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2 Day Kayaking Course

White Salmon River, WA

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Learn the fundamental skills to start kayaking, and fall in love with this legendary outdoor activity!

  • Learn from white water kayak instructors certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA)
  • 2-day course for beginner kayakers teaching you the fundamental skills to begin kayaking Class I and II whitewater
  • Learn about equipment and kayaks, practice skills in the pool, and spend time on one of the rivers of the Columbia River Gorge progressing from slow moving water to Class II whitewater! 
White Salmon River, WA
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May - September: 
Class Start Days - Monday, Wednesday & Saturday - 2 Day Course

**Classes begin on either Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday with the second day being the immediate next day. For example, if you choose a Monday start day, your second day will be the next day, which is Tuesday. 

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    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 10 years of age and be in good health and possess a positive attitude 
    • Basic knowledge of river hydrology and hazards are required as well 
    • Lunch and all necessary equipment will be provided
    • Most allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but should be noted when booking
    • Please bring any personal medications that you require, such as EPIpens, inhalers, etc
    2 full days
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    You may be joined by up to 12 people in this class.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel and change of clothes. All other necessary equipment will be provided.

    For this experience, our partners are taking extra measures to help prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. Our partners will be pre screening all guides prior to each trips. Any guide with a temperature of 100.4 or showing any symptoms will be sent home immediately. All group sizes have been reduced to promote space for social distancing. Our partners require all guides and participants to wear a mask during your experience and to frequently sanitize or wash your hands. All commonly touched surfaces such as restrooms, facilities, and vehicles will be disinfected frequently and gear will be washed and sanitized after every tour. Our partners kindly request that those who are feeling symptomatic or have traveled to a high-risk area to reschedule your experience. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    What do I need to bring?

    You will need a bathing suit or shorts to wear under the wetsuit, and that's it! They provide all the equipment you will need for your trip (at no charge), including wet suits, paddle jackets and fleece, booties, personal flotation devices, helmets and paddles.  All you need to do is show up for the trip, and they will take care of the rest.

    Do I have to be physically fit to kayak?

    Typically, kayaking takes a higher level of physical fitness than rafting.  This is due to the fact that you are individually responsible for making the kayak move and aren't able to rely on other people in your boat to assist you.  Like any sport, you don't need to be a professional athlete to enjoy kayaking.  Even more important than physical fitness is a positive, adventurous attitude.

    Can I use my own kayaking gear for my instruction?
    Yes.  Please let us know at the time of booking if you choose to use your own gear and specify what it is you are using.  The kayak instructors will always need to make sure that your own gear is appropriate for the course you are taking. 
    What is an Eskimo Roll?

    The Kayak Roll (often referred to as an "Eskimo Roll") is the act of rolling a capsized kayak right side up by using your body and paddle.  While many people think that rolling is the trick to learning to kayak, they feel that learning to stay right side up in the first place is the trick to learning to kayak.  They do work on the roll during the kayak course, but the real emphasis in the course is learning to control your boat so that you can paddle efficiently in a river environment.

    Is kayaking dangerous?

    Whitewater paddling is thrilling, exciting, wet and wild and unbelieveably fun.  However, as in all outdoor adventure sports, there is an inherent risk involved.  Injuries are rare, but they can happen on any trip.  From the staff training, to the rivers they select, to the equipment they use, there are minimal risks because safety is their priority.

    Are there changing rooms?
    Yes, there are changing rooms for the trips at the headquarters in White Salmon.  At the headquarters they have all the amenities necessary to make sure that your time spent off the water is as enjoyable as your time on the water.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 14 days prior to the Experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.

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