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Vail Kayaking

Colorado kayaking is world renowned. By learning how to kayak in a safe setting with knowledgeable instructors, you will have the skills and know-how that you will need to have fun whatever your level. Kayak classes offer basic water safety, paddling maneuvers and kayak rolling. Lessons takes place in a pool or local lake, and the instructor will have all the gear needed.

Colorado is home to some of the nation's best whitewater making it a natural venue for an exciting adventure in a whitewater kayak. This is an exciting way to experience the Valley's wonderful rivers.

Whitewater kayaks differ from sea kayaks and recreational kayaks in that they are specialized to deal with moving water better. They are often shorter and more maneuverable than sea kayaks and are specially designed to deal with water flowing up onto their decks. Most whitewater kayaks are made of plastics these days, although some paddlers use kayaks made of fiberglass composites. Whitewater kayaks are fairly stable in turbulent water, once the paddler is skillful with them; if flipped upside-down, the skilled paddler can easily roll them back upright. This essential skill of whitewater kayaking is called the "Eskimo Roll," or simply "Roll." Kayaks are paddled in a low sitting position (legs extended forward), with a two-bladed paddle.

Whitewater kayaking can range from simple, carefree gently moving water, to demanding, dangerous whitewater. River rapids are graded like ski runs according to the difficulty, danger or severity of the rapid. Whitewater grades (or classes) range from 1 (the easiest) to 6 (the most difficult/dangerous). Grade/Class I can be described as slightly moving water with ripples. Grade/Class VI can be described as severe whitewater.

Additional notes: Depending on the vendor, you will likely find that a rental package will encompass everything you need to get started in your kayak, including paddle, helmet and spray skirt. In addition to sensible, fast-drying river clothes, you may want to invest in a splash top, which is a waterproof, breathable top. Consult your vendor for additional needs for your kayaking adventure.

Colorado kayaking is world renowned. By learning how to kayak in a safe setting with knowledgeable instructors, you will have the skills and know-how that you will need to have fun whatever your …

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Timberline Tours

Vail's Premier Whitewater Guides for 45 years
Dedication...Experience...Passion! Timberline brings it to the river every day to provide a Colorado experience you'll never forget!
Providing the ultimate in outdoor adventure since 1971. These world-class guides are on the cutting edge of river guiding around the globe. Families … Read More

Valley Wide in Vail Valley, CO (800) 831-1414
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Avon Kayak Park

Avon Whitewater Kayak Park

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Hurd Lane in Avon, CO (970) 748-4032
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Colorado River Guides

"Let our family take your family down the river."

The last of the mom & pops outfits, Colorado River Guides takes great pride in offering raft trips that keep the whole family laughing and smiling. … Read More

127 Trough Rd Wolcott, CO (970) 653-1001
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Colorado River Center

Raft and inflatable kayak rentals

Colorados only full-service rental and rafting facility. Enjoy a scenic, relaxing, fun-filled day on the beautiful Colorado River either in a raft, a … Read More

4199 Trough Road Wolcott, CO (888) 888-RAFT
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Alpine Quest Sports

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