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Look for instructors that are highly experienced and certified with the American Canoe Association, This mean they're up on the latest safety issues. The first place to look for a pool class is through a local kayak club. Check your local paddling store for clubs in the area. If you can't easily find a kayaking club, check at local YMCAs and YWCAs. Many instructors used the Ys' pools for instruction and practice.

There are also many good kayaking instruction companies. They typically offer multi-day clinics and are a good way to get started or work on your techniques. You will still want to participate in a pool session so you get regular practice.


Adventure Quest
P.O. Box 184
Woodstock, VT 05091 USA
Tel. 1-802-484-3939

California Canoe and Kayak School
11257 South Bridge Street
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 USA
Tel. 1-800-366-9804

Calleva Paddling School
15215 Seneca Road
Darnestown, MD 20874
Tel. 1-301-417-2994
Web site:
Located in the Washington D.C area, Calleva has affordable, instructional classes and trips for women by women.

Endless River Adventures
P.O. Box 246
Bryson City, NC 28713 USA
Tel. 1-704-488-6199

Friendsville Paddling School
P.O. Box 443
Friendsville, MD 21531 USA
Tel. 1-800-477-3723

P.O. Box 72
Orr's Island, ME 04066 USA
Tel. 1-800-205-2925

Kayak and Canoe Institute
Duluth Outdoor Program
121 SpHC, 10 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812 USA
Tel. 1-218-726-6533

Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19, West
Bryson City, NC 28713-9114 USA
Tel. 1-888-662-1662

New England Outdoor Center
P.O. Box 669
Millinocket, ME 04462 USA
Tel. 1-800-766-7238

Northwest Outdoor Center
2100 Westlake Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109 USA
Tel. 1-206-281-9694

Otter Bar Kayak School
P.O. Box 210C
Forks of Salmon, CA 96031 USA
Tel. 1-916-462-4772

Riversport School of Paddling
P.O. Box 95
Confluence, PA 15424 USA
Tel. 1-800-216-6991
Web site:

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
10281 Highway 50
Howard, CA 81233 USA
Tel. 1-800-255-5784
Web site:

Sierra South Mountain Sports
P.O. Box Y
Kernville, CA 93239 USA
Tel. 1-619-376-3745

Snake River Kayak and
Canoe School

P.O. Box 3482
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
Tel. 1-800-529-2501

Sundance Kayak School
and Expeditions

14894 Galice Road
Merlin, OR 97532 USA
Tel. 1-541-479-8508

Whitewater Challengers Outdoor
Adventure Center

P.O. Box 8
White Haven, PA 18661 USA
Tel. 1-570-443-9532


American Canoe Association
7432 Alban Station Blvd., Suite B-226
Springfield, VA 22150 USA
Tel. 1-703-451-0141
Web site:

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American Whitewater Affiliation
PO Box 636
16 Bull Run Road
Margaret, NY 12455 USA
Tel. 1-800-255-5784
Web site:

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
P.O Box 7494
Red Oak, IA 51591-0494 USA
Tel. 1-800-678-5432
Web site:

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Class VI River Runners
P.O. Box 78  
Lansing, WV 25862 USA
Tel. 1-800-CLASSVI or 1-304-574-0704
Web site:

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National Organization of
Whitewater Rodeos (NOWR)

2 S. Main St. #29
P.O. Box 842
Weaverville, NC 28711, USA
Tel. 1-828-645-5299
Web site:


New River Gorge National River
P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846 USA
Tel. 1-304-465-0508
Web site:

Kayak Instruction Excellence
211 Taylor St., Suite 5
Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA
Tel. 1-360-379-4182
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Northeast Paddler's Message Board
Web site:

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Paddler Magazine
P.O. Box 775450
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, USA
Tel. 1-970-879-1450
Web site:

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Great kayak surfing waves

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ACA Affiliated Clubs
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ACA provides a list of member clubs. Look for one in your area.

Alaska -
Knik Canoers and Kayakers

Web site:


Arkansas / Missouri -
The Ozark Whitewater Page

Web site:

California -
Loma Prieta Paddlers

Bruce Julian
400 Ortage Ave. #324
Mountain View, CA 94040
Tel. 1-415-964-3709
Web site:

New York/New Jersey -
Kayak and Canoe Club of New York

P.O. Box 195
Garrison, NY 10524 USA
Tel. 1-914-4242-3160

Texas -
Whitewater Wacko

Web site:

Vermont -
Vermont Paddlers Club

Tel. 1-802-899-1872
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Alpine Kayak Club
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Expediciones Chile
P.O. Box 1640
Bryson City, NC 28713 USA
Tel. 1-888-488-9082, 847-400-0790
Web site:

This is Olympic paddler Chris Spelius' kayaking camp. Well known for it's class V Futaleufu river. There are some class III trips available. See SheGear Stories for more information about class III paddling.
Chile Surf

Chile River

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