.