Learn to Kayak

We offer beginner and intermediate lessons for those who want to learn to kayak whitewater.  Deli-style lunch is provided.


You’ll learn:

  • Gear selection and boat anatomy
  • Wet exits and bow rescues
  • Basic paddle strokes
  • Boat control
  • Basic hydrology
  • How to paddle in moving water
  • How to roll a kayak upright (if you’re ahead of the curve)
  • Intro to full moving water
  • Paddling Classes I-II whitewater
  • Scouting rapids
  • Eddy turns, peel outs, and ferrying
Minimum Age: 12

The New River defines the classic West Virginian whitewater rafting with placid pools and exciting drops. It is divided into sections that challenge both the beginner and advanced rafters.

The Upper New River is a large volume river, which makes for huge rapids in the Lower Gorge, but placid and wide in the valley. The water is shallow and flows through long calm pools and ripply shoals. There will be fun waves, moving water, but it is not as challenging at the Lower New.

Class I-II, with an occasional III

Our kayak instructors are experts in their field and experts at determining your needs on the water.

You’ll be in your own plastic kayak.

We’ll provide all the necessary kayaking equipment and deli-style lunch, but feel free to bring your own if you have it.

Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. Depending on the time of year and the weather, you may also want a synthetic layer. If necessary, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent.

Minimum age is 12.

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.

This program is available on Monday-Friday from mid-May through mid-October.