Kayaking Lessons in Colorado

Our kayak school provides you with the opportunity to learn the dynamic sport of kayaking in a controlled environment and supportive atmosphere. Kayaking in Colorado 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 is held in a swimming pool or pond.
  • Whitewater river class is held on the river.

Kayak Roll Class

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

Season: February to August
Cost: Scheduled Group Class $100 (includes classroom & pool sessions)
  Equipment Rental Included!
  Private Instruction $235 (3.5 hours) (Share the Class – Price is for 1 or 2 students)

Meeting Location: RMA Fort Collins Store

Winter Class Schedule:
In order to Register for Winter sessions 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

Classroom Session 1st Pool Session 2nd Pool Session
Pool Roll Class – 1 Feb 10
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Feb 10
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Feb 17
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Pool Roll Class – 2 Feb 24
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Feb 24
6:00 – 8:00 pm
March 3
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Pool Roll Class – 3 March 24
4:30 – 5:30 pm
March 24
6:00 – 8:00 pm
March 31
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Pool Roll Class – 4 April 7
4:30 – 5:30 pm
April 7
6:00 – 8:00 pm
April 14
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Summer Class Schedule:

Classroom Session On-Water Pond Session
Pond Roll Class – 1 June 8
1:00pm – 2:00 pm
June 8
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 2 June 14
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
June 14
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 3 June 15
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
June 15
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 4 July 20
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
July 20
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 5 July 21
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
July 21
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 6 August 10
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
August 10
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 7 August 11
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
August 11
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 8 August 30
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
August 30
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pond Roll Class – 9 August 31
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
August 31
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Classroom Session  On-Water Pond Session
Women’s
Pond Roll Class
July 19
1:00pm – 2:00 pm
July 19
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Call us at (800) 858-6808 for more information or to reserve your trip.

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 your roll. In addition, to regularly scheduled group classes, private instruction is also available.

Season: Year–Round
Cost: Scheduled Group Class $60
  Equipment Rental $10
  Private Instruction $235 – (3.5 hours) (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 19
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class – 2 June 1
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class – 3 June 16
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Paddling Tune-up Class – 4 Aug 1
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Call us at (800) 858-6808 for more information or to reserve your trip.

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 20
8:30 – 3:30 pm
On River Paddling Class – 2 June 4
8:30 – 3:30 pm
On River Paddling Class – 3 Aug 9
8:30 – 3:30 pm

Call us at (800) 858-6808 for more information or to reserve your trip.

TWO DAY FAST TRACK CLASS

Schedule doesn’t permit you to take multiple classes at your leisure? Want to speed things up and get on the river right away? Then consider enrolling in our 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 $300
  Equipment Rental $30
  Private 2 Day Instruction $830 (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 30-31
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two-Day Fast Track – 2 June 2-3
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two-Day Fast Track – 3 June 29-30
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two-Day Fast Track – 4 July 13-14
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Two-Day Fast Track – 5 July 26-27
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Call us at (800) 858-6808 for more information or to reserve your trip.

Playboating Class

New for 2019, we are offering playboating clinics. In this fundamentals of freestyle class we well focus on the use of edges, trim and balance, and surfing different types of features in freestyle kayaks.  Participants should be comfortable in moving water and have a roll. In addition to regularly scheduled group classes, private instruction is also available.

Season: Late May- August
Cost: Scheduled Group Class $100
 Equipment Rental  $20
 Private Instruction  $235 (3.5 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
Playboating Class – 1 August 17
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Playboating Class – 2 August 18
1:00 – 5:00 pm

Call us at (800) 858-6808 for more information or to reserve your trip.

INFLATABLE KAYAK LESSONS

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
Class Schedule:
Poudre River Classes Session Date and Time
Inflatable Kayak Class – 1 June 9
8:30 – 3:30 pm

Call us at (800) 858-6808 for more information or to reserve your trip.