Private Youth Instruction

Private Youth Instruction

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Program Description

Looking to improve your youth’s skills with individual instruction? Would your kids want more time with an Instructor one-on-one?  Private Youth instruction can be the perfect opportunity for your kids to fine-tune their skills. From beginner to advanced instruction, our kayak instructors will help them develop their skills on an Oregon River Adventure. Each session is customized to your specific wants and needs. As in most sports, practice is key! Your instructor will work with your child to achieve their personal goals.

The private instruction sessions offer a great opportunity to build confidence, and practice a number of skills including balance, edging, bracing, how to turn and drive the board/boat efficiently, and the techniques of an effective self-rescue. Learn at your own pace with personalized assistance from friendly Sundance instructors! Our instructor will start the lesson by getting to know more about their student and set goals for the day. There will be an opportunity to share strengths and weaknesses, and discuss any goals you or your youth may have for lesson. All of this information will be used to help your instructor choose the best plan for the day.


Individual Instruction is perfect for:

  • Perfecting strokes and techniques
  • One-on-one individualized instruction
  • Critical feedback to help speed the learning process
  • Building confidence in the sport
  • And so much more!

Length: Half or Full Day

Prerequisites: No experience required!

May – September

Includes: World-class instruction and required gear. (Lodging and meals are not included)

Cost: $205 – $265
All prices per person are subject to a 3% Government Use and Service fee. Guide Gratuity not included in the price.

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Day 1:
Build your child’s confidence, and practice a number of skills including strokes, bracing, edging, and more. Learn with personalized assistance from friendly Sundance instructors!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Why Sundance? Maybe you've heard of us? Sundance Kayak School has been in business for over 50 years!