A kayaker is splashed by waves on a beginning kayak lesson.
Three kayakers paddle a rapid on the Novice kayak instruction course on the Klickitat River in Washington.
A kayaking student smiles while running a rapid on a beginner river kayaking course.

Novice Whitewater Kayak Instruction

Advanced Beginner / Aspiring Intermediate Kayak Class


1 day May - Sept
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    Difficulty: Novice – Level III

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    Includes: Lunch and all equipment

Are you a recent convert to the world of whitewater kayaking but struggling to get over the hump of feeling like a beginner? Have you been kayaking on your own and feel like you need a little help to begin paddling more intermediate whitewater? Our Novice Kayak Courses are perfect to help aspiring intermediate kayakers move into more challenging whitewater. This course is designed for the advanced beginner or aspiring intermediate who already has basic whitewater kayaking skills, wants to improve their technique, or wants to develop new skills. In this course, we will work on refining the basics and feeling solid in Class II whitewater.

Course Requirements: Previous whitewater kayaking experience required. You should be able to demonstrate boat control and execute maneuvers in Class I and some Class II. Please refer to our kayaking skills overview to determine if this is the appropriate course for you.

You and your instructor will discuss your goals for the course and the types of skills you wish to improve. Sometimes, students come to us with specific goals, such as ferrying in a fast-moving rapid. Other times, students are unsure exactly why they are uncomfortable in their kayak and need help assessing appropriate goals. With this information and a brief history of your experience, we choose from multiple locations to find the ideal setting to achieve your goals. Our headquarters rests in one of the top kayaking destinations in the country; you can be sure that we can find the perfect place to help you build your skills.

Dates & Pricing

Join our monthly scheduled Novice Class, or schedule your own private 1/1 instruction on any available mid-week day.

2024 Novice Kayaking Course Dates:

  • May 25
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • August 1
  • September 8

2024 Novice Kayaking Course Cost: $170, and includes lunch, transportation, and all equipment necessary (unless you want to bring your own). This course is based out of our headquarters in White Salmon, WA.

Our Instructors

From refining stroke timing and technique to mastering harder lines and maneuvers, our instructors work closely with each student to help them meet their goals. We combine hands-on instruction and practice to help students improve their technique and master new moves. Our instructors have decades of experience assisting kayakers in achieving their goals. We are passionate about helping others discover a lifelong love for kayaking. Give us a call to discuss your specific needs! We can match you with the perfect instructor, or feel free to ask for an instructor you have worked with before. Check out the Instruction Staff Bios here!

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Paul and Morgan were fun, laid-back, and made me feel safe the entire time. They managed to pack in lots of skill training while also getting to know us and having what felt like a group of friends traveling along the river. Paul even spent extra time to teach me how to roll, a more advanced skill that wasn’t even part of the lesson, and worked with me until I got it down. They were friendly, informative, and highly-skilled kayakers who made the experience go above and beyond expectations. I’m definitely coming back to do the next level course.”

- Bex W.

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