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Lesson 1 Introduction to Kayaking

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

Call 303.988.2943 or
Chatfield Reservoir

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 Chatfield Reservoir looking out at the beautiful Front Range. 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 and ready for the classes on the Colorado River.

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:

Offered EITHER Fridays OR Saturdays

This intro class begins at 8:30am. All other classes begin at 9am.

Chatfield Reservoir, Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO 

Additional information available on our new website



Introduction kayaking

- Start time 8:30 am
- Introductions & Logistics
- Equipment
- The Wet Exit
- Fundamentals
- Strokes (Sweep, forward and stern draw)
- Maneuvering
- Hip-Snaps
- Lunch around noon
- Bow Rescues
- Bracing
- 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

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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