Skykomish River Kayak 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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  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • LOCATION
  • FORMS
  • Location:
    Index, WA
  • Activity Level:
    Adventurous
  • Season:
    Summer-Fall
  • Length:
    4 Hours
  • Experience Level:
    Intermediate
  • Pre-requisite:
    Confident Swimmer
  • Ages:
    16+

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