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Have you learned the basics of whitewater kayaking but aren't sure how to take your paddling to the next level? Wildwater's instructors have designed these specialty whitewater skill development clinics specifically for intermediate and advanced kayakers in mind. Focusing on a specific paddling skill or topic, these 1-day clinics are the perfect way to advance your paddling ability.

Playboating & Surfing


Have you ever noticed that some of the best kayakers in the world started out as freestyle kayakers? It is also true that surfing on a wave is one of the most fun aspects of kayaking. In this course we will learn tips and tricks for surfing on a wave, techniques for training in flatwater, as well as some down-river freestyle moves. Join us for a day of playboating on Washington’s best freestyle river, the Wenatchee.

Location: Wenatchee River, Leavenworth

Advanced River running


Learn to run the river in style with advanced paddle strokes and concepts. This clinic is designed for intermediate paddlers looking to advance their river running skills.

Location: Wenatchee River, Leavenworth

Creek Boating Skills and Basics


Creek boating is a team sport. Come join us for a day of class IV creek boating and learn about the necessary skills and equipment to be a good team member. You must have a solid roll and you must carry a throw bag and float bags for this course.

Location: Skykomish River, Index

Mastering the Boof - Kayaking


Boofing, what is it and how do we do it? In this course, we will break down what a boof is and learn how to master this advanced technique. This course is designed for people with class III-IV paddling ability with a confident roll.

Location: White Salmon River, Columbia River Gorge

Edging and bracing - Kayaking


The difference between a good paddler and a great paddler is the ability to edge and brace properly. Although edging and bracing are skills taught to beginner kayakers, most paddlers have not mastered these skills. Join us as we learn ways to practice better edge control and perfect our bracing. This course is designed for people with class III-IV paddling ability with a confident roll.

Location: TBD

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Kayaking is more than just a passion to us, it's our profession and way of life. Our instructors have spent years developing their skills while exploring rivers across the country and internationally. Each of our instructors value the importance of building a solid foundation of skills and providing fun and engaging courses to ensure positive first experiences. All of our whitewater kayak instruction courses are based on American Canoe Association (ACA) kayak curriculum and taught by certified instructors with Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Certifications.

What to bring (Skill Development Clinics)

You will need to bring your own kayak, skirt, paddle, helmet, PFD, throw bag, and appropriate clothing for the river (drysuit, dry top, wet suit, etc.). During these courses, we will spend some time scouting and/or portaging so please bring a good pair of shoes or booties for walking around on wet rocks. Feel free to bring any additional kayaking equipment or gear, such as rescue equipment, medical kit, break down paddle, etc. We will spend most of the day on the river so be sure to bring food and water.

*If you are traveling or don't have all the necessary equipment please contact us for rental options.

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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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