Youth Kayaking 101/201

Beginner/Intermediate | Ages 11-16

Student (11-16)

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

Teen Whitewater Kayaking Class

This is a special two-day class just for teenagers. The classes are structured to appeal to the different learning styles of younger paddlers. We still teach the same basic paddling skills as in our regular two-day 101 classes or two-day 201 class. Let us help introduce the excitement of kayaking at an impressionable age. The first day is spent on the on the lake with an introduction to essential boating skills such as the wet-exit, self-rescue, partner-assisted rolls, and efficient stroke technique. We spend the afternoon on the lake developing more of the steering and balancing skills needed to do river maneuvers such as peel-outs, ferries, and eddy turns. These and other techniques are required to become a safe, efficient whitewater kayaker. The second day we will progress to the river to practice our new techniques on moving water. In the 201 class, We still teach the same more advanced paddling skills as in our regular two-day 201 classes. Let us help encourage the excitement of kayaking at an impressionable age. The majority of the 201 class is spent on the river, with an initial morning refresher on the lake. On the river, we start by refining basic paddle strokes, eddy turns, and ferry angles. Next, we introduce advanced strokes, surfing, and more challenging eddy turns & peel-outs, and whitewater navigation skills. Classes start at 8:30 am sharp and are usually over by 4:00 pm. Included is paddling equipment, lunch, and transportation once you get to Sierra South.

Schedule & Duration

  • Months of operation: March – September
  • Classes start at 8:30 a.m. sharp and are usually over by 4 p.m.
    • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your class
  • Two days (Six to seven hours per day)


  • Must be between 11 and 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

  • Included is paddling equipment, lunch, and transportation once you get to Sierra South
  • Upon completion of this kayaking class for teens, students receive a Certificate of Completion
  • 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 trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions

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 to cover any unexpected situations.

Some of our trips require a minimum number of guests to operate. The Youth Kayaking 101/201 requires a minimum of 4 guests.
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.

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.

No Unaccompanied Minors:

Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

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: Sunday-Thursday  9 am-5 pm
Friday-Saturday  9 am-6 pm

Reservations: Monday- Friday 9 am-5 pm

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