Learn to Kayak Through Whitewater

It’s hard to beat the unique feel of rushing through action-packed whitewater with the precision and maneuverability of a kayak. We call this “river running,” and it’s popular here in the New River Gorge! This type of whitewater adventure requires concentration, technical abilities, and a solid understanding of how to read water. We offer beginner lessons for those just starting to build these skill sets and intermediate lessons for those who are looking to improve.

Most of your session will be spent on easy-moving, Class I water. Depending on your progress, you may even get to experience Class II water. Learning how to whitewater kayak takes time and effort, so we maintain a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio. That way, you’ll receive high levels of personal attention to learn more efficiently and keep you safe on the water.

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What's Included

You’ll be provided a kayak, life jacket, paddle, transportation, and an experienced guide to accompany you.

What to Wear and Bring

Dress for the weather. You should wear a swimsuit and shorts at the very minimum, plus more layers if the weather is cooler. You’ll definitely get a little wet, so keep that in mind. We suggest avoiding cotton–synthetic materials work best. Wear a raincoat if the forecast calls for it. You may also want to bring sunscreen and sunglasses. Consider renting a wetsuit and splash jacket in the spring or fall.

Requirements & Restrictions

The minimum age for this adventure is 12 years old. All participants with a pre-existing condition must consult their physician before attempting this activity.

Trip Safety

Your guides will discuss specific safety requirements on site. Lifejackets must be worn at all times.

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