Kayak School

Kayak School

Thank you for choosing the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center where outdoor adventure is our passion. We are proud to offer professional kayak instruction in the amazing Arkansas River Valley! Our legendary paddle school has been teaching paddle sports in this area for over 30 years. All courses are taught by a qualified RMOC instructor who is certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). Equipment provided.

Course List

Additional Courses and Lessons

L1 – Strokes and Balance

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 25, May 26, June 16, July 7, Aug 11, Sept 1

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

None

Course Description

A great place to start as well as a good refresher for those who want to review their basic skills. We begin by covering the necessary equipment and fitting you properly in your kayak. Then we head to the lake to work on strokes, bracing, edging, posture, and an introduction to the roll.

Venue

Flatwater. Trout Creek Reservoir

Time

9:30 am – 4 pm

Details
  • Includes Equipment and Lunch
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

L2 – Essentials of River Kayaking

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 26, May 27, June 17, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 2

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

L1 course or comparable experience

Course Description

This course will give an overview of basic river hydrology and how to use river features to your advantage while in moving current. Basic moves like the eddy turn, ferry, and peel-outs are covered, as well as, how to handle small river obstacles. This is a great course for applying your flat water skills to the moving water or tuning up your basic river maneuvers.

Venue

Salida river park. Class II section.

Time

9:30 am – 4 pm

Details
  • Includes Equipment and Lunch
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

L3 – Basic River Running

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 27, June 30, July 21, Aug 18

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

L2 course or comparable experience

Course Description

Time to head downstream and enjoy the beauty of running a Rocky Mountain river. We will cover river running tactics as well as safety and communication. Also, we’ll look at how to read water, scout rapids and identify hazards. Plenty of time is spent on practicing basic river maneuvers as well as an introduction to surfing and playing in small river features.

Venue

Big Bend to Salida

Time

9:30 am – 4 pm

Details
  • Includes Equipment and Lunch
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

L4 – Advanced Kayak Technique

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

July 1, July 22

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

L3 course or comparable experience. EX1 (Focus on the Roll)

Course Description

So you are comfortable in class II water but are looking to step up your game. This course is designed to take you there. Topics covered will be jet ferries, catching micro eddies, rolling in current, and advanced strokes. Learn how to make easy whitewater more exciting and challenging by making moves in faster current and through slalom gates.

Venue

Salida or Buena Vista River park. Moderate downriver section.

Time

9:30 am – 4 pm

Details
  • Includes Equipment and Lunch
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

EX1 – Focus on the Roll

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

June 3, Aug 19

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

Strokes and balance course or similar experience

Course Description

A qualified instructor will walk you through the proper paddle technique and body mechanics to perform this awesome maneuver. A solid roll is one of the most sought after skills to master as a whitewater kayaker. This course is great for newer kayakers looking to get their first roll as well as boaters who would like to improve their current roll.

Venue

Lake, pool, or calm eddy.

Time

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Cost

$75

Paddlefest Roll Sessions – May 26 & 27

We will have a pool set up next to our tent in South Main during Paddlefest weekend. Call 719.395.3335 to sign up for a 30 minute roll session. Equipment NOT provided, but available to rent from CKS Mainstreet.

Cost

$25

EX2 – River Surf and Playboating

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 26 (Paddlefest w/Team Jackson)

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

L4 course and EX1 (Focus on the roll). Or comparable experience

Course Description

Make the river your playground with freestyle tricks like cartwheels, flatspins, and loops. Super fun and a great way take your river running and roll to the next level.

Venue

Salida or Buena Vista river park

Time

10 am – Noon

Details

Equipment NOT included for Paddlefest Course, but available to rent.

Cost

$65

EX3 – Creeking Clinic

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 27 (Paddlefest w/Team Pyranha)

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

Proficient Class III Paddler with a solid river roll.

Course Description

If you are looking to start exploring your local creeks this course will help you to prepare. Techniques like boofing, catching micro eddies, and hairy ferries will be covered as well as safety concerns and group communication.

Venue

Brown’s Canyon or Fractions

Time

1pm – 4:30pm

Details
  • Course meets at RMOC tent at South Main in Buena Vista
  • Equipment NOT provided, but available to rent
Cost

$75

Whitewater Addicts Kayak Camp

Prerequisite

Proficient Class III Paddler with a solid river roll.

Course Description

Take your kayaking to the next level! Explore the Arkansas River with friends and RMOC staff. Intermediate paddlers can expect good times and professional instruction on some of the best river runs in Colorado. Expect to run Brown’s Canyon, The Fractions, and other class III sections of the Arkansas River. Playboating sessions in Salida and Buena Vista Riverparks will practice basic maneuvers like spinning and looping. Note that this course is scheduled during typical high flow periods in Colorado. This should provide an opportunity to practice big water river running and also provide excellent surfing at the river parks. Riverside lodging in beautiful downtown Salida provided.

Venue

Arkansas River. Class III and IV whitewater sections. Salida and Buena Vista river parks.

Dates

June 9-11

Cost

$500

Includes meals, Equipment, and camping

This course is NOT included with Rocky Mountain Adventure Pass purchase

Safety and Rescue

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

June 3, Aug 19

Call (719) 395-3335

Private Instruction

Available Any Day May 1 – Sept 30
Times and costs vary – See details

Call (719) 395-3335
Prerequisite

L3 or comparable experience

Course Description

An introduction to river rescue and safety techniques.  Practice with basic skills like throw bagging and aggressive swimming. Kayak and SUP.

Venue

Arkansas River. Class II Section

Time

8:30 am – Noon

Cost

$75

Overnight Float

Prerequisite

L4 or comparable experience

Course Description

An all-inclusive overnight paddle trip designed for intermediate kayakers and stand up paddlers. Enjoy 25 miles of class II-III whitewater on the scenic Arkansas River with riverside camping.

Venue

Big Bend-Vallie Bridge. Camping at Point Barr/Rincon

Dates

July 28-29

Details

Includes Equipment, Meals, and Camping

Cost

$300

Private Instruction and Custom Group Lessons

Can’t make it to one of our group courses or prefer to learn in a one-on-one environment?
Take Private Instruction with one of our certified instructors.

Available any day May 1 – Sept 30

Full Day

9 am – 3:30 pm

Rate

$300/1 person, $350/2 people, $125/person for groups of 3+

Half Day

8:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Rate

$175/1 person, $200/2 people, $75/person for groups of 3+

Details
  • All equipment included
  • Lunch included on Full Days
  • FREE camping