First things first, this is where we teach you the basic skills that create the foundation for the rest of your paddling career. The setting is calm flat water of the scenic Dotsero Lake or Chatfield Reservoir looking out at the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. We emphasize safe practices using whitewater kayaking equipment and teach you how to use it comfortably. At the end of this class you will be familiar and competent with basic paddling skills and equipment.
Lessons run rain or shine, so check out our recommended gear list for suggestions on what to bring to be prepared.
Location, Dates, and Times:
Dotsero Lake, Dotsero, CO (near Eagle, CO)
|Dotsero, CO - Day 1, Wednesdays
||Dotsero, CO - Day 1, Fridays
|Wednesday, June 22, 2016
||Friday, June 10, 2016
|Wednesday, July 6, 2016
||Friday, July 1, 2016
|Wednesday, August 3, 2016
||Friday, July 29, 2016
||Friday, August 12, 2016
||Friday, September 2, 2016
Chatfield Reservoir, Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO
|Chatfield Reservoir - Day 1, Saturdays
|Saturday, May 21, 2016
|Saturday, June 11, 2016
|Saturday, June 18, 2016
|Saturday, June 25, 2016
|Saturday, July 2, 2016
|Saturday, July 9, 2016
|Saturday, July 23, 2016
|Saturday, July 30, 2016
|Saturday, August 6, 2016
|Saturday, August 13, 2016
|Saturday, August 20, 2016
|Saturday, August 27, 2016
|Saturday, September 3, 2016
Classes with fewer than 3 individuals will be rescheduled to another day.
- Start time 9:00 am
- Introductions & Logistics
- The Wet Exit
- Strokes (Sweep, forward and stern draw)
- Lunch around noon
- Bow Rescues
- Introduction to rolling
- Wrap up
- End Time may vary around 3:00 pm
What to bring:
- Lots of water
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Something to get wet in (swimsuit)
- Lunch and Snacks
- Warm dry clothing for when you are off the water
Additional recommended items:
- Fleece or other synthetic clothing (not containing cotton) that can be worn under a wetsuit
- Kayak noseplugs (with a strap)
- A hat
- Sunglasses with retention strap (Croakies, etc.)
- Wetsuit booties or river sandals (must stay on when you swim)
This lesson includes all the kayaking gear you will need including a boat, paddle, skirt, PFD, helmet, splash jacket, wetsuit and booties. If you have your own equipment, we encourage you to bring it since it is most likely what you will be using outside of this lesson.
From Denver: Take I-70 to the Dotsero exit (exit 133), about 130 miles. After taking the off ramp, turn right onto the frontage road going west for about 100 yards. The meeting place is in a dirt lot on the right of the road named Dotsero Landing, immediately before you get to the Colorado River. If you cross the river you've gone too far. The dirt parking lot is on the upstream side of the frontage road next to the river. This class begins at 9am.
Eagle County charges a $5 per vehicle parking fee at Dotsero Landing. Please bring cash for the fee and display parking pass on the dash of the vehicle.
Dotsero Landing, Dotsero, CO
From Denver: Take I-70 to the Dotsero exit (exit 133), about 130 miles. After taking the off ramp, turn right onto the frontage road, making your way west until you reach a small street on the right (north) side of the road, called Cotton Lane. Turn right onto Cotton Lane. The first two left hand turns take you to Dotsero Landing. The parking lot for the landing is the dirt lot on the upstream side of the frontage road, on the east side of the Colorado River. This class begins at 9am.
Chatfield State Park
Entering the park from Wadsworth Blvd.:
After leaving the gate house off of take a right at the first stop sign. Follow the main road about 1.8 miles south. You will pass a road on your right that goes to the horse stables. The road will curve to the left and you will see the gravel pond on your right. Take the next right turn on to a dirt road and follow it to a large parking lot. Class meets next to the large pond on the right.
Entering the park from N. Roxborough Park Rd.:
After leaving the gate follow the main road for about 2.2 miles. You go past a campground and go over a river. After you cross the bridge make a left turn on to a dirt road and follow it to a large parking lot. Class meets next to the large pond on the right.
The reservoir has a gate fee of: $8.00 or have a Season Pass. This class begins at 9am.
At Chatfield State Park, the classes meet at a gravel pond, on the south end of the park. After leaving the gate house off of Wadsworth take a right at the first stop sign. You will pass a road on your right that goes to the horse stables. The road will curve to the left and you will see the gravel pond on your right. Take the next right turn on to a dirt road follow it to a parking lot and that is the meeting location.
If you enter at the south entrance follow the road past the camp ground. After you go over the river take a left turn and follow the road to a large parking lot and that is the meeting location.