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Welcome

The Sierra Foothills of Northern California offers great scenery and diverse opportunity for paddle sports. Whether you would like to tour a quiet, remote mountain lake or thrill yourself on a wild river, you are in the right neighborhood. Kayakers can choose a tour from many local lakes and the ocean to suit their desires. Whitewater enthusiasts will find that there are so many great rivers in the area it can be difficult choosing one. No matter where you paddle, you will find satisfaction, beauty and a sense of accomplishment. 

Their instructors and guides have a deep passion for paddle sports and love to share their knowledge. They are American Canoe Association certified instructors and have great faith in the profound benefits of outdoor education. 


Their Private Instruction

Some people learn better in a one on one situation. Is that you? Maybe a private lesson is what you need to build confidence or improve your technique. You may learn at a slower or faster pace than a group of students may, or prefer to go at your own pace. Private instruction will optimize your learning curve by concentrating on your individual needs. All of the information contained in their Beginning Whitewater Workshop class (excluding the roll) and the Advanced Techniques class is covered in a private lesson. Typically private lessons allow additional time to cover some specialized technique depending upon the individual.

Equipment Included

The company will furnish top quality kayaks, canoes or sit-on-tops by Prijon, Dagger, and Perception. Paddles, PFD's, spray skirts and helmets as neccessary are provided as part of the class and rental packages. Wet suites and paddling jackets are available for rent. The right gear is essential for a comfortable, safe and enjoyable experience. Let them know of any outfitting concerns you may have and our experienced staff will be glad to ensure you are properly prepared for the day.

Beginning Whitewater Workshop

Class Duration: A three day class. One class day, one lake day and one river day. This is the ideal way to learn river kayaking. Three unique sessions that keep you in your comfort zone while maximizing your learning curve. Thursday night you choose your boat, learn its anatomy, adjust it to you, get comfortable by paddling a little in the pool and then let us teach you how to roll it. It's that easy!

Friday afternoon they take their new skills to the lake and you learn all the proper stroke for controlling your kayak. This is the foundation of your paddling career. Nothing replaces good technique for advancing you skills in a timely manner. Saturday will be spent on the river learning how to read current and control its affect to your kayak. Soon you will be traveling the river with confidence.

An easy stretch of river is chosen so that a smooth, successful learning curve can continue as we expand your river reading skills and boat control ability. They will explain and demonstrate concepts in such a way that you can see, feel and understand how they work. By the end of the day you will have developed that skills to run Class I and Class II whitewater. 


Moving Water I

Class Duration: One full day on a local Class II river. 
This class is a full day of skill building for beginning intermediate kayakers. A great class to drive home solidly the basic techniques for efficient and effective paddling.

A brief overview of the important concepts in the major strokes before a six mile Class II run on the Middle Fork of the American River. They will introduce the C-stroke and the Duffek and incorporate them into running rapids and catching eddies in perfect control. They will learn to scout rapids and identify facilitatedriver features.

They will spend some time discussing how water hydraulics affect our boat and how to manage them in a variety of ways. Special consideration will be given to analyzing hazards and how to avoid them. Their goals are to build confidence in river reading skills, continue to improve your paddling technique and provide you with some new tools to run that more technical piece of river. 

Advanced Whitewater Techniques 

Class Duration: One full day on the river. 
Making the jump from an advanced intermediate to an advanced boater can be facilitated with the help of an expert. Nothing can substitute for experience and we'd like to share theirs with you on the river.

A few tricks and additional techniques can help you breakthrough that plateau and get you on your way to becoming a solid Class IV kayaker. Emphasis will be placed on proper stance and body movement, advanced river reading skills, and advanced paddling techniques. 

Roll Lessons

Class Duration: One full day on a local Class II river. 
This class is a full day of skill building for beginning intermediate kayakers. A great class to drive home solidly the basic techniques for efficient and effective paddling. A brief overview of the important concepts in the major strokes before a six mile Class II run on the Middle Fork of 

Follow-up Trips 

Each month they have an informal guided river trip for students who have graduated form the Whitewater Workshop ot previously the Moving Water I. This is a chance for them to see your progress and polish your techniques. Its a great way for you to meet other paddlers of similar ability on the river. The trip is free of you have to rent a kayak from us or just $10 of you have your own kayak.