Learn to Kayak

Ready to turn your river life up a notch?

There's nothing quite like navigating whitewater in your own boat, and there's no other boat in the world better suited to it than a kayak. But let's face it, this is not a good "sink-or-swim" type of sport.

Our certified instructors cater each class to fit your needs; whether you are a beginner kayaker and need to learn the basics from paddling, exiting and rolling your boat or you are looking to improve your skills to try bigger whitewater.

We'll teach you
  • Gear selection and boat anatomy
  • Wet exits and bow rescues
  • Basic paddle strokes
  • Edging and boat control
  • Basic hydrology
  • How to paddle in moving water
  • Eskimo Roll (if you’re ahead of the curve)

About the New River

The New River is the classic upon which the West Virginia whitewater rafting industry was built. It's a drop-pool river, which means placid pool punctuated by moments of excitement. The New has several "sections" that we run. Some are excellent beginner and family-friendly trips, while others better for those who want more excitement and a bigger challenge.

About the Upper New River

The New River is a large volume river, which makes for huge rapids—in the Lower Gorge. But up here, the valley is wide and the water is shallower as it flows through long calm pools and over gradients through ripply shoals, which create long stretches of fun waves and moving water, without all the challenge of the Lower New. There's plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids.

New River Rapids Classification

Class I through IV

Upper New River Rapids Classification

Class I through II, with an occasional III

Guide Information

Our kayak instructors are experts in their field and experts at determining your needs on the water.

Boat Size

You'll be in your own plastic kayak.

What’s Provided

We'll provide all the necessary kayaking equipment, but feel free to bring your own if you have it.

What to Bring

Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. Depending on the time of year and the weather, you may also want a synthetic layer. If necessary, wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent. Call us to book those, too.

Requirements & Restrictions

This activity may have age, physical ability or weight-related restrictions.

Trip Safety

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.

Operation Hours

This program is available on Monday-Friday from mid-May through mid-October.

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