COLORADO KAYAK SCHOOL

Become a confident kayaker or excel in your existing skillset with our team of kayak professionals! Choose from first-time courses to our Advanced multi-day outings in the U.S. & abroad! Advance your kayaking skills with our customized courses and adventures!

OUR COURSES

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COLORADO KAYAK SCHOOL

EXPERIENCED KAYAK INSTRUCTION

Our Colorado Kayak School program is born from our kayak support and photography program at Royal Gorge Rafting. Our team of kayakers boat daily for months to provide additional support for our commercial rafting guests as well as for the sport of it.

Our team of kayakers thrives on kayaking in both employment and ultimately play. Kayaking is a large part of what we live for and we are excited to share our knowledge and skill set with those looking to learn how to kayak or with those looking to perfect their skill!

CUSTOM KAYAK COURSES

OUR MISSION

With our kayak photo and support program thriving for 17 years, we have seized on our potential to share the love and passion we have for kayaking with those interested in this incredible and beautiful sport.

INSTRUCTION, MINI CAMPS & ADVENTURES

Join us at our incredible riverside accommodations, offering exciting & serene whitewater that suits both new, novice, and skilled kayakers alike. Experience class I, II, III & Class IV kayaking. Choose from our 1, 2, to 7+ day itineraries that accommodate all skill levels and ambitions.

LEVEL A1 - 2 DAY BEGINNER COURSE >>

INTRO TO KAYAKING

ALL RATES INCLUDE - KAYAK GEAR USE FREE OF CHARGE

$500.00

Extend the intro course by adding our base skills course to your itinerary.

This immersive course is highly recommended for those just starting with kayaking or brand new to white water.

  • Outfitting a kayak
  • Land-based, pool lessons and river time
  • Wet exits
  • T-rescues, swimming and self-rescue
  • Rescue techniques
  • Body positioning
  • Proper edging, balancing, and bracing techniques
  • Effective paddle strokes for turning, spinning, reverse and draws
  • Whitewater introduction & terminology
  • Eddy turns, peel-outs and ferrying across the current
  • Scouting rapids
  • Basic safety precautions
  • Paddling Class I-II whitewater
  • Desert Reef Hot Springs
  • Arkansas River, Parkdale section
  • Cañon City whitewater park
  • WWBG
  • Royal Gorge Adventure Beach (when booking accommodations)
  • Physically abilities without impairment
  • Capable swimming ability
  • Positive mental attitude 
  • No prior experience needed
  • Choose to stay at our riverside yurt accommodations. (Sleeps 4) additional $175.00
  • Choice meal plan – Add breakfast & 2 dinners – Additional $50.00

LEVEL A2 - 1 (TO 3) DAY BEGINNER COURSE >>

BASE SKILLS COURSE

ALL RATES INCLUDE - KAYAK GEAR USE FREE OF CHARGE

$180.00

2 Day - $340.00 // 3 DAY $500.00

The Base Skills course is developed to advance core kayaking techniques, build confidence, and up the level of comfort

  • Land-based skill drills and river time
  • T-rescues, swimming and self-rescue
  • Rescue techniques
  • Body positioning
  • Proper edging, balancing, and bracing techniques
  • Effective paddle strokes for turning, spinning, reverse and draws
  • Scouting, reading river
  • Eddy turns, peel-outs and ferrying across the current
  • Basic safety precautions
  • Paddling Class I-II (III) whitewater
  • Arkansas River, Parkdale section
  • Cañon City whitewater park
  • WWBG
  • Royal Gorge Adventure Beach (when booking accommodations)
  • A basic kayaking skill set or completion of our A1 course ~ have paddled a whitewater kayak in a river, a capable wet exit.
  • Able bodied without impairment
  • Swimming ability
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Choose to stay at our riverside yurt accommodations. (Sleeps 4) additional $175.00
  • Choice meal plan – Add breakfast & 2 dinners – Additional $50.00  
  • Add on the Base Skills course to extend your itinerary 

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STAY WITH US

RIVERSIDE YURTS, AIRSTREAMS, ROYAL GORGE CABINS & VACATION RENTALS

SEAMLESS FULL-DAY RAFT & ZIPLINE PACKAGES

Colorado’s #1 rated rafting & zipline packages. Starting and ending at our base location providing a truly seamless experience. Includes lunch at the Water Water Bar and Grill, or fresh fajitas at our Adventure Beach Outpost with the full-day Royal Gorge Rafting tour!

Starting at

$169

Operating: April - September

"UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE!"

- Trip Advisor