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Intermediate River Kayaking on Colorado River (Lesson #5)

Price: $125/person

Discount package available for lessons 1-5 ($500)
Age Requirement: 12 and up
Prerequisites:  Lesson 4 Whitewater Kayaking or equivalent

Call 303.988.2943 or
Lesson #5

For the committed paddler, we're going to take you all the way. This is where it all comes together, water, skills and safety. The river trip will be run by the students while a highly qualified instructor facilitates good decision making skills. The course will begin by students figuring out all the logistics and then they will work through all aspects of doing a river trip on their own.  When you think you have it all figured out the instructor will present you with a rescue scenario to figure out. After this class you should feel comfortable paddling class III rapids and designing your own river adventures.

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.

Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, CO

Additional information available on our new website



Lesson 5

Whitewater Kayaking Adventure
- Start time 9:00 am
- Planning: Your first river trip
- Logistics: Boats, gear and people
- Group dynamics: Who is on your team and what can they offer
- Equipment: What do you have to bring and who will carry it
- Order: River traveling positions and roles
- Communication: Audio and visual
- Breaks: Where to stop for lunch and when
- Hazards: Avoidance and danger mitigation
- Rescue: Scenario
- You did it!!!
- Wrap up
- End Time may vary around 3:00 pm this class is known to run late but is well worth it.


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.


South Canyon:

From Glenwood Springs, head west on I-70 to exit #111, South Canyon. It is the first exit after the town of Glenwood Springs. From the exit ramp, turn left (south) and head under the interstate. The road will quickly dead end at a T intersection. Take the dirt road to the right (west). Follow the dirt road until it forks. Take the right (north) fork and head to a gravel lot. Restrooms are available where the two dirt roads merge back together.

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.

Hotels near Glenwood Springs

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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