Whitewater Kayaking Instruction (RK1, RK2, RK3- Beginning Series)

Whitewater Kayaking Instruction

on Sacramento’s American River!

Learn to paddle the right way in our exciting, professionally taught river kayaking lessons (<: (Scroll down for dates, pricing and more info on our whitewater kayak classes (<:

Whitewater kayak lessonsFor 26 years Current Adventures’ whitewater kayaking instruction program is where California paddlers have sent their friends and family to learn to kayak the right way! The proven itinerary of our whitewater kayak classes is the fastest way to get started in the exciting sport!!  Our small classes assure not only personal attention, but more success and a safer experience as well. 

We run our whitewater kayak classes with a 3:1 student/instructor ratio or better – the best in the industry!

In Whitewater River Kayaking 1 (RK1) you’ll develop the foundation and skills necessary to paddle on your own with friends. Our friendly, experienced instructors start  in the pool or easy moving water, overcoming any fears while  introducing basic paddling strokes & techniques. By Day 2, you’ll amaze yourself as you paddle through the eddies and currents under your own power. With increasing confidence and boat control you’ll weave and glide down a new stretch of the river and by the end of the day you’ll be planning your return for River Kayaking 2!!

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Gift Certificates are available and emailed immediately when purchased online.

      All 2 day River Kayaking (RK -1, 2 ,3 ) courses feature:
Price includes: 2 full days of whitewater kayaking instruction with a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, all kayaking gear and required put in fees. Ask about local riverside camping (Additional Fees to be discussed). If you prefer indoor accommodations instead of camping we have great options for you as well.  Just ask  🙂   888-4-KAYAKING (888-452-9254) or info@currentadventures.com

Times: 9am-4pm+ ( about 5-6 hours on water time)
Meeting Location: The River Store, 1032 Lotus Road, Lotus, CA

2024 Class Schedules:

RK1 Dates:    BOOK NOW


13-14       Sat/Sun

18-19       Thu/Fri

27-28       Sat/Sun


11-12       Sat/Sun

16-17       Thu/Fri

25-26       Sat/Sun

30-31      Thu/Fri


8-9         Sat/Sun

13-14      Thu/Fri

22-23      Sat/Sun

29-30      Sat/Sun


6-7        Sat/Sun

11-12     Thu/Fri

13-14     Sat/Sun

20-21     Sat/Sun

25-26     Thu/Fri

27-28     Sat/Sun


3-4        Sat/Sun

10-11     Sat/Sun

15-16     Thu/Fri

17-18     Sat/Sun

24-25     Sat/Sun

29-30     Thu/Fri

31- 1      Sat/Su


14-15     Sat/Sun

21-22     Sat/Sun

26-27    Thu/Fri

RK2 Dates:  BOOK NOW


23-24       Sat/Sun


20-21       Sat/Sun


2-3           Thu/Fri

18-19       Sat/Sun


1-2          Thu/Fri

15-16       Sat/Sun


13-14       Sat/Sun

18-19       Thu/Fri

27-28       Sat/Sun


8-9          Thu/Fri

17-18       Sat/Sun


7-8           Sat/Sun

28-29       Sat/Sun

RK3 Dates: BOOK RK 3 NOW


30-31       Sat/Sun


4-5         Sat/Sun


6-7         Sat/Sun


10-11      Sat/Sun

RK3 (1-Day Only) Dates:  Book 1-Day RK3 Now


24        Fri


3          Mon

17        Mon


15        Mon


2          Fri

19        Mon

25        Sun


2          Mon

21         Sat

Make Your Own Group Class:
Gather a group of three or more paddlers and set your own date at our regular group price! Call us for details.

What is taught in RK1, RK2, and RK3?
In general, River Kayaking 1 or RK1 provides an introduction to the boat and gear, addresses getting into and out of the boats, and teaches wet exits, bow rescues, forward and steering strokes, self rescue, eddy turns, peel outs, and Class I-II river reading.

River Kayak2 or RK2 continues working on all of the above, and adds basic surfing skills, increased use of edging, more on basic safety, more advanced river reading, and an introduction to rolling. After taking RK2 you may want to consider one of our Pool Roll classes.

River Kayaking 3 or RK3 teaches more advanced strokes as well as when to use them.

Group Private Kayak Class



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Client Comments:
And again, many thanks to you for getting me back out on the water.  I’ve not felt the exuberance I experienced last Sunday in quite some time.  People wanted to know what that big
grin on my face was all about 😉
With gratitude,
We have lots of guaranteed water releases year round and especially in the summer when other rivers are low –making The American River the river of choice for kayaking and other river fun!!
“Water flows in the South Fork American River result from releases from hydroelectric facilities located upstream. Such water releases are not subject to the control of El Dorado County or rafting companies operating under Permits from the County of El Dorado.”

Whitewater kayaking instruction and American River kayaking trips for the discerning and adventurous paddler!

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