Class meets at the River House in Index where you will be outfitted with a boat and other required gear such as a helmet, pfd, wetsuit and booties. River shuttle to/from put-in is provided.
Course takes place on the Skykomish River. Exact paddling location depends on the experience of the students and current water levels.
Each participant must review and complete our Liability/Medical Release form prior to taking part in an activity. Minors must have a parent signature. If you would like to have a copy of this form emailed to you please contact us.
Acknowledgement of Risks & Release of Liability
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.