3 Day Beginner Kayak School

3 Day Beginner Kayak School

Program Description

In this course, our instructors will teach you the basic paddling skills required to successfully read and navigate rapids.

No previous experience is required! This course is designed for those of you interested in learning to kayak, or those of you interested in refining your basic skills.

Perhaps you have taken a beginner kayak course before but still need to hone those basic skills.

If you have little or no on-water experience and are looking to refine your technique and improve your strokes, this is the course for you!

Students under 18 years of age please contact us BEFORE REGISTERING for prior approval.

Tent and camping gear rentals available. Contact us for pricing and details.

Length: 3 Days

Prerequisites: No previous experience required!

2024 Start Date:
June 6th – 8th

Difficulty:  This course is designed for total beginners, up to advanced beginner paddlers, and is conducted on a section of river that is rated class 1-3  Each day’s run is chosen based on students’ comfort and ability.

Includes: Meals, camping, world-class instruction, shuttles, and required gear

Cost: $949
All prices per person are subject to a 3% Government Use and Service fee. Guide Gratuity not included in the price.


Day 1:
The first day, you will be introduced to whitewater kayaks and paddling gear. You’ll discover you CAN easily get out of the boat, and we’ll learn a few basic strokes to put you in control.  Before lunch, you will gain the confidence to take an afternoon trip down a short, easy section of river!

Once on the river, you’ll begin to learn how to maneuver your sleek river craft and be introduced to the mysteries of the T-Rescue – a cool method for coming right back up if you tip over.

Day 2:
The next morning your instructor will introduce basic skills and maneuvers, such as forward strokes, high/low braces, eddy turns, and finally the Eskimo roll. These skills will form a strong foundation on which to build throughout the class. The afternoon will be spent on the river, applying such skills, testing abilities, and gaining confidence on the water. While we will stick to the easy rapids, you’ll begin to feel the freedom of moving around on the river, going where you want to go!

Day 3:
By day 3, you’ll continue to hone the basic skills learned in days 1 and 2, as well as start playing in the rapids, learning your limits of stability, risking tip-overs, and discovering the fun and excitement the river holds. Before long, you will begin to anticipate your next move, reacting to each and every wave. By the end of the day, you’ll have the skills and confidence you need to start running rapids on your own!

Kayaking is soul food: Kayaking is one of the best ways to enrich your life and relieve stress, and you will be surprised by how fast you gain skills and confidence on the river.  By day 3 of your beginner kayak class, rapids you wouldn’t have dared a few days ago will start to seem do-able. The crazed pace of the real world becomes distant and inconsequential. You notice that your life is more in tune with the nuances of the great outdoors.  In addition to the song of the river, you hear the strum of a distant chord that now includes you in the workings of nature.

Don’t Take Our Word For It. Hear What Our Guests Have To Say!

My instructors make maneuvering through challenging cross currents look effortless, but I have learned that there are no short cuts to doing so myself. Every time I enter a new rapid, I know a community of paddlers supports me.

Zoe L., Berkeley, California

In my years as a river guide and in my own trials at learning to kayak I have seen many go through the progression and take up a paddle. But learning how to kayak is not easy and can involve overcoming some very innate fears. Of all the teachers I have encountered none have so effectively turned that fear into fun as Sundance Kayak School.

Aaron B., Denver, CO

The experience was the highlight trip of my summer. I had been “making” it down the river, but that’s it. I felt like I was kayaking a bunch, but reached a point that I wasn’t getting any better. The instruction I received from your great group of instructors has been so helpful. They gave me so many techniques/paddle strokes to work on and they helped me with the bad habits I had developed. There wasn’t a single instructor that I didn’t think was great and enjoyable to be around, both on and off the water.

Angela W., Olympia, WA

The guides and others created a FUN and safe environment that allowed me to get out of my comfort zone.  JR’s teaching is a combination of silly, serious and encompassed in a positive energy and a can-do spirit.

Charlie, Berkeley, California

My family loved every moment of our week long kayaking school. Not only did the wonderful and fun guides teach us how to kayak and roll, but we also established friendships and memories that I know will last for a lifetime. Thank you, Sundance! We can’t wait for our next trip.

Lauren K., San Francisco, CA

I recently spent a week on the Rogue River with Lori and JR from Sundance Kayaking school and it was AMAZING!!!! I’m looking forward to going on another kayaking adventure soon and hope to be able to learn more from them again!

Megan S., Los Angeles, CA

Additional Information

We love kayaking!

The thrill and reward of accepting the challenge of learning how to kayak in whitewater, mixed with experiencing the fun, majestic beauty, and timelessness of a wilderness river trip are the reasons people come to Sundance Kayak School.  Come join us for 3 days of fun, challenge, and relaxation on the Rogue River!