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, and river safety.
It begins in the safe environment of an indoor pool during two, 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 and we may have some available to rent separately.
*Note: This course will introduce you to the precursors to rolling but it’s not the focus of this course. Colorado Whitewater offers classes that focus specifically on rolling. These classes would be appropriate of students who’ve completed the Beginner Course or have previous kayaking and whitewater experience.
Beginner Kayaking Class Syllabus
Cost: $190 course fee. Includes three 2-hour pool sessions, the flat-water/moving water weekend and rental equipment (boat, spray skirt, and paddle) for the pool sessions.
Early Bird pricing of $165 for Group A
Class Times & Dates: This is a series of three indoor pool classes and the outdoor Flat Water Moving Water Weekend. The classes will meet from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on the following dates:
- March 16, 2023
- March 23, 2023
Please aim to arrive 15-30 minutes early to change clothes and be ready to go on the pool deck at the start time.
The Flat Water Moving Water Weekend will be held on May 6th and 7th water level and weather dependent, location and times TBD.
Please direct any questions to our Instruction Coordinator
Refunds: 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.