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Whitewater Kayaking 201

Advanced Beginner | Ages 14 & up

2-Day Student (14+)
3-Day Student (14+)

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.

Advanced Whitewater Kayaking Class

The majority of the class is spent on moving water, with a morning at the lake as a refresher. Our river time starts with refining basic paddle strokes, eddy turns, and ferry angles. We then introduce advanced strokes, surfing, and more difficult eddy turns and peel-outs.

If your 101 class did not include the third day, we recommend you take a Roll Class or repeat a 101 class before taking this class.

As in our 101 class, we offer an optional third day of instruction. All it takes is three enthusiastic paddlers that would rather get in an extra day on the Kern River, rather than endure the Monday morning commute. You can work on your roll, ferries, eddy-turns, and surf a wave or two!

Schedule & Duration

  • Two to three days; 6-7 hours per day
  • Months of operation: March – September
  • Class Arrival Time: 8:00 am
  • Class Departure Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • We suggest you arrive at the store 30-45 minutes prior to the class departure time. This will allow sufficient time to check-in and change into wetsuits if needed or required. Our classes must leave on schedule. Don’t miss the boat!


  • Must be at least 14 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

  • Upon completion of this whitewater kayaking class, students will receive a Certificate of Completion, plus a free kayak package rental and be eligible to rent a kayak in the future
  • Included: Paddling equipment, lunch, and transportation once you get to Sierra South
  • All 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 on
  • All of our kayaking trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions

Reservation Policies

Please see our Reservation Policies Page for details on our cancellation, guest responsibility and liability, accompaniment, minimums, and water levels policies.

Sierra South
Mountain Sports

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


Open 8 am-6 pm Monday-Sunday


 Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday

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