This course is designed to get you comfortable on rivers with moving water and small rapids (ripples and rocks). The Rappahannock River is a great spot to learn beginner skills while progressing to more intermediate practices. You will learn how to read moving water, as well as use features in the river to help you navigate your way down stream. Some self and assisted rescue will also be covered. This is the perfect course for those who have always wanted to take their kayaking from ponds and lakes to more exciting and remote rivers.
If you want to be the best then you must be trained by the best! We are excited to have Ben Morton, owner of Precision Paddlesports, teach this course. Ben, awarded by ACA for his excellence in paddling instruction, has years of experience in nearly every paddling discipline.
Approximately 4 hrs (depending on water levels)
Minimum age of 12 years (exceptions made at the discretion of the Instructor)
Completion of Kayaking 101 course or prior experience in kayaking.
Non-cotton clothing is recommended. Because we are in water ways where you will not always be able to see the bottom, we recommend foot protection that will stay on in the water (i.e. water sandals, old tennis shoes) and discourage flip flops. We also encourage you to bring plenty of drinking water and snacks. Also, bringing a change of clothes for after the class is recommended.
Policy Note: We are always excited to get our customers outside and enjoying our XP Academy course offerings. Each course is tailored made for your specific needs and goals for the sport. Since we offer private/small group instruction, our instructors’ schedules are busy. Please be considerate of their schedule and make sure you arrive for your course on time. Course payments are non-refundable. Your instructors will work to reschedule your course if a cancellation is made at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled course time.