Learn how to apply the flatwater skills you’ve learned during Fundamentals I to moving water. As you enjoy a casual trip down the Raccoon River, we’ll show you how to identify the faster current and deeper water on the river. You’ll also be introduced to upriver and downriver V’s, eddies, and strainers so you can avoid hazards as you paddle. We’ll help you develop a better understanding of the current and how to apply well-timed strokes to allow the river to move you effortlessly and safely.


After signing up for the class you will receive a confirmation email with details about location, gear, expectations, etc. 


Prerequisite: Canoe Fundamentals I


Dates: (all classes run 8:30-5pm)

* River skills and concepts are the same in every class. Instructors will be teaching out of either a kayak or a canoe. You are welcome to sign up for a kayaking specific and paddle a canoe*


** Schedule will be announced January 2021**

River Canoe Fundamentals I

  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel. We prefer if you let us know at least 7 days in advance.We often have a waiting list of people eager to come. If we know at least 7 days in advance we can apply 100% of your money toward a future lesson or if needed we can refund you the money. If you don't show up the day of the lesson and we have no prior arrangement we will not refund your money. We work hard to put together great lessons and most of our instructors volunteer their time so please be considerate.


  • We offer a selection of dry suits from Kokatat and wet suits from NRS. If your class is early in the spring or late in the fall considering staying a little warmer by renting a suit. Please call for details or learn more here.

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