2 Day Introductory Kayaking Clinics


This 2-day introductory kayak class is taught by certified ACA (American Canoe Association) instructors.  Our goal is to provide you with a solid foundation to the sport of whitewater kayaking and make you a self-sufficient paddler.

This foundation includes:

  • Kayak outfitting
  • Wet exits
  • Body positioning
  • Beginner stroke progression
  • Boat control and edging
  • Hip snaps
  • T-rescues, swimming and self-rescue
  • Reading rivers and hydrology
  • Basic safety precautions
  • Eddy turns, peel-outs and ferrying
  • Scouting rapids
  • Paddling through class I-II whitewater

Our clinics begin at Frenchtown Pond or Sandy Beaches where we start with an equipment overview and underwater comfort.  We introduce the class to basic whitewater kayaking skills such as the wet exit, stern draw, reverse/forward sweep, rudder, forward stroke, hip snaps, and T-rescues.  In the afternoon, we head to the river and paddle a Class I section of either the Blackfoot or Clark Fork River, depending on water levels.  On the river we focus on river safety/awareness, boat control, eddy turns, ferries, and the Eskimo roll.  The following day we apply everything we have learned and paddle a section of the Clark Fork or Blackfoot River.  Missoula Montana offers some of the best instructional rivers in the world.

Course Dates

2017 Dates: June 24/25, July 8/9, July 29/30, August 12/13

Intro Pricing

Quick Facts

  • No experience necessary
  • Good attitude and health required
  • All classes start in flat water
  • Private classes available anytime (minimum 4 people)
  • ZTS provides the most progressive equipment in the industry
  • 4 to 1 student teacher ratio

What You Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit/Synthetic Layers
  • NO Cotton
  • Dry Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunglasses Holder

What We Provide

  • All Necessary Equipment
  • Nose Plugs
  • Shuttle

See also: hourly kayak instruction and private kayak lessons.