Menu

Whitewater Kayak Classes

Classes begin April 8th!

 

Whitewater Kayak Demos

California Canoe & Kayak has a retail location open seasonally (May through September) at 7221 CA-49, Lotus, CA 95651, open Friday through Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Whitewater kayak demos are available for $25 per day. Please call (530) 957-4754 to reserve a demo kayak, or our Rancho Cordova location at (916) 851-3600 to speak to someone about reservations or whitewater classes during the week.


Whitewater Kayak Classes

To sign up for whitewater kayak classes, click here, or continue reading for brief descriptions of the class.

Coloma to Greenwood Creek ("C to G"). Classes typically put in or take out at one of these four locations.
Coloma to Greenwood Creek (“C to G”). Classes typically put in or take out at one of these four locations.

Whitewater Kayak Classes for Beginners

At CCK we have two ways to get started in whitewater classes.  As with most classes at CCK, the minimum age for Whitewater Kayaking Essentials is 14 years; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  No previous kayaking experience is required, but good physical condition is suggested. Classes should typically be taken in order as listed, however Whitewater Essentials may be taken before Whitewater Splash.

Whitewater Splash Kayak QuickStart

  • If running rapids sounds fun, this is the easiest way to go. SOT Kayaks designed for whitewater are fun and stable.
  • Learn some fundamentals of river safety and kayak control, then be lead down rapids (up to Class II) with one of our expert instructors.
  • 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.
  • Your first step to becoming a self-sufficient paddler ready to explore the river with friends of the same skill level.
  • $99 per paddler. Minimum class size is 3; Max class size is 8 (with 2 instructors).

Whitewater Kayak Essentials (2 Day Class) 

  • This two day class covers balance and control of the kayak, self-rescue and safety fundamentals while learning to navigate rapids up to Class II. Emphasis on safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition using sit-inside kayaks. Sit-on-Top kayaks are available by request.
  • $229 per paddler.  Minimum class size is 3; Max class size is 8 (with 2 instructors).

 Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Classes

At this point, you should be getting more comfortable with the dynamics of the river, and boat control has become more natural.  We encourage paddlers who have gotten this far to learn how to roll.

Whitewater Skills Development #1 – River Running 

  • 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.
  • Your first step to becoming a self-sufficient paddler, ready to explore the river with friends of the same skill level.
  • $129 per paddler. Class size 3-8 people.

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

  • Take this class when you are ready to transition from class II to class III
  • Perform jet ferries, surf, ascend rapids, combat roll and perform self and assisted rescues.
  • This class is taught while paddling on the Class III Gorge section of the South Fork American River.
  • $129 per paddler. Class size 3-8 people.

Advanced Whitewater Kayak Classes

Many of our advanced classes put in at Chilibar, and take out at Marshall Gold
Many of our advanced classes put in at Chilibar, and take out at Marshall Gold

Whitewater Skills Development #3 – Creeking 

  • Learn to boof and other advanced strokes!   Scout the river from land and from kayak, learn how to place safety and deal with rescue scenarios.
  • Class is taught on the Class III+ Chilibar section of the SFA
  • $129 per paddler. Class size 3-8 people.

 Whitewater Skills Development #4 – Playboating 

  • 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!
  • Class is taught on the Class III+ Chilibar section of the SFA
  • $129 per paddler. Class size 3-8 people.

Private Whitewater Instruction 

  • Tailored to fit your learning style and pace — and your personal schedule — Private Instruction allows you to get exactly what you want out of a class. You can also request your favorite instructor time and time again!
  • Cost: Typical rates as follows-
    • 1 Student: $349
    • 2 Students: $199 – Per Person
    • 3 Students: $149 – Per Person
  • Call for more info!