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Intro River Lesson

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

Get into the current. Learn the fundamentals of river kayaking and safety. You'll learn how to avoid dangerous hazards, how to negotiate common obstacles, and naviagate simple rapids on the South Platte River.

6 hours . South Platte River . Safety

Get into the current. You'll learn about hydraulic features of rivers, how to avoid dangerous hazards, and how to negotiate common obstacles and simple rapids. You'll practice maneuvering in current and will work on eddy turns, ferries and peel-outs. 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!

Lesson Plan

This lesson meets at Confluence Kayaks downtown.  The normal river section for this lesson is the South Platte from C-470 to Bowles Ave in Littleton.   If water levels are too high or too low for this run another appropirate river section will be chosen.   After a short safety and gear orientation at the shop we will load vehicles and drive to the put in.

On the river you will focus on fundamental river skills and have lots of practice time.  Normal takeout time is 3:30pm but the lesson may be slighlty longer or shorter due to water, weather or participant needs.

Is This Trip For You?

This lesson is designed for people who have taken our Intro lake lesson,  our intro pool series, or have had previous experience in a river running kayak and want to refresh their river skills.   It is not for people who have not had any previous experience.  You will be running class 2-3 whitewater rapids and should expect to capsize.   You must be familiar with the "wet -exit"  and have basic boat control skills.

If you have questions about your competency please call the shop to discuss 303-433-3676

What to Bring to Lake/River Lessons:

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

Confluence Kayaks
2373 15th St Unit B
Denver CO 80202

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..