Colorado Whitewater Instruction Program

The Colorado Whitewater instruction program provides a unique approach to learning to paddle. The central aspect of CW is community, and when you learn to paddle with CW, you are doing so among friends who you will be able to share river time in the years to come.


All of CW's instructors are certified by the nationally sanctioned American Canoe Association (ACA) to ensure top-quality, up-to-date, and consistent teaching methods. Additionally as your peers, CW's instructors have a vested interest in helping you reach your potential.  Meet our CW’s instructors.

The CW course catalog provides an impressive, wide array of classes that help you improve your skills from beginner all the way through advanced paddling and in various kayaking disciplines.  Browse CW’s course catalog.

CW is also a strong advocate for river safety and is proud to offer ACA level 4 swiftwater safety classes, knots for safety and river rescue, CPR/First Aid, and mechanical advantage seminars. Check out our Whitewater Safety page.

Finally, CW's instruction program is designed to dovetail with the club's river events (Training Camp, Poudre Weekend, Cruises, etc.) so that your skills continue to improve even after the formal instruction is finished.  Read all about CW’s on-river instruction.



Colorado Whitewater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  455 Sherman Street, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203

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