Kayak instruction

We customize every one of our clinics to meet your goals. To start, we've developed a list of clinic outlines that will fit the goals of most of our clients. Your instructor will call prior to your clinic to discuss specific goals, skills, and expectations. From start to finish - you'll learn more with us.

Details

At GRA, our goal is to make you a whitewater kayaker or take your kayaking to the next level. We are experiential educators who believe the most effective way to learn is by reducing the class sizes and focusing your goals. Not everybody learns in the same way, or at the same pace. Therefore, we exclusively offer private instruction at industry-leading rates.

With a maximum ratio of 4 students to 1 instructor, our clinics are more flexible to fit the goals of each student. We progress faster, get to know each other better, and crowd the river less. Call us, we’ll make you a kayaker. 

All of our clinics run from 9am to 5pm. Lunch and gear are included. We carry the latest equipment from the best manufacturers in the industry: Liquid Logic KayaksAstral DesignsWerner Paddles, and Snap Dragon Designs. Bring your own gear if you have it, or try ours.

Email or Call (800-335-1530) to book your clinic! We will ask you some personal information about each individual in your party including height, weight, dietary restrictions (for lunch), a general description of paddling level. Then your instructor will call before your clinic to set goals.

Kayak clinics

Intro to Whitewater

Intro to Whitewater

Learn how to kayak with an emphasis on practical skills, safety and FUN! We strive to make you feel comfortable, safe, and successful. Spend the morning on flat water and gentle current before running Class I-II rapids in the afternoon. Skills: wet exits, basic strokes, river safety, river reading/strategy, eddy turns/peel outs, ferries, and rolling. Recommended as a 2-day course.

Intro to Creeking

Intro to Creeking

Tempted by the vertical world of whitewater? The Class II-IV Upper Green is the perfect place to learn stroke timing, edging, boofing, rapid scouting and picking lines. We’ll use video as a learning tool while you practice your skills.

Kayak Roll Clinics

Kayak Roll Clinics

Learn to roll, add another, or fix what ails you. We teach a number of roll techniques including: sweep, “C to C”, back deck, off-side, and hands rolls. Roll Clinics are scheduled for the first Friday of every month, May-September. Private Roll Clinics are also available.

Custom Clinics

Custom Clinics

Let us design a clinic to fit your goals and skill level. The possibilities are endless!

Swiftwater Rescue

Swiftwater Rescue

This 2-day class teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. We place an emphasis on simple, commonly used skills in both an individual and team/group context. Participants will leave the clinic with a certificate of completion from the ACA in Swiftwater Rescue: Level 4.

Advanced Creeking

Advanced Creeking

There’s no better place to learn advanced creeking than the Green River Gorge. This 2-day course starts slow and finishes big. Day 1: Perfect stroke timing, boofing, and edging on the Upper Green before mustering your courage on Class IV+ Hammer Factor Rapid of the Narrows. Day 2: Hike into run the Class IV+ Lower Narrows. This is a vertical playground for boofing, scouting, and adrenaline rapids.

Beyond the Basics

Beyond the Basics

Take the next step in the sport and perfect your eddy turns, ferries, stroke efficiency, river reading, surfing, and rolling. This clinic allows you to shake off the cobwebs, correct your bad habits, and find a new plateau.

Specs

1-person clinic $250/day
2-person clinic $400/day
3-person clinic $550/day
4-person clinic $700/day
Trip Schedule
  • All clinics run 9am-5pm and include lunch and all kayak equipment.

What to Bring

  • Bathing suit or swim trunks – synthetic material, no cotton Low-profile water shoes – aqua socks or river booties work best Towel and dry change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Eyeglasses/Sunglasses – with a retaining strap Extra pair of contact lenses
  • Required Medications
  • *We provide all kayaking specific gear. If you forget something, our outfitter store will probably have it!

Policies

  • Kayak instruction clinics require a 50% non-refundable deposit at the time the reservation is made
  • Reservations may be rescheduled up to 72 hours prior to the clinic
  • Cancellations or rescheduling within 72 hours will be charged the full price of the clinic
  • Reservations made within 72 hours are considered final