• Season May-August

  • Trip Length 3 Days

  • Age 12+

$335/3 Days Book Now

Trip Info

Learn to kayak from the experts

We understand that learning to kayak can be intimidating, which is why our instructors are with you every step of the way. Wildwater's certified kayak instructors have developed our three day beginner whitewater kayak course for individuals that are interested in taking the first steps to learn how to hardshell kayak. This specific course is for people with little to no hardshell kayaking experience and is designed to introduce the basic skills, equipment, and techniques essential to kayaking on the river.

Beginner Whitewater Kayak Instruction

In this 3-day course our instructors will progress through the basic knowledge and skills of whitewater kayaking at a comfortable pace allowing each participant proper time to learn and develop. We will spend the first day introducing the different types of kayaks and river equipment while learning basic strokes and techniques in a calm environment. Days two and three will be spent on the river applying the concepts and techniques developed on day one. During these two days you will learn about river hydrology, rapid classifications, river hazards, and other important topics while practicing proper paddling techniques.

These 3-day courses are taught throughout the Spring and Summer in the Wenatchee Valley near the Bavarian themed town of Leavenworth Washington. Most of the rivers of Washington are cold which makes the Wenatchee river a great place to learn because it is one of the warmest rivers in the state and there are nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. Wildwater may accommodate other locations upon request.

Courses offered in the Wenatchee Valley near Leavenworth, Washington

May 27th-29th

June 6th-8th & 23rd-25th

July 5th-7th & 11th-13th

August 3rd-5th

No matter what kayak instruction course you take, we keep our student-to-instructor ratio low to ensure proper and individualized attention. If you are unsure which instruction course would best suit your skills, please contact Wildwater. These courses can be combined with private lessons to further develop your skills or cover specific topics.

Why Choose Wildwater?

Kayaking is more than just a passion to us, it's our profession and way of life. Our instructors have spent years developing their skills while exploring rivers across the country and internationally. Each of our instructors value the importance of building a solid foundation of skills and providing fun and engaging courses to ensure positive first experiences. All of our whitewater kayak instruction courses are based on American Canoe Association (ACA) kayak curriculum and taught by certified instructors with Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Certifications.

What We Provide

If you already have river gear, feel free to bring your own.

  • Kayak
  • Spray skirt
  • Paddle
  • Semi-dry top
  • Helmet
  • PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Wetsuit and booties are provided upon request.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Sunglasses (must have croakie attachment)
  • Extra layers for cold spring days (fleece, wool, or polypropylene - avoid cotton)
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch and/or snack

Have Questions?

View our FAQs or contact us. We would be happy to discuss any question you have.

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Participant Agreement Form

We have attached our participant agreement form for your convenience. Feel free to print and fill it out to bring with you to the river, but we will have agreement forms available for you in case you are unable to print this document out. All minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian need to make sure they bring this document with all fields filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian or they won’t be able to join us on the river, no exceptions!

Participant Agreement Form