Class 3+ Sampler Week

Redwood Coast Whitewater Sampler

  • Length: 5 Days
  • Season: March-April
  • Course not being offered in 2020.  Please inquire about our 2021 dates!
  • Includes: World-Class Kayak Instruction, Kayak, Paddle, Meals, Transportation, Sleeping Accommodations**
  • Cost: $1395

Looking to tune up your kayaking skills? Our Class 3-4 Redwood Coast Sampler Week is the perfect opportunity! Whether you’re trying to gain confidence on new runs or improve your paddling technique this week will grow your skill base both physically and mentally.

Smith River California Redwoods


  • Comfortable on Class 3+ Rivers
  • Reliable Roll on Class 3
  • A Desire to Challenge Your Skills

Course Objectives:

  • Water Reading and Boat Scouting
  • Reliable Roll on Class 3+
  • Efficiently maneuver through rapids
  • Gain confidence on new runs
  • Refine paddling technique
  • Become Smooth & Comfortable on Class 4
  • Understand group dynamics and river leadership with an emphasis on judgement and decision making


Diamond Creek into the North Fork of the Smith River

Photo: Nate Wilson Photography

Instructors: Joining us from the East coast is Nathan Nahikian with Potomac River Outfitters and Sundance’s own J.R. Weir. Both Nathan and J.R. are certified Instructor Trainers with the American Canoe Association (ACA).

Location*: This class will be taught on the Smith River in Northern California in the Six Rivers National Forest. The Smith offers 3 runnable forks with several runs ranging from Class 3-4 and Class 4+. Each day we will access the group’s goals and decide accordingly where to go.

North Fork of the Smith River

Clear Waters North Fork of the Smith River. Photo: Nate Wilson Photography

The Smith River

Breathtakingly beautiful, the Smith River flows crystal clear through the heart of the Redwood country and is one of the “crown jewels” of the Wild and Scenic River system.

This is California’s only undammed, free-flowing river. Famed for its water quality, the Smith is widely considered to be one of the premier “salmon strongholds” of the lower 48.

With over 300 miles of runnable whitewater, this river is a kayaker’s paradise. The Smith offers a smorgasbord of paddling choices, from class 1 to class 5, and lends itself to a fantastic progression of runs, for kayakers looking to improve their paddling.

Highway Rapid on the Middle Fork of the Smith River

Highway Rapid on the Middle Fork of the Smith River

Join us and sample some of the best paddling and beautiful scenery that the Northwest has to offer. The California north coast, old-growth giant redwoods, and crystal clear rivers await you.

Kayaking the Smith River in Northern California

Kayaking the Smith River in Northern California

Not Included:

  • Paddling layers, both inner and outer
  • Helmet, PFD, Skirt
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Guide Gratuity

*The Smith River is a free-flowing river dependent on rain for optimal flows. Typically it flows at great levels during the winter months. In the event the Smith River is deemed too low, or too high for this class, we will use alternate rivers comparable in difficulty.

**We will be renting a house on or near the Smith River. Depending on flows, we may travel to other rivers and these accommodations may change. Other lodges, hotels, and camping are also possibilities. Hotel rooms would be shared with the option to pay for your own room if preferred.