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Enjoy rafting on the  Lower James River Rafting under the city skyline.  With the James River Park lining both banks of the river most of the way, escape the bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the natural playground of the river.

We whitewater safetywill meet you at Stone Brewing before shuttling up to our put-in point about 4 miles up river.  You will get outfitted with helmets, pfds, & paddles before receiving a safety briefing from the Trip Leader.  We will tackle the class III rapids of Hollywood, Fish Ladders, & Pipeline.  Halfway down the we will stop on a deserted island in the middle of the James to relax with some fresh fruit and snacks*.  After the trip we will bring you back to Stone where you can get dry and enjoy a hard earned refreshment.

Goatocado & Stone Brewing

Time: Daily @9:00, 2:00, & 6:00 PM sunset trips also available.

Location:  Great Shiplock Park

What to bring:  Towels, Change of Clothes camera, river footwear

We  provide:  Raft, Safety Equipment, Shuttle, Guides, Snacks

Cost:  $60 a person

 

*Please let us know on your reservation of any medical conditions or allergies.

For more details and to make your booking e-mail us at rvapaddlesports@gmail.com or give us a call at 804-898-0697

All classes require pre-registration due to limited space, but don’t hesitate to try and call in the day of.

Cancellation Policy and Weather Contingency Plan

Changes to your booking between 48 hours and 24 hours will incur a $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee. Cancelling within 24 hours, patrons will be responsible for the full cost of the trip but are free to transfer to another date for a $50 fee.

 As you may already know, the weather in Virginia can be unpredictable but it also tends to be short-lived, so we don’t often cancel for rain. Our guides and management are trained to do their job in many different kinds of weather conditions. We will always make a decision in the best interest of the participants and our staff. So, unless we anticipate extended severe weather, plan to enjoy some quality time on the water! If we cancel a trip due to weather, we will notify you and provide the option of a full refund or booking a different date at no cost. For customer concerns, due to weather, please see our cancellation policy.

Learn the sport of rock climbing outdoors from certified instructors at the scenic Manchester Climbing Wall in the James River Park in Richmond, Virginia with RVA Climbs.

This package is for those new to rock climbing or novice climbers who want a guided experience on the wall.  We provide all equipment, snacks, water, & a 1:5 guide ratio for our clients.  Learn the equipment, tying in, belaying, and other basics of outdoor rock climbing.  Guides will coach you through the moves and teach techniques so you may reach the top of your climb.

Who: We invite climbers of all ages and skill levels to learn with us!

What: Learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing and belaying in a safe and controlled setting

When: We run trips daily both morning and afternoon!  Schedule by calling 804 – 898 – 0697 or by email at rvaclimbs@gmail.com

Where: We meet groups at the Manchester Climbing Wall Parking before taking a short hike down to the rock climbing area.

We Provide: Certified climbing instructors, shoes, harness, helmets, other climbing equipment, snacks, water, & a fun time!

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing, sunscreen, camera, & good vibes!

Duration:  The intro course lasts for 3 hrs which includes a short hike to the wall and safety briefing.

Cost: $60 a person

Contact: Email rvaclimbs@gmail.com or call 804-726-0920 with any questions

RVA Paddlesports will be hosting a raft guide training for candidates interested in summer employment as a river guide.  Trainees should be open to working outside in a challenging and unique environment requiring both solid physical and interpersonal skills. Raft guide training is often the first step for people who end up enjoying a life long passion of whitewater.

Raft Guide Training

Pinned Boat – Jordelselve

Skills & Topics Covered

Hydrology
River Hazards
Aggressive & Defensive Swimming
Basic Knots
Throw Bag Rescues
Strokes & Commands
Rapid Navigation
Raft Rigging
Raft & Gear Care

Dates:

March 10,11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 April 1

March 24 & 25 L4 ACA Swiftwater Rescue Course

All training sessions are mandatory.

Hiring

Applicants should be in strong physical condition able to swim aggressively for 50 yards and lift 50 lbs in moving rafts and equipment.

To apply please fill out the guide Guide_Training_Application or send a resume/cover letter to rvapaddlesports@gmail.com.  Applications are due by February 10th.

We will be contacting potential candidates for an interview and selecting our training team by mid February.

Cost: $100 for selected trainees – Covers SWR course, all gear use, and shuttles during and post training for potential guides.

Enjoy rafting on the  Lower James River Rafting under the city skyline.  With the James River Park lining both banks of the river most of the way, escape the bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the natural playground of the river.

We whitewater safetywill meet you at Stone Brewing before shuttling up to our put-in point about 4 miles up river.  You will get outfitted with helmets, pfds, & paddles before receiving a safety briefing from the Trip Leader.  We will tackle the class III rapids of Hollywood, Fish Ladders, & Pipeline.  Halfway down the we will stop on a deserted island in the middle of the James to relax with some fresh fruit and snacks*.  After the trip we will bring you back to Stone where you can get dry and enjoy a hard earned refreshment.

Goatocado & Stone Brewing

Time: Daily @9:00 & 2:30 with 6:00 PM sunset trips also available during summer.

Location:  Stone Brewing

What to bring:  Towels, Change of Clothes camera, river footwear

We  provide:  Raft, Safety Equipment, Shuttle, Guides, Snacks

Cost:  $60 a person

 

*Please let us know on your reservation of any medical conditions or allergies.

For more details and to make your booking e-mail us at rvapaddlesports@gmail.com or give us a call at 804-898-0697

All classes require pre-registration due to limited space, but don’t hesitate to try and call in the day of.

Cancellation Policy and Weather Contingency Plan

Customers are responsible for the full cost of their booking within 5 days of a scheduled trip.

 We will go on the river rain or shine. In the event of severe weather we will wait out the storms or plan the trip accordingly to keep the clients safe. No refunds will be issued for clients canceling due to weather. If RVA Paddlesports cancels a trip for any reason a full refund will be issued at no penalty

The quieter stretches between Pony Pasture and Reedy Creek can be enjoyed by all people regardless of their ability, age or condition. For those who are not rowers, we can provide a rower so you can relax and enjoy the quiet views of the James River Park.

If you are not looking for the thrill of the rapids, but still want to experience the James Falls, then the Upper James Rafting is a great option.

Time: every day, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Reedy Creek Canoe Access

What to bring: Towels, camera for change of clothes, shoes for the river

 We offer: Raft, Safety equipment, transport, Guides, Snacks

 Cost: $ 60 per person

 * Please let us know in your reservation of any medical condition or allergies.

For more information or to book the Upper James River Rafting, send us an email to rvapaddlesports@gmail.com or call us at +1.804.898.0697.

 

Cancellation Policy and Weather Contingency Plan

Customers are responsible for the full cost of their booking within 5 days of a scheduled trip.

We will go on the river rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather we will wait out the storms or plan the trip accordingly to keep the clients safe.  No refunds will be issued for clients canceling due to weather.  If RVA Paddlesports cancels a trip for any reason a full refund will be issued at no penalty

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Fireworks on the James

Don’t miss your chance for the best view in RVA of the Fireworks on the James the 4th of July.  We will be rafting with us to a secluded island on the James River and watching the big show while roasting hotdogs and marshmallows on a fire.

We will meet you at Forest Hill Park at 6:00 before shuttling up to our put-in point about 3 miles up river.  From there you will embark on an expedition style* trip with personal gear, blankets and food packed in dry-bags on the raft.  About half way down the stretch of river we will stop on a deserted island in the middle of the James.  Relax on a sandy beach, in the river soaking, or on warm bedrock next to a fire.  In addition to fresh fruit, hot dogs, & s’mores, we will be serving both vegetarian and chicken options from local restaurant Goatocado.

The main event comes shortly after dark with fireworks reflecting off the river as you snuggle up with loved ones and take in the moment.  Once the smoke settles we will paddle a short distance under the moon’s glow to our takeout point.

Time: Wednesday July 4th 6:00 – 10:00

Location:  Forest Hill Park

What to bring:  Swimwear, footwear, towels, medications, smiles

We  provide:  Raft, Shuttle, Guides, Dinner, Juice, Water, & Toilets

Cost:  $109 a person, 2 for $199

Weather:  

We will continue with the trip as long as the Fireworks at Dogwood Dell are still scheduled.  If that show is postponed we will hold the trip on the following evening.  Those who can not make the postponed date will be issued a refund

Additional Information:

For more details and to make your booking for Fireworks on the James e-mail us at rvapaddlesports@gmail.com or give us a call at +1.804.898.0697  

If anyone in your group has any medical conditions or requires accommodation please let us know and we will do our best to meet their needs.

*The trip is run using Leave No Trace practices packing out all fire ashes, trash, and other waste.

Cancellation Policy and Weather Contingency Plan

Customers are responsible for the full cost of this event upon booking.

 We will go on the river rain or shine.  In the event of sever weather we will wait out the storms or plan the trip accordingly to keep the clients safe.  No refunds will be issued for clients canceling due to weather.  If RVA Paddlesports cancels a trip for any reason a full refund will be issued at no penalty

 

Raft the entire Falls of the James River from Huguenot Flatwater to 14th Street and enjoy a wholesome lunch on the river half way down.  We will spend about 3.5 hours on the water and have plenty of time for relaxing and soaking in the scenery.

We whitewater safetywill meet you at Stone Brewing before shuttling up to our put-in point about 8 miles up river.  You will get outfitted with helmets, pfds, & paddles before receiving a safety briefing from the Trip Leader.  Starting at Huguenot, we will paddle the Class I/II Upper James including Pony Pasture, Choo Choo, & Mitchell’s Gut.  After lunch we will then tackle the class III rapids of Hollywood, Fish Ladders, & Pipeline.   After the trip, we will bring you back to Stone where you can dry off and enjoy a hard earned refreshment.

Time: Trips are at 8:30 AM from Stone Brewing

Location:  Stone Brewing

What to bring:  Towels, Change of Clothes, Camera, River Footwear

We  provide:  Raft, Safety Equipment, Shuttle, Guides, Lunch.

Cost:  $79 a person including lunch.

Requirements:  Falls of the James Trips must be booked at least 7 days in advance and have a minimum group size of 6 people.

*Please let us know on your reservation of any medical conditions or allergies.

Lunch Options:

We serve tortilla wraps with an array of fresh veggies, hummus, cheese, & cold cuts.  Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies when you book.

 

For more details and to make your booking e-mail us at rvapaddlesports@gmail.com or give us a call at  +1-804-898-0697

Join fellow James River Women on the river for a ladies only clinic and learn the basics of whitewater kayaking.  Attend a single Saturday session or two after work Tuesday evening sessions.

Beginner Clinic

Who:  Ladies who are new to paddling or beginners/intermediates looking to refine skills in a fun and comfortable environment.

What:  Learn the basic skills of whitewater kayaking from our certified instructors.  Both options will start with a flatwater session allowing participants to become familiar with the equipment, strokes, & boat control before tackling any rapids.  Ladies in the Saturday session will continue downstream and paddle the rapids of the Upper James from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek.  Those participating in the Tuesday sessions will paddle their first session at Tredegar Flatwater near Brown’s Island and return the following Tuesday for a trip down the Upper James.

Topics:
Wet Exits
Forward & Turning Strokes
Hydrology
Eddies & Ferrying
Bracing
Basic Rapid running

When:  Tuesday Evenings at 6:00 PM

James River Women

James River Women are Strong!

Locations:

Tuesdays – Reedy Creek Access @ 4001 Riverside Dr.

 

Cost: $120 for 2 Tuesday sessions

Email us at rvapaddlesports@gmail.com or call +1-804-898-0697 to reserve your spot or with any questions

Tuesday Evening Sessions

Enjoy scenic stretches of the James River while learning solid stroke fundamentals and exploring Richmond’s history.  Flatwater kayaking can be a great way for a group of friends or family to enjoy the James River and its refreshing views.

Who: Anybody new to paddling or those wanting a relaxing calm day on the water.

What: Enjoy a two hour guided flat water paddle on the James River.  See waterfowl, songbirds, & other wildlife far from the bustle of the city

Where: We typically meet at Deep Bottom Park  and paddle the Four Mile Creek section at that launch site.  If you would like to schedule a different location we have other options also within 20 minutes of downtown.

When: Course duration is 2 hours. Early mornings, evening and weekend options are available. Call or email to schedule your group outside the 3:00 PM or 5:30 PM Book Now options.

What to Bring: We provide boats, paddles, pfds, water , & guides.  Participants should bring swimwear, sunscreen, & water bottle.

Cost: $60 a person.

Cancellation Policy and Weather Contingency Plan

Customers are responsible for the full cost of their booking within 5 days of a scheduled trip.

 We will go on the river rain or shine.  In the event of sever weather we will wait out the storms or plan the trip accordingly to keep the clients safe.  No refunds will be issued for clients canceling due to weather.  If RVA Paddlesports cancels a trip for any reason a full refund will be issued at no penalty

Group communication, river safety, & emergency management are important elements t0 becoming a safe and well rounded paddler.  Take our 2-day ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue (SWR) training to learn everyday safety skills as well as how to handle rescue situations effectively.

The course will be taught as a successive building of skills. The first day will focus on basic swiftwater rescue techniques.  Day two will included more technical rope systems, live bait rescues, rescue scenarios.

Day one Level 3 topics:

Chain of command
River Signals
Wading Techniques
Throw Bags
First Aid
Knots
Aggressive swimming techniques

Day two Level 4 topics:

Foot Entrapments
Knots
Z-drag & mechanical systems
Rope Rescues
Paddling Rescues
Live Bait Rescues

Who: Rafters, paddlers, or just river lovers that are capable of swimming in moderate current.

Where: The course will be held on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.  Specific course venues will be determined by the water levels.  We will send you our meeting location the week of the course.

When: April 1st & April 2nd

Brief scenarios will be conducted on both days with a final more complex rescue scenario occurring at the end of day two.  Swiftwater rescue courses are a fun way to learn how you can further enjoy the river and be safe with friends.

Cost: $180

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