Structure of the Whitewater School:
Classes are divided into Whitewater Kayak, Solo Whitewater Canoe, Tandem Whitewater Canoe
, and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)
. Classes are small and generally have 4 to 8 participants and two Instructors. Classes start with a meeting on Friday evening, then strenuous river days on both Saturday and Sunday.
If there is interest, we may offer a Women's Kayak Class(es) (women only participants and led by women instructors). However, we still need to group participants of similar experience together to ensure the best learning environment.
We are also offering a Swift Water Rescue Class in addition to the kayak, canoe and SUP instructional classes. This is a class for paddlers who have already taken paddling instruction or are already an experienced paddler, but who would like to learn or refresh their safety skills. You can read more about the SWR offer on the following page. Participants may register for either a paddling class OR the Swiftwater Rescue Class but not both.
A very important factor in making this a good school is how closely people within each class are matched in experience, previous training, and certain other characteristics. Please, accurately note your skills when filling out the school application!
We use the information provided to form compatible groups for each class, then each Instructor adapts to best fit the needs of those in the class. Special requests for class assignment with a particular person are discouraged because those special assignments often do not fit well with the rest of the class.
Please use the space provided during Registration for Special Request with the understanding that we are willing to work with applicants, but special requests are not guaranteed and are at the discretion of the School Director.
Those registering for a tandem whitewater canoe class
must have a partner who has also registered. We do not provide tandem partners.
All classes spend time on these basics while transitioning from dry land, to flatwater, to moving water and to whitewater. Raising your awareness of the various hazards present in the river and practical options for those hazards is an objective in every class.
The Instructors receive information from the participants’ applications and will normally contact all class members about two weeks after enrollment closes.