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Intro Lake Lesson

Duration:   6 hours
Skill Level:   Beginner
Adult:   $159.00
Teen:   $159.00

At the Chatfield Resevoir in sunny Colorado you'll gain balance, control and confidence. Learn the skills of river kayaking, safety concepts, and basic knowledge.

6 hours . Chatfield Reservoir . Instruction

Get your feet wet, and your head, too! Join our Intro Lake Lesson to learn the basic skills of whitewater kayaking. From the wet exit to the Eskimo Roll. A solid day of instruction to learn and practice the skills that will keep you safe and propel you towards mastering the control of these nimble boats. We'll dress you from head to toe in modern, high quality equipment. You'll become familiar with gear, basic safety concepts and fundamental skills. Our small groups are 8-12 students with two instructors.

If you're using your own gear and making this reservation online, please type in "OutdoorLessonNoGear" to receive a $30 discount per person off the price of this lesson!

Intro Lake Lesson Plan

Please arrive at chatfield so we may begin promptly at 9am.
Your instructor will lead an Orientation session from 9-9:30.
You will become familiar with

  • Other Students and Instructors (Kayak experience)
  • Kayak Equipment 
  • Flatwater Safety Concepts 
  • Mental and physical Preparation 

Then it's time to get in the water and work on your paddling. 
In the morning we work on safety, basic boat handling and control.
We'll break for Lunch Mid- day and give everyone a chance to eat, stretch and relax.   In the Afternoon session we focus primarily on the roll and its precursor skills.

Destination Location
Our Lake lessons are held in the Gravel Ponds at the South end of Chatfield State Park.  Enter the main gate from Wadsworth, Turn right and travel south around the reservoir.  You will see the Gravel ponds on your right.  Turn right on the dirt road and travel to the far parking lot.
Chatfield Map

What to Bring to Lake/River Lessons:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Footwear
  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Warm clothes

Chatfield State Park
11500 N Roxborough Park Rd
Gravel Ponds area
Littleton CO 80125

Cancellations made 14 or more days in advance will guarantee full refund. Between 2 weeks (14 Days) and 2 days lessons may be postponed only no cash refunds will be made, Lessons may be postponed or rescheduled at no charge with 48 hours notice. Reservation changes made with less than 48 hours notice will incur a Fee of $10 or 20% of the reservation. NO Shows will recieve NO Refund. Reservations may be transferred to another person, under the same conditions..