2 Day Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking Class

Fri., Sat.
2 days

Our clinics begin at Frenchtown Pond or Harper’s Lake, where we start with an equipment overview and develop a sense of underwater comfort. We introduce basic whitewater kayaking skills, such as the wet exit, stern draw, reverse and forward sweeps, rudder, forward stroke, hip snaps, and T-rescues. In the afternoon, we head to the river and paddle a Class I – mellow, moving water – section of either the Blackfoot or Clark Fork River. (Our choice here is dependent on water levels.)On the river we focus on river safety and awareness, boat control, eddy turns, ferries, and the Eskimo roll. The following day we apply everything we learned prior and paddle a section of the Clark Fork or Blackfoot Rivers. Missoula, Montana offers some of the best instructional rivers in the world, making it the perfect place to learn to kayak!

What's included ?

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • PFD
  • Spray skirt
  • Wetsuit
  • Neoprene coat
  • Nose plugs
  • Booties (if needed)

What to bring ?

  • Sturdy footwear (Chaco, Keen-style sandals)
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-drying or breathable clothing (No cotton!)
  • Dry clothes for after
  • Reusable water bottle with attachment
  • Sunglasses with retention straps
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Towel
  • Gratuities are accepted via cash or Venmo

Other considerations

No experience necessary. Good attitude and overall health required. All clinics start in flat water. Private clinics are available anytime (with a minimum of 4 people) for all ages. ZTS provides our students with the most progressive equipment in the industry. Our clinics enjoy a 4 to 1 student-teacher ratio.