Professional Training

Professional Training

Next-level training for enthusiasts and industry professionals alike!
Do you like to take friends and family on river trips? Would you like to become a better whitewater instructor and safety-conscious trip leader?

Sundance professional training courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge to lead whitewater river trips and teach others how to be river runners too!

Aca instructor class hosted by wet planet whitewater center

ACA Kayak Instructor Certification

Length: 5 Days


  • Year-Round

Includes: World-Class instruction & ACA Certification


ACA Raft Instructor Certification

Length: 5 Days


  • Year-Round

Includes: World-class instruction & ACA Certification

Rowing school on the rogue river

NWRC Rowing School

Length: 5 Days

Check out this Class III Wilderness Rowing School, courtesy of Northwest Rafting Company!

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

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

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

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 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