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Course Overview

The River Kayaking course is a program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry-level through intermediate individuals in public, private and commercial settings.

PFD designed for whitewater use, whitewater helmet, clothing suitable for paddling, protective footwear, boat, paddle.

NOTE: The CCA does not provide boating gear.  Participants need to acquire gear and properly outfit prior to the class.

This is typically a two day class to be taught on rivers up to class II rapids.

ACA Official Curriculum: Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking

Introduction, Expectations, & Logistics:

  • Welcome, introductions, paperwork


  • Student & instructor course expectations and limitations


  • Course itinerary & site logistics

  • Review waiver, assumption of risk, challenge by choice, medical disclosure

  • About the ACA


  • PFD policy (always wear on water)


  • Appropriate personal behavior


  • No alcohol / substance abuse


  • Proper etiquette on & off the water


  • Respect private property


  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics