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Teens & Tweens Whitewater Kayaking Clinic I | South Fork American River

Are you a teenager or almost a teenager interested in whitewater kayaking? Or have you taken a class before but want a refresher to help you get back on the water? This beginner 2-day clinic on the South Fork American will introduce or re-introduce you to the joys of being a whitewater kayaker in a safe and supportive environment. Each day will be spent learning paddling skills on the water and the evening with on-land workshops and a potluck dinner. We will cover river equipment, paddling skills, basic river hydrology, safety and so much more! In the morning, pack up camp and hit the water for more instruction!

Introduction to Whitewater – We’ll cover balance and control of the kayak, self-rescue and safety fundamentals while learning to navigate rapids up to Class 2. We progress at a safe pace to ensure you have a great time learning on the river and want to come back for more!

Beginning Whitewater - You'll be re-acquainted with being in a river kayak. We'll go over the basics, including the essential paddle strokes needed to effectively maneuver your kayak, basic hydrology and reading the water. Progressing up to Class 2 rapids, we'll give you the tools to have fun and feel excited about being back on the water!

If you are unsure of which clinic you should sign up for, please read through our Paddling Skill Level Self-Assessment.

The cost of the clinic includes instruction both days, camping and all the gear you'll need – kayak, paddle, personal flotation device (PFD), sprayskirt and helmet. This gear will be there ready for you when you check in to this clinic.

Teens & Tweens | Whitewater Kayaking Clinic I | South Fork American River, 2 Days/1 Night

July 15-16, 2020

All Prices are per person and subject to an 8% Government Use and Service Fee.

Students under 18 years of age please contact us BEFORE REGISTERING. Parent or guardian must be present to camp.

Tent and camping gear rental available. Email us at for pricing and details.

In association with WET River Trips.