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Kids Whitewater Kayaking Clinic I/II | South Fork American River | Lotus, CA

Give your kids the skills and confidence to have fun and stay safe out on the river this summer!

During the clinic, we will cover river equipment, paddling skills, basic river hydrology and so much more. There will be a module on river safety and basic kid-focused rescue skills throughout the clinic. Making good decisions when out on the water is important for paddlers of all ages.

Whitewater I – Introduction to Whitewater – We’ll cover balance and control of the kayak, self-rescue and safety fundamentals while learning to navigate rapids up to Class 2. We progress at a safe pace to ensure you have a great time learning on the river and want to come back for more!

Whitewater II – Beginning Whitewater – We’ll go over the basics, including the essential paddle strokes needed to effectively maneuver the kayak, basic hydrology and reading the water. Progressing up to Class 2 rapids, we’ll give them the tools to have fun and feel excited about being back on the water!

Safety & Rescue – It’s important to know what to do when the unexpected happens out on the river. This youth-focused safety and rescue module is designed to help kids develop skills and decision making while out on the river.

If you are unsure of which clinic you should sign up for, please read through our Paddling Skill Level Self-Assessment.

The cost of the clinic includes instruction and all the gear you’ll need – kayak, paddle, personal flotation device (PFD), sprayskirt helmet, wetsuit and paddle jacket. This gear will be there ready for you when you check in to this clinic. Camping at our site on the river available. Chaperone required to camp.

  • Kids Whitewater Kayaking Clinic I/II | South Fork American River | June 19-21, 2024 | 3 Days | $589 USD
All Prices are per person and subject to an 8% Government Use and Service Fee. Students under 18 years of age please contact us BEFORE REGISTERING for prior approval. Tent and camping gear rental available. Please review our cancellation policy PRIOR to booking. We understand things happen, so we highly recommend purchasing trip insurance. Contact us at for policy details and options.


The best way to enjoy those hot summer days is on the water! With the use of games and other engaging techniques, our instructors teach your kids paddling skills to have fun and excel in whitewater kayaking.

Building skills means building confidence. Over the course of our youth kayaking programs, kids develop the tools to be safe and have fun on the river. Your child will make friends for the summer and a lifetime in one of the most exciting sports on earth!


All of our instructors are full time river professionals with years of experience guiding and teaching on the water. They are trained Swiftwater Rescue Technicians, as well as having emergency wilderness medical training. Your children will learn about water safety, basic river hydrology and environmental stewardship in addition to developing paddling skills. They’ll also get some great swim practice in, as well as what to do in case of an emergency.


Our junior kayak program is based around the American River drainage, depending on student skill and experience levels. Meeting location is in Lotus, California, about 1 hour east of Sacramento and 3 hours from the San Fransisco Bay Area.

One-on-one and private group classes available ages 7 & up. Email us at for more information