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Lesson 4 - Essentials of River Safety and Rescue

Price: $125/person
Age Requirement: 12 and up
Prerequisites:  Lesson 3 River Kayaking or equivalent

Call 303.988.2943 or
Glenwood Springs

For the excited and adventurous paddler, it's time to push your ability to the next level, and hone your skills to do it safely. We start by perfecting the harder peel outs and ferries into micro eddies and go into greater depth of technique and theory. You will learn the basics of swift water rescue and advanced safety. During this class, we will practice swimming in rapids, the use of a throwback and how to take care of yourself when things are not going as planned. You can expect to feel safer and more competent on class III water.

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 9AM and end around 3PM.

Colorado River, Glenwood Springs, CO


Saturday, June 24, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017


Lesson 4

Start time around 9am


Basic rescue equipment



Throw Bagging

Quick Release Harness System

Tow Tether

Boat-based rescue

End time may vary around 3pm


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.


Two Rivers Park

Open Directions (Google Maps)

From Denver: Take  I-70 W toward Grand Jct about 145 miles. Take exit 116 for CO-82 E toward Glenwood Springs/Aspen got 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto CO-82 E and go 299 ft. Turn left onto W 6th St for 0.3 mile. Take the 2nd left onto Devereux Rd. Two Rivers Park will be on the left

Accommodations for classes held on the Colorado River

All hotels and camp grounds are based solely on proximity to the class.  We have no affiliation nor do we endorse any of the following hotels or camp grounds. We do not offer any accommodations.  Below are a few of the many option available.

Camping options near Dotsero, Co:
Deep Creek Camp Sites
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 Exit 133 at Dotsero and turn north onto County Road 301 (Colorado River Road). Follow for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn at the National Forest Access sign onto Deep Creek Road. Go through private property for the first 2 miles until enter BLM. Campsites are marked along the road, as well as walk-in sites at the Coffeepot trailhead. White River National Forest access is further up the road. Be careful of trucks on road. Located 4.5 miles from Dotsero, CO

Upper Colorado River-Lyons Gulch Camp Site
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 Exit 133 at Dotsero and turn north onto County Road 301 (Colorado River Road). Follow road for 3.8 miles until site on right side with two parking areas. Located 4 miles from Dotsero, CO

Hotels options near Dotsero, Co:
The Hotel Glenwood Springs - Great for kids
52000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 928-8188

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Eagle
0075 Pond Road Eagle, CO 81631
(970) 328-8088

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Eagle
0085 Pond Road Eagle, CO 81631
(800) 634-3444

All hotels and campgrounds are based solely on proximity to the class.  We have no affiliation to any of the following hotels or campgrounds. We do not offer any accommodations. These are only a few of the many option available.

Quality Inn and Suites on the River

2650 Gilstrap Ct

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 945-5995


Best Western Antlers

171 W 6th St

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 945-8535


Hotel Glenwood Springs

52000 Two Rivers Plaza Road

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 928-8188


Courtyard Glenwood Springs

125 Wulfsohn Rd

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

(970) 947-1300


Camping near Glenwood Springs, CO


Ami’s Acres

50235 Highway 6

Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601

Phone:    970-945-5340



Avalanche Campground

Avalanche Creek Rd, Redstone, CO 81623

White River National Forest

Phone:(970) 945-2521


Bogan Flats Campground

White River National Forest

Carbondale, CO


Aspen-Basalt Campground

20640 Highway 82

Basalt, CO 81621


Thompson Creek Campground

50629 Hwys 6 & 24

Glenwood Springs, CO 81602



Hideout Cabins and Campground

1293 County Road 117

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601



Ruedi Marina Campground

White River National Forest

Carbondale, CO

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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