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Learn to Kayak

Kayak Roll ClassKayak Tune-upOn River ClassTwo-Day Fasttrack Class Practice Roll SessionInflatable Kayak Class

Our kayak school provides you with the opportunity to learn the dynamic sport of kayaking in a controlled environment and supportive atmosphere. Kayaking can provide a lifetime of excitement, fun and exercise. Our kayak school is centered on two building blocks essential to kayak instruction:


KAYAK ROLL CLASS

The centerpiece of the sport of kayaking is the Eskimo Roll. We offer classes aimed at teaching you this important technique. Instruction is primarily focused on the “C to C” and sweep rolls. Sessions include a one hour session in the classroom and two 1.5 hour separate pool sessions.
During the winter these sessions are held at Mulberry Pool or Epic Pool. In warmer weather, we hold the sessions on a nearby pond. In addition to regularly scheduled sessions, private instruction is also available.

In order to Register please follow these steps:

1) Setup an account and register with the City of Fort Collins by clicking here: Fort Collins Recreator Registration

2) Once you have created your account go to "Activity Search" or "Browse Activities" and click on the "Aquatics" link

3) Enter "201358" as the Activity Number

4) Select your dates and proceed to checkout

Season : January to August  
Cost : Scheduled Group Class $100 (includes classroom & pool sessions)
    Equipment Rental Included!
    Private Instruction $250 (3.5 hours) (Share the Class - Price is for 1 or 2 students)
Meeting Location : RMA Fort Collins Store

Class Schedule:

  Classroom Session 1st Pool Session 2nd Pool Session
Pool Roll Class - 1 February 12
4:00 – 5:00 pm
February 12
5:30 – 7:00 pm
February 19
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Pool Roll Class - 2 February 26
4:00 – 5:00 pm
February 26
5:30 – 7:00 pm
March 5
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Pool Roll Class - 3 April 2
4:00 – 5:00 pm
April 2
5:30 – 7:00 pm
April 9
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Pool Roll Class - 4

April 16
4:00 – 5:00 pm

April 16
5:30 – 7:00 pm
April 23
5:30 – 7:00 pm

 


  Classroom Session On-Water Pond Session    
Pond Roll Class - 1 May 19
8:30 – 10:00 am
May 29
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pond Roll Class - 2 May 30
1:00 – 2:30 pm
May 30
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class - 3 June 23
1:00 – 2:30 pm
June 23
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class - 4 July 17
1:00 – 2:30 pm
July 17
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class - 5 Aug 5
8:30 – 10:00 am
Aug 5
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pond Roll Class - 6 Aug 10
8:30 – 10:00 am
Aug 10
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pond Roll Class - 7 TBD
TBD

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KAYAK ROLL TUNE-UP

Need to work on your roll? Sign up for one of our tune-up sessions. This instructor led session is 1 1/2 hours in length and is designed to help you perfect you roll. In addition, to regularly scheduled group classes, private instruction is also available.

Season : Year–Round  
Cost : Scheduled Group Class $40
    Equipment Rental $10
    Private Instruction $105 (Share the class - Price is for 1 or 2 students)
Meeting Location : RMA Fort Collins Store

Class Schedule:

  Session Date and Time
Paddling Tune-up Class - 1 May 30th
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class - 2 June 23rd
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class - 3 July 17th
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class - 4 August 5th
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class - 5 August 10th
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class - 6 TBD

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ON RIVER CLASS

Designed for your first time river experience, this instructional class has just the right combination of moving water and rapids to ensure lots of learning time and excitement. In addition to learning the basics of boat handling and river safety, this course will teach you essential river reading skills and maneuvers like eddy turns, peel outs and ferrying. Not to worry, you will find plenty of time to work on your river roll; we may even be able to enjoy a little surfing. In addition to regularly scheduled group classes, private instruction is also available.

Season : Late May – August  
Cost : Scheduled Group Class $155
    Equipment Rental $20
    Private ½ Day Instruction $235 (3 ½ hours) (Share the class - Price includes 1 or 2 students)
    Private Full Day Instruction $415 (7 hrs) (Share the class - Price includes 1 or 2 students)
Meeting Location : RMA Fort Collins Store

Class Schedule:

Poudre River Classes Session Date and Time
On River Paddling Class - 1 May 31
8:30 – 3:30 pm
On River Paddling Class - 2 July 21
8:30 – 3:30 pm
On River Paddling Class - 3 August 6th
8:30 – 3:30 pm

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TWO DAY FAST TRACK CLASS

Schedule doesn't permit you to take classes at your leisure? Want to speed up things and get on to whitewater right away? Then consider enrolling in this Two Day Fast Track program. By combining our kayak roll, paddling techniques, and on-river instruction into one intensive class, we will have you navigating fun rapids in short order. We offer this two-day class on the Poudre River. Lunch is provided each day so we can optimize learning time. In addition to regularly scheduled group classes, private instruction is also available.

Season : Late May – August  
Cost : Scheduled 2 Day Instruction $265
    Equipment Rental $30
    Private 2 Day Instruction $635 (Share the class - Price is for 1 or 2 students)
Meeting Location : RMA Fort Collins Store

Poudre River Classes Session Date and Time
Two-Day Fast Track - 1 May 20 & 21
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two-Day Fast Track - 2 June 24 & 25
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two-Day Fast Track - 3 July 18 & 19
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two-Day Fast Track - 4 August 11 & 12
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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KAYAK SUMMER CAMP

Do you have, or know, a teenager that is looking for an adventure style camp? Then consider sending them to Kayak Camp, where they will spend five days learning how to whitewater kayak with trained professionals. We spend our first two days on confined flat water, progressing from an indoor pool to the resevoir. Then, we spend the next three days kayaking and camping along the Colorado River. This camp is designed for beginners and intermediates; no experience necessary! Surrounded by their peers, your teen will learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking, all while making life-long friends. Here is our camp mission: "To provide a robust introduction to whitewater kayaking through a fun and adventerous experience while promoting self-confidence, personal awareness, and river stewardship facilitated through experiental education."

Season : July 23rd - July 28th  
Cost : All Equipment Included $755
Meeting Location :YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch  

This camp is run in conjunction with our partners at the YMCA - Snow Mountain Ranch. For availability and booking information please contact them at 970-887-2648 or click here

 


PRACTICE ROLL SESSIONS @ EPIC POOL (FEB - APR 2017)

Roll sessions are now held in conjuction with the City of Fort Collins. In order to attend a Roll Session please follow the registration steps, located at the top of this page.

Season :Feb 12- Apr 23  
Cost : Individual Session TBD
    Coupon Book for Five Sessions TBD
    Equipment Rental Package $10.00
Meeting Location : EPIC Pool
Schedule : Sundays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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INFLATABLE KAYAK CLASSES

These classes are aimed at teaching you proper paddle strokes and whitewater techniques using an inflatable (duckie) kayak. Typically, these kayaks are more stable than traditional style whitewater kayaks and, thus, we skip teaching you how to roll these boats.

The one-day class consists of a morning session on flat water aimed at getting you comfortable on the water. Concepts such as the paddler's box, range of movement, laws of motion, and physical conditioning are discussed. Specific attention is given to forward, sweep, reverse seep, and draw strokes along with low angle and high angle bracing.

Following the morning session, we provide you lunch before moving on to the river segment of instruction. The river session allows you to paddle on moving water and through rapids. You will learn the basics of boat handling and river safety. This course will teach you initial river reading skills and maneuvers like eddy turns, peel outs, and ferrying. We offer regularly scheduled group classes and private instruction.

Season : Late May – August  
Cost : Scheduled Group Instruction $155 (includes equipment)
    Private Half-Day Instruction $235 (3.5) (Share the class - Price is for 1 or 2 students)
    Private Full-Day Instruction $415
Meeting Location : RMA Fort Collins Store
Schedule : Call for availability

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Call us at (800) 858-6808 for more information or to reserve your class. You can also book a class using our online booking agent. Click here for more information about multiple class discounts, what to wear, and making reservations.