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.

Kern River Class IV and V Whitewater Kayaking Trip

Sierra South is proud to offer Class IV and V kayaking classes on the Upper Kern. Here is your chance to take the skills you have learned in the River Kayaking 101, River Kayaking 201, and Freestyle classes.

Under the watchful eye of your Sierra South instructor, tackle the challenges of running Class IV-V. These classes are offered according to availability around our rafting trips and water levels. Emphasis will be on Class IV-V river reading and river running skills. A reliable river roll, self-rescue, and portaging skills are needed to take advantage of this class.

Schedule & Duration

  • Months of operation: March – September
  • Available daily at 8:30 a.m.
    • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your class
    • Saturday starts will be very limited due to the high volume of rafting on this day. Call for more details on availability.
  • Six to seven hours


  • Prerequisites: River Kayaking 101, 201, and Freestyle classes or equivalent
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must weigh between 50 and 275 lbs.
  • Please wear shoes that will stay on your feet in the water, such as tennis shoes, water shoes, or sandals that have a heel strap. No flip-flops or bare-feet!

Additional Information

  • All Kern River kayaking classes require a minimum number of guests. If participant numbers are not met we will notify you and provide various options for your class to go
  • All of our trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions
  • Kayaks and paddling gear not included. Kayaks are available for rent on a first come basis.

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 not accompanied by their parents must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian.

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: 10am – 5pm, Mon-Fri

           10am – 4pm, Sat-Sun

Reservations: 10am – 2pm, Mon-Fri