3/12/2020: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meyers pool has closed at least until April 5. We have suspended all enrollment in Colorado Whitewater pool classes as we monitor the situation. Students who have already registered and paid for classes will receive additional communication via email. We do not know, at this time, how the remainder of the pool season will be affected. At this time we are planning for Training Camp to be held as scheduled. Please monitor your email, the Colorado Whitewater Facebook page, and this website for additional details. If you have any questions, please direct them to our Instruction Director. Please understand that responses may be slower than normal as we are an all-volunteer organization.

This page will be updated by April 1, 2020

For additional information on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, please reference the CDC, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and your local health department.

2020 Beginner Kayaking Class

This introductory course is based on well-established ACA (American Canoe Association) standards and is designed for people who have little or no whitewater or kayaking experience. You will learn about kayaks, essential gear, basic paddle strokes & techniques, river safety, and we'll introduce you to the kayak (Eskimo) roll*, (getting your kayak upright after capsizing).

It begins in the safe environment of an indoor pool during three, two-hour sessions where a kayak, paddle and spray skirt will be provided. You’ll be taught the basic elements & skills of whitewater kayaking before you get on moving water.

The course will conclude during a weekend in May (Flat Water/Moving Water Weekend) where on Saturday, we’ll meet at a lake in the Denver area that allows more time and space to practice the skills you’ve learned at the pool. On Sunday, you’ll get on moving water for the first time and learn about reading whitewater, river features and maneuvering your kayak. The location on Sunday will not be determined until a few days beforehand as it’s dependent on river levels. We hope to keep it in the Denver area, but it may require a drive to a river with the appropriate level of water and difficultly. Students will need to provide their own kayaks & essential gear for this weekend. If you don’t own your own gear, we’ve been able to arrange with area kayaking shops to rent kayaks & gear to students at discounted rates in the past.

*Note: This course will introduce you to rolling but it’s not the focus of this course and its unlikely students will master this skill. Colorado Whitewater offers classes that focus specifically on rolling. These classes would still be appropriate for students who’ve completed the Beginner Course or have previous kayaking and whitewater experience.

Beginner Kayaking Class Syllabus

Prerequisites: None

Cost: $150 course fee plus $10.50 pool admission for each pool session. Rental equipment (boat, spray skirt, and paddle) available by request.

Class Times & Dates:

*Beginner Women:  This class is designed to be for women, taught by women. We know that many women (and women-identifying people) prefer to be in an all-women environment when learning new things. We want to provide that opportunity. Please consider this course if you're looking for a class targeted specifically for women.

Please direct any questions to our Instruction Coordinator

Refunds: Effective March 1, 2019, we will not be offering refunds for our pool instruction classes. We may be able to accommodate transferring your registration to another class. Please contact the Instruction Coordinator with questions. 

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

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