Kayaking

Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking, through a progression of paddling skills and river reading exercises.

We offer both whitewater kayak and recreational kayak courses and trips. Our recreational kayak trips range from a quick one-hour paddle to a full six-to seven-hour day trip, to a multiple-day course, to hone your skills!

Cancellations:
You may cancel 45 or more days before your Sierra South trip date and receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee per person. Cancellations made 44 days or fewer before trip date are non-refundable. If you must cancel, please try to find a friend to take your space. All trips go rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to alter or cancel a trip/class due to high- or low-water conditions, other such uncontrollable situations, or insufficient reservations. Only in the case of canceled trips are trip fees refundable. Upon approval by our main office, refunds will be sent via mail. Refunds cannot be granted by guides, nor can refunds be given if you leave a trip or class early for any reason. Sierra South is not liable for other costs incurred in association with a canceled trip. We suggest trip insurance such as Travelguard.com to cover any unexpected situations.

Minimums:
Some of our trips require a minimum number of guests to operate. Most kayaking classes require a minimum of 4 students. We will attempt to contact you if the minimums have not been met for the activity that you have chosen prior to the trip date. Minimum numbers can be met through one or multiple reservations and can be met up to the day before the trip. You can call 800-457-2082 for up-to-date trip status.

No Unaccompanied Minors: Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

 

Water Levels Change:
Trips may be substituted or changed due to water level.

Responsibility & Liability:

All Sierra South trips and classes involve physical activity and include certain elements of risk. We make every effort to run trips and classes in the finest, most fun-filled manner as possible. However, we cannot guarantee your safety. It is your responsibility to evaluate your level of fitness and to select a trip or class which is appropriate for you. Seek medical advice before your trip if you question your physical condition. It is your responsibility to follow our instructions.

Everyone will be required to sign a release of liability/assumption of risk form and photography/video waiver form before departure. Minors under 18 must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian.

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Whitewater Kayaking 101

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

Exciting, dynamic, and rewarding, whitewater kayaking is the most challenging of all the various styles of kayaking available.

Whitewater Kayaking 101

Exciting, dynamic, and rewarding, whitewater kayaking is the most challenging of all the various styles of kayaking available.

Whitewater Kayaking 201

Advanced Beginner | Ages 14 & up

201 is for those who completed 101, or who can boat comfortably in Class II water & self-rescue, with working knowledge of the Eskimo roll.

Whitewater Kayaking 201

201 is for those who completed 101, or who can boat comfortably in Class II water & self-rescue, with working knowledge of the Eskimo roll.

Total Kayaking Immersion 5-Day

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

There is no better place to spend a week than on the river, enrolled in our comprehensive whitewater program.

Total Kayaking Immersion 5-Day

There is no better place to spend a week than on the river, enrolled in our comprehensive whitewater program.

Half Day Private Kayak Instruction

Beginner - Advanced | Ages 14 & up

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Half Day Private Kayak Instruction

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Full Day Private Kayak Instruction

Beginner - Advanced | Ages 14 & up

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Full Day Private Kayak Instruction

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Full Day

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

This class is designed for those who want a taste of whitewater kayaking and may not want to commit to our 2 or 3 day classes.

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Full Day

This class is designed for those who want a taste of whitewater kayaking and may not want to commit to our 2 or 3 day classes.

Intro to Lake Kayaking Half Day

Beginner. Ages 10 & up

A half day experience on Isabella Lake designed to help you learn basic skills and exciting aspects of lake kayaking.

Intro to Lake Kayaking Half Day

A half day experience on Isabella Lake designed to help you learn basic skills and exciting aspects of lake kayaking.

Dynamic Duo Tandem Whitewater Kayaking

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

Take the express track to Whitewater Kayaking thrills. This is like first-time tandem skydiving with an instructor, on water.

Dynamic Duo Tandem Whitewater Kayaking

Take the express track to Whitewater Kayaking thrills. This is like first-time tandem skydiving with an instructor, on water.

Down River Freestyle Kayaking Half Day

Intermediate | Ages 14 & up

Enjoy a fun 3-4 hours of downriver freestyle on the Kern River, as you learn new maneuvers and improve your technique.

Down River Freestyle Kayaking Half Day

Enjoy a fun 3-4 hours of downriver freestyle on the Kern River, as you learn new maneuvers and improve your technique.

Kayaking Lake/River Roll

Beginner | Ages 11 & up

We designed this course to help you develop the basic mechanical and mental skills to execute a bomb-proof roll every time!

Kayaking Lake/River Roll

We designed this course to help you develop the basic mechanical and mental skills to execute a bomb-proof roll every time!

Youth Kayaking 101/201

Beginner/Intermediate | Ages 11-16

This is a special kayaking 101/201 two-day class structured to appeal to the different learning styles of younger paddlers.

Youth Kayaking 101/201

This is a special kayaking 101/201 two-day class structured to appeal to the different learning styles of younger paddlers.

Class IV & V Upper Kern Kayaking Full Day

Advanced - Expert | Ages 16 & up

For those with experience, kayak the Class IV-V Sections of the Upper Kern with a professional instructor.

Class IV & V Upper Kern Kayaking Full Day

For those with experience, kayak the Class IV-V Sections of the Upper Kern with a professional instructor.

Forks of the Kern Kayaking Trip

Expert | Ages 16 & up

Sierra South offers elite kayakers the chance to join our Forks of the Kern rafting trips on a limited space available status.

Forks of the Kern Kayaking Trip

Sierra South offers elite kayakers the chance to join our Forks of the Kern rafting trips on a limited space available status.

Sierra South
Mountain Sports
Phone (800) 457-2082
Map Marker

11300 Kernville Road
Kernville, California 93238

Sierra South operates under permits issued by: Sequoia National Forest, Klamath National Forest, and the National Park Service/Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Sierra South is an equal opportunity recreation service provider.

Hours of Operation

Store: 9am – 5pm, Daily

Reservations: 9am – 5pm, Mon-Fri

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