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Kayak Rolling (Sacramento)

Build your confidence and learn to roll! Rolling is the safest and fastest self rescue technique available for sea kayakers and whitewater paddlers. For expert instruction from one of our experienced rolling instructors make a reservation.

Duration of class: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; actual duration in the pool is about 1.5 hours.

Cost: $60 (Max. 3 students per instructor)

Location: Northern California Swimstitute

Note: Kayak rolling is taught only in whitewater kayaks due to space limitations in the pool. Please call us if you wish to schedule private instruction in a sea kayak for $120 per session.

Once you have learned to roll you can come and practice either in your own boat or by renting one from us.
Practice Sessions: $10 pool fee with own boat - pool fee paid directly to the Swimstitute/pool at the door

For kayak rental only, call: (916) 851-3600 to reserve a kayak. $15 whitewater kayak/$30 sea kayak rental.

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this class; however, previous paddling experience is highly recommended. Your progression will be quicker if you have completed the L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring or Whitewater 101. The minimum age for Roll Class is 5 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Note: This class is also available in Point Richmond on Thursdays.


L1 Kayak QuickStart (Lake Natoma)

Do you want to learn to paddle but are not sure where to start? This four hour class will allow you to try out and learn about different types of kayaks, including Sea and Touring Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, and Sit-on-Tops. Learn basic strokes and the differences between each boat type. This class also focuses on essential water safety, and how to maximize your fun in a calm water setting!

Cost: $79 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)

Class fee includes kayak, paddling gear, and a coupon for 50% off a future kayak rental (one hour)!

Note: This class does not qualify participants to rent traditional (closed-deck) sea kayaks; our L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring class deals with those specific qualifications.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Time on the water: Approximately 3 hours

Location: Lake Natoma (Willow Creek Access), Fair Oaks (Sacramento)

Prerequisite: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, good physical condition is required to assure an enjoyable class. The minimum age for the class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring (Oakland Estuary)

This is ticket to the wonderful world of sea kayaking! Enjoy a day on the Oakland Estuary learning how to paddle a sea touring kayak with our expert instructors. You will learn a range of strokes and rescues essential for paddling closed cockpit kayaks safely on protected waters. Be prepared to get wet! Graduates of this class are qualified to rent closed-cockpit touring and sea kayaks and participate in more advanced classes and trips.

Cost: $129 
Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 (with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, wetsuit and paddling gear, and free coupon for a future rental!

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Time on the water: Approximately 4 hours

Location: Willow Creek Access, Lake Natoma (Sacramento)

Prerequisite: L1 Kayak QuickStart class or just the desire to paddle! The minimum age for the L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


L3: River Touring Skills Development Sacramento)

Open up a new world of paddling options - learn how to safely paddle touring and sea kayaks on the Class 1 to 2 moving water of the Lower American River. This class will help you to continue to develop the strokes you learned in Essentials of Kayaking L2 and how to paddle safely and avoid common river hazards. We will review rescues in the context of moving water, introduce basic rapid running, ferry glides and eddy turns and fine tune your paddle strokes.

Cost: $139 (Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 - with 2 instructors)

Class fee includes kayak, paddling gear, and river shuttle!

You are welcome to bring your own kayak if it is suitable for the dynamic water conditions of the Lower American River. 
10% Bring Your Own Boat Discount! Please email classes@calkayak.com if you are unsure about the suitability of your kayak. Helmet required.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Time on the water: Approximately 2 hours

Location: American River (Upper Sunrise River Access)

Prerequisite: L2 Essentials of Kayak Touring or equivalent training. The minimum age for the class is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


L1: SUP Aloha QuickStart (Sacramento)

By now you've probably seen Stand Up Paddlers, seemingly walking on water! Check out this wonderful new sport! Give Stand Up Paddling a try in our introductory SUP class. SUPing has become incredibly popular in a few short years because it's so fun, easy, and another GREAT way to get on the water. (It's good for you, too.) No previous paddling or surfing experience is necessary. This 3-hour session in the sheltered water of Lake Natoma will get you started, and you'll be cruising in style in no time. Our SUP boards are great for novices - great for rentals, too, once you've completed the class.

Cost: $79 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 10 (with 2 instructors)

Duration of class: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Time on the water: Approximately 3 hours

Location: Lake Natoma (Willow Creek Access), Fair Oaks (Sacramento)

Prerequisites: Good physical condition is important to assure an enjoyable class; however, no previous SUP experience is necessary. The minimum age for the L1 SUP is 14 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Private lessons for children under 14 can be arranged upon request.


L2: SUP Essentials (Lake Natoma)

Are you ready to take SUP to the next level? In this class you will develop the skills needed to paddle effectively in wind, waves and current! We'll review fundamental stroke technique, then get you practicing new moves that will have your board dancing on the water with maneuvers such as: nose rudder, cross-board draw, paddling in the surfer stance, and bracing strokes. As we paddle out onto Lake Natoma, "blending strokes" becomes more natural while practicing upwind, downwind and cross wind paddling. It's all about moving your board where you want it, and having more fun while doing it!


Whitewater Splash Kayak QuickStart

If running rapids in a kayak sounds fun then this class is a great way to quickly get yourself immersed in the action! Sit-on-Top kayaks designed for whitewater are super stable and easy to use. After learning some fundamentals of river safety and how to control the kayak, our expert instructors will be leading you down rapids up to Class II. You'll have so much fun you'll want to come back for more!

Cost: $99 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 (with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, kayaking equipment and river permit.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time on water: Approximately 5 hours

Location: CCK Coloma Outpost and the South Fork American River from Coloma to Lotus

Prerequisite: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; river kayaking can be strenuous! The minimum age for Whitewater Splash Kayak QuickStart is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Water Flow Information:
Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial companies operating under Permits from the County of El Dorado.


Whitewater Kayak Essentials (2 Day)

Start exploring rivers the right way with professional instruction from California Canoe & Kayak. Reliable flows and great weather make the South Fork American River one of the best rivers to learn on in the world. This two day class will cover balance and control of the kayak, self-rescue and safety fundamentals while learning to navigate rapids up to Class II. We emphasize safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition using sit-inside kayaks. Sit-on-Top kayaks are available by request.

Cost: $229.00 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 (with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, kayaking equipment and river permit.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (2 days)
Time on water: Approximately 5 hours each day

Location: CCK Coloma Outpost and the South Fork American River from Coloma to Lotus

Prerequisite: No previous kayaking experience is required; however, the Whitewater Splash Kayak QuickStart is recommended. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; river kayaking can be strenuous! The minimum age for Whitewater Kayaking Essentials is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Water Flow Information:
Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial companies operating under Permits from the County of El Dorado.


Whitewater Kayak Skills Development #1 - River Running (Class II)

The first class in our Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series, this class is taught on the South Fork of the American River from Coloma to Greenwood Creek. Catch those eddies, learn to ferry with finesse, practice and apply the skills learned in our Whitewater Kayaking Essentials class with coaching from our expert instructors on class II whitewater. The goal of the Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series is to make you a self-sufficient paddler ready to explore the river with friends of the same skill level. Take this first River Running class for a smooth transition into the realm of down river paddling. Let the adventure begin!

Cost: $129 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 (with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, kayaking equipment and river permit.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Time on water: Approximately 5 hours

Location: CCK Coloma Outpost and the South Fork American River from Coloma to Greenwood Creek

Prerequisite: Whitewater Kayak Essentials or equivalent training and experience. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; river kayaking can be strenuous! The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Water Flow Information:
Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or commercial companies operating under Permits from the County of El Dorado.


Whitewater Kayak Skills Development #2 - Advanced River Running (Class III)

The second in our Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series, this class is taught while paddling on the Class III Gorge section of the South Fork American River. You will be performing jet ferries, surfing, ascending rapids, combat rolling and performing self and assisted rescues. The goal of the Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series is to make you a self-sufficient paddler ready to explore the river with friends of the same skill level. Take this class when you are ready to make the transition from Class II to Class III rivers.
Check out this cool video of the class shared by CCK customer David Cheung!

Cost: $129 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 (with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, kayaking equipment and river permit.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time on water: Approximately 6 hours each day

Location: CCK Coloma Outpost and the South Fork American River from Coloma to Salmon Falls

Prerequisite: Whitewater Kayak Skills Development #1 - River Running (Class II) or equivalent training and experience. Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; river kayaking can be strenuous! The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Whitewater Kayak Skills Development #3 - Creeking

The third class in the Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series, this class is taught on the South Fork American River Class III+ Chili Bar section. Learning to boof and other advanced strokes, scouting the river from land and from your kayak, working as a team to place safety and dealing with rescue scenarios will all be covered during this class. The goal of the Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series is to make you a self-sufficient paddler ready to explore the river with friends of the same skill level. Take this class when you are ready to make the transition to steeper rivers and creeks.

Cost: $129 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 (with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, kayaking equipment and river permit.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time on water: Approximately 5 hours

Location: CCK Coloma Outpost and the South Fork American River (Chilli Bar Section)

Prerequisite: Whitewater Kayak Skills Development #2 - Advanced River Running (Class III). Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; river kayaking can be strenuous! The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Whitewater Kayak Skills Development #4 - Playboating

The final class in the Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series, this class is taught on the South Fork American River Class III Chili Bar section. Want to learn to surf, cartwheel, stern squirt, loop, and performs moves you've never heard of? Our expert coaches will have you throwing ends and playing the river like never before. The goal of the Whitewater Kayak Skills Development series is to make you a self-sufficient paddler ready to play the river with friends of the same skill level. Demo playboats are available for this class.

Cost: $129 Minimum Enrollment: 3; Maximum Enrollment: 8 (with 2 instructors)

Includes kayak, kayaking equipment and river permit.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time on water: Approximately 5 hours

Location: CCK Coloma Outpost and the South Fork American River (Coloma to Greenwood Creek)

Prerequisite: Whitewater Kayak Skills Development #2 - Advanced River Running (Class III). Good physical condition is important to ensure an enjoyable class; river kayaking can be strenuous! The minimum age for this class is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.