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 Boulder 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.
Please be advised that lesson locations may change due to flooding at Chatfield Reservoir.
Location, Dates, and Times:
Chatfield Reservoir, Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO
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.
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.
Classes meet at Hobie Haven, just past the swimming area and just before the first boat ramp. The reservoir has a gate fee of: Youth (3-18) $3.75, Adult (19-59) $6.25, Senior (60+) $4.25 or have a Season Pass.