Sierra South Paddle Sports

Whitewater Kayaking Classes


Kayaking 101

River Kayaking 101

Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
2 Days - $310
3 Days - $420
Float Notes (PDF)

Exciting, dynamic and rewarding, whitewater kayaking is the most challenging of all the various styles of kayaking available. With this class, we've successfully created river kayakers for 26 years. Our proven teaching method takes you through a gradual progression that maximizes the fun. We've designed our beginning class for those who have never river kayaked before, or who have played around with kayaking some, but have not had formal instruction in the fundamentals of river kayaking. Take this class if you are a sea kayaker or surf kayaker paddling on the river for the first time.

The 101 class starts on the flatwater of Isabella Lake, where you will learn essential boating skills such as the wet-exit, self-rescue, partner-assisted rolls and efficient stroke technique. At the end of the morning session, we will break for a hearty lunch and preview the afternoon's challenges. 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.

You'll begin your second day with a review of the first day's progress and an introduction to river reading and more safety skills. We will progress to the river to practice our new techniques on moving water. After lunch, the two-day class graduates take an exciting run down a class II-III whitewater section of the Kern. Upon completion of this class, students will receive a free kayak package rental and be eligible to rent a kayak in the future. What are you waiting for? Come out and learn a great new way to play! Classes start at 8:30am. sharp and are usually over by 4pm. Included are paddling equipment, lunch & transportation once you get to Sierra South. Now you are ready for the next step, The Third Day or an AM Roll/PM Tune-up.

And On The Third Day...

"If I just had one more day!" . . . We've heard our students say this time and again. A third day is often just what the River Gods ordered to make it all come together. Graduates of our three-day courses have described the third day as more valuable than the first two combined. Why? Everything seems to come together and just click. You'll get a dedicated introduction to the Eskimo roll, more river experience and extra time to practice new skills. And besides, it's a great way to spend a Monday! We understand that some people enjoy Monday morning traffic, so the third day is optional. All we need is at least three individuals from the class to sign up, and the third day is a go. Talk your classmates into blowing off work, and invest in a great sport. We'll write you a note.

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Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
1 Day - $155
Float Notes (PDF)

The Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking classis designed for those who want a taste of whitewater kayaking and may not want to commit to our 2 or 3 day classes. Instructors will help you learn some of the basic skills while introducing you to the exciting aspects of this sport. Instructor's will select the best boats for you, and gear, and then start you out on flat water to build better boat control. Lunch is included. Minimum number is 4 students.

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Total Kayaking Immersion

Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
5 Days - $699
Float Notes (PDF)

There is no better place to spend a week than on the river, enrolled in our comprehensive whitewater program. Five days allow a complete immersion in the sport of whitewater kayaking. We will guide you through a gradual progression with plenty of time to practice and master skills before moving on to new challenges every day. The personal growth from such an in-depth commitment to this sport will last a lifetime. Graduates of this class will develop the skills and judgment needed to practice on their own and become independent kayakers. Most will suffer a total addiction to kayaking.

Included are paddling equipment, lunch & transportation once you get to Sierra South. Classes start at 8:30am. sharp and are usually over by 4pm.

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Kayaking 201

River Kayaking 201

Advanced Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
2 Days - $310
3 Days - $420
Float Notes (PDF)

A 201 is for those who have successfully completed a 101 class, or can boat comfortably in Class II water, competently self-rescue, and have a working knowledge of the Eskimo roll. 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 a third day, we recommend you take a 101 AM Lake Roll/PM Tune-Up, or repeat a 101 class before taking this class. Classes start at 8:30am. sharp and are usually over by 4pm. Included are paddling equipment, lunch & transportation once you get to Sierra South. If you need advice, please give us a call.

And On The Third Day...

"If I just had one more day!" . . . We've heard our students say this time and again. A third day is often just what the River Gods ordered to make it all come together. Graduates of our three-day courses have described the third day as more valuable than the first two combined. Why? Everything seems to come together and just click. You'll get a dedicated attention to your Eskimo roll, more river experience and extra time to practice new skills. And besides, it's a great way to spend a Monday! We understand that some people enjoy Monday morning traffic, so the third day is optional. All we need is at least three individuals from the class to sign up, and the third day is a go. Talk your classmates into blowing off work, and invest in a great sport. We'll write you a note.

Book 2-Day Now - Book 3-Day Now

or Call 1-800-457-2082 to Book Your Trip

 

Private Kayaking Instruction

1 person Full-day: $290/person   Half-day: $190/person
2 people Full-day: $250/person   Half-day: $170/person
3 people Full-day: $230/person   Half-day: $160/person
4 people Full-day: $220/person   Half-day: $150/person
Float Notes (PDF)

For anyone who wants a customized session of instruction or more than our group lessons offer. Nothing improves your skills faster than one-on-one instruction with our experienced staff. Your instructor will review your goals and structure your day around meeting them. That can mean anything from private instruction to a guided excursion. Prices include private group instruction for 1- 4 people. Included are paddling equipment, wetsuit package, lunch & transportation once you get to Sierra South. Call the reservation office for more information on our private instruction. Private group sizes are from 1 to 4 people. Group discount will be automatically applied on checkout.

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Women's 101 & 201

Women's Kayaking 101 & 201

Beginner-Adv. Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
101 2 Days - $310
201 2 Days - $310
Float Notes (PDF)

This is a women's-only class taught by our best women instructors. We cover the same material as our regular 101 or 201 classes, but tailor it to the needs of the group. This is a great opportunity for women to enjoy kayaking without the concern or competition that sometimes comes along when taking a class with a spouse or boyfriend. This is also a great way to network with future paddling partners Classes start at 8:30am sharp and are usually over by 4:00 p.m. Included is paddling equipment, lunch & transportation once you get to Sierra South.

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Never Too Old To... 101

Beginner
Minimum Age "How old do you feel?"
2 Days - $310
Float Notes (PDF)

This class is taught at a more laid-back pace than the regular 101 class. Kayaking calls on muscles to move in new and different ways, and tends to push your flexibility. If you have the enthusiasm but it's been a while since you worked out the cobwebs, this is the class for you. Classes start at 8:30am. sharp and are usually over by 4pm. Included are paddling equipment, lunch & transportation once you get to Sierra South. Some discounts may apply…please ask.

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Youth Kayaking 101

Beginner - Ages 11 to 16 yrs.
3 Days - $290
Float Notes (PDF)

This is a special three-day class just for teenagers. It is structured to appeal to the different learning styles of young adults. We still teach the same basic paddling skills as in our regular three day 101 class. Let us help introduce the excitement of kayaking at an impressionable age. Classes start at 8:30am sharp and are usually over by 4:00 p.m. Included is paddling equipment, lunch & transportation once you get to Sierra South.

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101 & 201 Whitewater Kayaking Tune-Ups

Beginner-Adv. Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
101 Half-Day - $119
201 Half-Day - $119
Float Notes (PDF)

There is no doubt about it. To excel in river kayaking requires instruction. A tune-up is a fantastic way to go paddle in the afternoon with an instructor and keep moving up the learning curve. Spend a single run fine-tuning the skills you've learned so far, as well as trying new challenges. Take this chance to try some tighter lines or tougher moves. You'll have a solid partner to show you the way, and back you up if you need a hand. Gear and river shuttles are included. No lunch is provided. Class starts at 1:30pm. Prerequisite: A 101 or 201 class or equivalent.

Book 101 Half-Day - Book 201 Half-Day

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101 & 201 AM Roll / PM Kayaking Tune-up

Beginner-Adv. Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
101 1 Day - $180
201 1 Day - $180
Float Notes (PDF)

How does more river time under the watchful eye of an instructor sound? How reliable is your roll? We've designed a course combining a rolling session in the morning with a river run in the afternoon for a great one-day continuing ed/refresher course. The morning will be dedicated to learning and refining the Eskimo roll in the calm waters of Isabella Lake, or on the river, depending on the class level. In the afternoon, we will do a river run on the Kern while your instructor reviews basic skills and offers new challenges. Paddling gear, river shuttles, and lunch are included. This is not for first-timers. Class starts at 9am. Prerequisite: A 101 or 201 class or equivalent.

Book 101 1-Day - Book 201 1-Day

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Play!

Freestyle Kayaking Class

Intermediate - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
1 Day - $180
1/2 Day (AM)- $119
Float Notes (PDF)

Glide across the eddy line, back pry, and drive the stern down into the water: BANG, you’re looking at sky and pinging the redline on the fun meter. Welcome to the world of freestyle playboating. New boat designs make complex moves easy. Use the hot new boat of your choice to learn maneuvers, such as squirts, flat spins, bow stalls, cartwheels, and wave wheels. Plan on rolling a lot! Nose plugs are recommended and can be purchased at the store After paddling with some of the best freestyle playboaters on the Kern, you’ll be trying things in class III water you never dreamed possible. Classes start at 8:30am. Included are paddling equipment, lunch for full days & transportation once you get to Sierra South.

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Boaters Rescue Course

Boaters Rescue Course

Advanced Beginner - Minimum Age 16 yrs.
2 Days - $305

Date: TBD. This two-day comprehensive course is designed for Class II and above kayakers, rafters, canoeists, and open-toppers that want to learn specifics of river rescue. The class starts indoors; however, most of our time will be spent “hands-on” in Riverside Park learning many first responder techniques, such as how to set up zip lines, effective throwbag use, knot-tying practice, real-life rescue management, Z-Drags and more. The course includes lunches, Saturday night dinner, videos, and use of major rescue gear. Some gear is required. Space is limited. Please call for more details.

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Whitewater Kayak Roll Classes

Lake Roll Class

Beginner - Minimum Age 11 yrs.
3 Hours - $90

We designed this course to help you develop the basic mechanical and mental skills to execute a bomb-proof roll every time! If you've never rolled before or can't execute your lake roll with more than a 50% success ratio, you should take this class. This is also the course to take if you are working on your off-side roll. We will start with a great instructional video describing and showing the mechanics of rolling in slow motion. Afterwards, we will head to Isabella Lake for hands-on practice. Maximum group size is no more than 4 per instructor. Included are paddling equipment and transportation once you get to Sierra South. Lunch is not provided. Classes start at 9am.

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River Roll Class

Beginner - Minimum Age 11 yrs.
3 Hours - $90

If you have a decent lake roll but seem to come apart on the river, this class is for you. We will use the same format as the Lake Roll Class but move immediately to the river after the instructional video. There, your watchful instructor will critique your technique. Many times, with a minor adjustment, you will be able to improve your roll and understand what to do to make it bomb-proof! Our maximum group size is 4 per instructor. Included are paddling equipment and transportation once you get to Sierra South. Classes start at 9am.

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101 & 201 AM Roll / PM Kayaking Tune-up

Beginner - Minimum Age 14 yrs.
101 1 Day - $180
201 1 Day - $180

How does more river time under the watchful eye of an instructor sound? How reliable is your roll? We've designed a course combining a rolling session in the morning with a river run in the afternoon for a great one-day continuing ed/refresher course. The morning will be dedicated to learning and refining the Eskimo roll in the calm waters of Isabella Lake, or on the river, depending on the class level. In the afternoon, we will do a river run on the Kern while your instructor reviews basic skills and offers new challenges. Paddling gear, river shuttles, and lunch are included. This is not for first-timers. Class starts at 9am. Prerequisite: A 101 or 201 class or equivalent.

Book 101 1-Day - Book 201 1-Day

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Dynamic Duo Tandem River Kayaking


Dynamic Duo Tandem River Kayaking

Dynamic Duo Tandem River Kayaking

Minimum Age: 14Yrs.
Price: $59.99 -
Trip Length: 1 hr.
Dynamic Duo Float Notes (PDF)

Want the express track to enjoying the thrill of Whitewater Kayaking? Think of this as the equivalent of first-time tandem skydiving with an instructor; only on water. You get to feel the rush of paddling in the front of a two-person whitewater kayak with a skilled instructor at the controls in the back of the boat. We will help paddle you down the Lickety Split class 2-3 section of the Kern River for the sheer fun and excitement of the sport. You need no previous experience. Your guide will give you all the instruction you need as the two of you together will maneuver through the fun rapids of the Kern for an hour’s worth of pure whitewater pleasure. This is also a great trip to experience with a friend, spouse, or significant other in another Dynamic Duo with an instructor. It is a gas to watch them go through a rapid at the same time! If you simply want to experience the rush of kayaking before putting in the time and effort in acquiring the skills, this is the fast track, quickie way to go. Weight and age limits apply.

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Touring/Recreational Kayaking Classes


Isabella Lake

Isabella Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Southern California. Our mild high-desert climate gives us great paddling opportunities 12 months a year. We offer affordable, fun classes in the basics of lake paddling for everyone. These classes are easy, affordable, and relaxing.

The boats we use are one and two-person sit-on-tops which have open cockpits. That's cool because you do not have to waste time learning how to do an Eskimo roll. Sit-on-top touring kayaks are very stable, easy to paddle, and move through the water with much less effort than a whitewater kayak.


Lake Paddling

Intro To Lake Kayaking

Beginner - Minimum Age 10 yrs.
2 Hours- $59
Lake Kayaking Float Notes (PDF)

This is a fun class in which the entire family can begin learning how to paddle a kayak on the calm waters of Lake Isabella. This session will answer many of your beginning kayaking questions and give you the opportunity to try both single or double kayaks of the sit-in or sit-on-top varieties. Enjoy the tranquility of this natural setting while your guide shows you how to captain these nimble and stable boats. This is a great way to recreate. You'll find opportunities to go kayaking all over the country, probably where you vacation, too. This class will give you the skills to enjoy kayaking under similar conditions, wherever you find them. Participation also allows you to rent recreation/sport kayaks in the future. Includes all boating gear and transportation once you get to Sierra South. Trip starts at 8:30am. and finishes back at the store around noon. This includes all loading and unloading, actual time on the water, and travel time. For more information download our Lake Kayaking Float Notes.

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Custom Group Programs

Our custom programs have earned us a great reputation with many different groups. We have a variety of outdoor activities to tailor a half-day or week long program to suit your needs. We have worked with Girl & Boy Scouts, YMCA parent/child programs, youth groups, churches, public and private schools, colleges and universities, large companies, special interest groups and many others. Let us package a program together for you that could include: rafting, kayaking, hiking, lake touring, climbing, camping, canoeing, backpacking, team building, natural sciences and more. Call us today with your ideas and let us design a program for you. Call 800-457-2082 for more information.

 

Adventure Race Certification

1-2 Days - Call 800-457-2082 for more information.

River rescue, paddling skills, rapid scouting, river crossings, these are just a few of the skills we can teach your team to meet certification requirements and give you an edge on the competition. Get in some good training, test your gear and get great advice from the river experts. Race requirements are often different so we treat each session as a customized program to meet your needs. Bring all of your toys, Kernville is surrounded by challenging terrain for all aspects of adventure racing.

 

Youth Groups & Birthday Rafting/Pizza Parties[Inflatable Kayak]

These programs can work for a variety of youth groups. For the younger, primary school-aged, we offer the Lickety-Split as a great introduction to whitewater and the out-of-doors. For teen-aged youth, we can increase the challenges with inflatable kayaking, whitewater or lake kayaking. Climbing and hiking work well in a comprehensive multi-day program offered in the High Country above Kernville. Be unique and give a rafting/pizza birthday party for your son or daughter! Call 800-457-2082 for more information.

 

Company Trips

Give your company a great morale boost and get together in an unusual setting for some great fun and team building. Take-off for the day or afternoon and get back in a reasonable time after one of our Lickety-Blaster, Half-DAY IK trips, or Full-Day Combos. Please call us at 800-457-2082 and ask for more information.

 

Public and Private Schools

Try a three- to seven-day outdoor course with your classroom or classmates. We can accommodate more than 80 students in a multitude of programs. Programs are challenging and fun. We do not run a survival school. We want to introduce the out-of-doors to students in a positive and enjoyable way, teaching them the skills necessary to enjoy the natural world for the rest of their lives with confidence and wide-eyed wonderment. We conduct these trips on the Kern River, in the surrounding Sequoia National Forest, and on a 60-mile wilderness flatwater canoe trip on the Green River in Utah. We would like to tailor a program to fit your school's needs. Please call us at 800-457-2082 and ask for more information.

 

Whitewater Rafting

From 1-hour Class II-III Lickety-Splits to 3-day Class IV-V whitewater adventures, we have great rafting on the Wild & Scenic Kern. Many trips run daily, with walk-ins always welcome. If you would like more information about our extensive Whitewater Rafting Program, call us at 800-457-2082.

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