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1 Day




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When you are looking for Washington private kayak instruction the expert instructors at Wildwater will tailor the day to fit your needs. From beginners wanting to learn to kayak without distractions to experienced paddlers interested in new skills, Wildwater's kayak instructors are here to help! Our course curriculum is based on American Canoe Association (ACA) and written by our Kayak School Manager who is a certified ACA instructor. All of Wildwater's kayak instructors are certified with Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue certifications and will develop a personalized plan to get your kayaking techniques and skills to the next level.


Our private kayak instruction courses are based and tailored on your experience and focused on helping you progress your skills. Our kayak instructors will personalize the private course to your ability and interest. Below are a few skills and advanced techniques that we could cover for beginner to advanced paddlers.


Whitewater kayaking is physically demanding and is not recommended for everyone. Participants must be confident swimmers and in good physical health.

"I set up a one-day whitewater kayaking session when I was in the area. From first contact until the lesson was over, I couldn’t be happier. Professional guide, professional contact and follow-up, and top notch gear. I learned how to eddy in and out, and did far more than I thought possible in a single day. Would highly recommend this outfit to anyone!"
-kayakinggeek, Trip Advisor

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Private one-on-one or small group instruction teaching the skills and techniques you want to learn. Our professional instructors will work directly with you or your small group to develop a day of kayaking that is both fun and informative. If you are unsure of what skills and techniques would be best for you to learn please contact Wildwater for guidance from our certified instructors. No matter the course level, we keep our student-to-instructor ratio low to ensure proper and individualized attention.

What we provide (Kayaking)

If you already have river gear, feel free to bring your own.

  • Kayak
  • Sprayskirt
  • Paddle
  • Semi-dry top
  • Helmet
  • PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Wetsuit and booties are provided upon request.

What to bring (Kayaking)

  • Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Sunglasses (must have croakie attachment)
  • Extra layers for cold spring days (fleece, wool, or polypropylene - avoid cotton)
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch and/or snack
  • Mask for Shuttle and Ziplock bag to keep it dry
  • Instructor Gratuity

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Guest Testimonials

This is my third time using Wildwater River Guides and I continue to have great experiences each time. Spencer was our guide down the White Salmon and we're planning on booking a couple more trips and requesting him specifically. If you're new to rafting or looking to try a new guided tour, I highly recommend Spencer and the team over at Wildwater River Guides.

Evan Stichler

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