SUP School

SUP School

Thank you for choosing the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center where outdoor adventure is our passion. We are proud to offer professional SUP 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 – The Basics

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 26, June 16, July 14,  August 4, September 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 introducing the necessary equipment. Then we head to the lake to work on strokes, bracing, edging, and stances. Finally put it all together with some dynamic pivot turns.

Venue

Flatwater, Trout Creek Reservoir

Time

9:30 am – 4 pm

Details
  • Equipment and Lunch Included
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

L2 – Downriver SUP

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 27, June 17, July 15, August 5, September 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 the moving water. 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

Time

9:30 am – 4 pm

Details
  • Equipment and Lunch Included
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

L3 – River Techniques

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

July 21, August 11

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 like safety and communication. Also 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
  • Equipment and Lunch Included
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

L4 – Advanced Moves

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

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

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
  • Equipment and Lunch Included
  • Free Camping
Cost

$125

EX1 – Learn to Surf

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

May 26 (Paddlefest w/ Team Badfish), June 10, July 7, August 12

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 or comparable experience

Course Description

Catch a wave on the Arkansas River! There is really nothing more fun on a hot day than carving turns on the local waves. You should see for yourself.

Venue

Salida or Buena Vista River Park

Time

9 am – noon, 10 am-noon(Paddlefest)

Details

Equipment Included

Cost

$75

Surf Camp Colorado

Come and discover why Colorado is now on the map as a surfing destination.

At higher flows the rivers create incredible standing waves that can be surfed all day long and the best part is that there are no sharks! ACA certified instructors will teach you everything you need to know to catch a wave and carve some turns.

See Details

Safety and Rescue

Scheduled Group Full Day Courses

June 3, August 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
  • Equipment and meals included
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