River Kayaking Basics – Class & Tour

Learn to paddle our local rivers safely by inflatable kayak

Join us for this fun and informative Kayak Instructional Course without the stress of being confined in a hardshell kayak! You’ll be outfitted with an inflatable kayak for a hands-on (i.e. wet!) class that includes basic instruction of skills and maneuvers along with considerable on-water practice time.

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  • Location:
    Index, WA
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  • Length:
    4 Hours
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  • Pre-requisite:
    Confident Swimmer
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In this 1/2 day class, we'll cover the necessities of river paddling, including... river safety, an overview of river hydrology, capsizes and re-entry, paddlestrokes, boat handling and maneuvering, and how to avoid common injuries. This course takes place on Class I-III whitewater and is designed for beginning paddlers who have a desire to safely navigate and enjoy Class II rivers.

We keep our courses small with a high instructor to student ratio. Class size is generally 6-12 students.
There is a minimum of 3 participants to run a trip. Please call for private lesson options if you have less than 3 in your group.

This course is a pre-requisite for our Skykomish River Inflatable Kayak Trips.

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Class is approximately 4 hours in length.

Course Equivalent : American Canoe Association (ACA) River Kayaking (Level 3)

Additional Instruction and Paddling Opportunities
This course is a pre-requisite for participating in our Main Skykomish Inflatable Kayak Trip and is a great preface into hardshell kayaking.

River Rating
Class I-III