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Beginner Sea and Recreational Kayaking

Price: $125 person
Age Requirement: 12 and up
Prerequisites:  Able to swim and have fun

Call 303.988.2943 or
Chatfield Reservoir

Open up another whole world of kayaking. Touring in a kayak is one of the most exciting ways to explore the world. Whether you want to paddle around the lakes of Colorado, small islands in the Caribbean or the inside passage of Alaska sea kayaking is the way to go. Enjoy a day at Chatfield State Park trying your hand at sea kayaking. Start the day off learning how to choose a kayak, outfitting the boat, essential safety items and their usage.  Then it is off to the water to learn the fundamental paddle strokes needed to get around efficiently.  After lunch the focus is on self-rescue techniques, navigation and how to plan for a sea kayaking adventure.  You don't need an ocean to be a sea kayaker - any lake will do and we have plenty of them right here in your Colorado back yard. This class will teach you the necessary skills you need to enjoy this intimate, low impact form of travel.

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:

All classes begin at 8:30AM and end around 2:30PM

Chatfield Reservoir, Littleton, CO

Additional information available on our new website




Sea Kayaking Lesson Outline



Trip planning


Boat fit/adjustment

Loading your boat on your vehicle

Carrying your boat

Launching and landing

Wet exit





Deep water re-entries

Side by side rescue

Intro to rolling


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

Open Directions (Google Maps)

For the 2017 - 2019 seasons, Chatfield is undergoing construction. Please check their website to guarantee that each entrace has access to the gravel pond.

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. Due to parking issues at the gravel pont, this class begins at 8:30 am.

Renaissance Adventure Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.

Renaissance Adventure Guides operates under special use permits from the White River National Forest.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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