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A female kayaking student paddles a rapid on a beginner kayaking course. Wet Planet Whitewater in Washington Oregon Idaho
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$140 Mon-Fri
$170 Sat-Sun

Beginner Kayaking Refresher


1 day May - Sept
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    Difficulty: Beginner Level II

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    Includes: Lunch and all equipment

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Refresh Your Kayaking Skills

Are you excited to continue kayaking after your first beginner course but need more time before you paddle on your own? Has it been a while since you first tried kayaking, and you’re not sure your body will still be able to perform the skills you learned? A one-day kayak refresher is the perfect way to practice the fundamentals of kayaking before jumping back into the river on your own. This course is for students who have been introduced to basic skills of whitewater kayaking but haven’t had the chance to practice those skills on their own. You understand wet exits, t-rescues, eddy turns, peel-outs, and ferries but are still working on executing them. This refresher course will allow you to refresh previously learned skills by joining the 3rd day of a beginner kayak course. Build skill and confidence with another day on the river to practice, practice, practice. Our instructors will be there to give you the specific, detailed feedback that you need to progress.

Course Requirements: Have previously taken a beginner river kayaking course and have a basic understanding of paddling fundamentals, such as wet exits, t-rescues, self-rescue, edging, boat control, catching eddies, peel-outs, and ferries. Please refer to our kayaking skills overview to determine if this is the appropriate course for you.

This course is based out of our headquarters on the White Salmon River and includes lunch, transportation, and all equipment necessary (unless you want to bring your own).

We offer the Beginner Refresher on the 3rd day of Beginner Kayaking Courses that are already scheduled to run. Potential days for the Beginner Refresher are Fridays and Mondays, May-September.

Our Instructors

Quality instruction and building a solid foundation of kayaking and river running skills are the key to success for new kayakers. We maintain a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:4 or less to allow for plenty of individualized attention. Our passion for teaching and sharing the love for kayaking shows in our classes.  We are proud of our instructors’ ability to pinpoint challenges typically faced by new students and find solutions in various learning styles. We believe an instructor can make or break a beginning kayaker’s experience on the river and hire only the best. Our instructors will conclude by reviewing the skills learned and highlighting areas to work on in the future. We will also provide you with some great local resources to continue this incredible sport and connect you with local clubs and organizations. Mostly, we want to share our passion and enthusiasm for whitewater kayaking with you and wish for you to continue paddling the world’s beautiful rivers on your own.

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“I did two classes with Wet Planet so far and they were both amazing experiences. I did the beginner whitewater kayak class and the roll clinic. I have been paddling almost my entire life and recently made the jump to whitewater and wanted to take some courses to make sure that I am safe on the river. Both classes gave me a tremendous amount of information and great experience that I will use for the rest of my kayaking life. Cannot recommend them enough, great instructors with a ton of knowledge and really catered the class to each individual to get the most out of it. I feel more confident then ever and ready to hit the rapids. I will absolutely be back for more training and classes next season.”

- Kevin S.

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