Youth Kayaking 201

Advanced Beginner | Ages 11-16

Student (11-16)

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

Whitewater Kayaking Course for Youth

This is a special two-day class just for teenagers. 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 and peel-outs, and whitewater navigation skills.

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 at 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 youth whitewater kayaking class, 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

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