Get a taste of the best kayaking in the eastern United States as you paddle through the New River. We offer beginner and intermediate lessons for those who want to learn to kayak through whitewater.
Most of the session will be spent on easy, moving Class I water. Depending on your progress, you may even get to experience a brief foray into Class II waters.
We maintain a 3:1 student to instructor ratio to ensure high levels of personal attention and safety. All of our crew are certified whitewater kayak instructors by the American Canoe Association.
About 3 hours.
Adventures on the Gorge’s paddling school provides instruction at a 1:3 instructor to student ratio and transportation to the river. We also provide all the boating equipment you’ll need.
Dress for the weather. You should wear a swimsuit and shorts at the very minimum, and bring more if the weather is going to be cooler. You will get wet in this class, so keep that in mind when you pick your clothes. Synthetic material works best. We also recommend a raincoat if the weather looks like it might go that direction—even when wet, the coat will help you stay warm. Also, bring sunscreen and sun glasses. In the spring and fall, consider renting a wetsuit and splash jacket.
Minimum age 10. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, please consult with your physician before attempting any new activity.
Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.