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.

Kayaking Classes & Open Pool Sessions

2020 Classes are on the calendar, Registration is CLOSED  

With the snow coming early in the Fall of 2019, runoff may be especially high again in 2020, if you are not familiar with a river and its levels refer to AW, Riverbrain, or a local guidebook. CW encourages everyone to choose safety over adventure by finding a group to provide instruction, never boating alone, taking a safety class, and staying within your experience and comfort zone.  

Colorado Whitewater offers a variety of kayaking classes for beginners, intermediate, women only, and even kids.

Our classes are taught by volunteer instructors, who are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). ACA-certification is the national standard for professional kayak instructors. We charge a fee for each class, which is used to pay for expenses such as class costs, instructor certification fees, and liability insurance.

2020 Course Schedule:

Click on the links below to learn more about our courses.

Pool Sessions will be held at  Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada unless otherwise indicated.  There will be a $10.50 pool entry fee for all classes. Please direct any questions to our Instruction Coordinator

2020 Open Pool Sessions

You can also come to our open pool sessions at Meyer's Pool to practice and tune up your roll, brace, tricks, and other skills for the upcoming season on your own without instruction. The pool will be open for kayaking practice from 1:00 - 5:00 PM Sundays, starting January 12, 2020 through April 26, 2019. We will post dates on the main calendar if we learn the pool will be closed.

There are other open pools in the area as well.
****Please always check the related website or call to verify that the session is still available!**** 

  • Sundays 1-5 PM at Meyer's Pool in Arvada. Check CW's Calendar and social media for closures and updates. $10.50
  • Sundays 2:00-3:30 PM Wulf Rec Center in Evergreen
  • Sundays 6:00-8:00 PM at EPIC in Fort Collins. $12, no pre-reg required. Kayak polo also available through Mountain Kayak Polo on Thursdays
  • Sundays 4:00-6:00 PM PPWC Cheyenne Mountain Pool in Colorado Springs
  • Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM at Carmondy Rec Center near Belmar in Lakewood. $15 fees support the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Call 720-963-5360 for details.
  • Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Clear Creek Recreation in Idaho Springs. $8.50 Website
  • Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 PM Silverthorne Rec Center $15
  • Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 PM Salida Hot Springs and Pool $12 or $50 for 5 passes.
  • Tuesdays 8:00-10:00 PM Gunnison Western State $5
  • Tuesdays 7:45 - 9:00 PM Gypsum Rec Center (Limit of 10 boats) $5-10
  • Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM Glenwood Springs Rec Center $10
  • Thursdays 6:00-8:00 PM Lake County Aquatics Center in Leadville
  • Fridays 5:15-7:15 PM at Golden Community Recreation Center in Golden. Reservations are required. $15 Website

Rates and dates may change at any time. 

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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