Urban Whitewater to Remote Destinationskayak instruction

The James River in Richmond, Virginia offers class I-IV whitewater within minutes of the downtown district. This unique setting offers an accessible resource for those hoping to hone their paddling skills, no matter what their level of experience.

Progress your Paddling

Our courses offer paddlers the opportunity to progress through skills and reinforce fundamentals in kayak instruction that should help them to have a safe and enjoyable time on the river.  Below you will find courses and clinics available to paddlers no matter their skill.

Half Day Intro to Kayaking – Learn the basics of paddling a whitewater kayak and enjoy the scenic Upper James River

Two Day Intro to Kayaking – Great for those that want to pursue whitewater kayaking as a sport.  The second day offers a great reinforcement of fundamentals and new challenges.

Flatwater Sessions & Roll Clinics – Weekly river clinics in the summer and monthly pools sessions are a great way to work on skills or  recommend a roll clinic after you have spent some time in a boat.  This can be a tough skill to learn, but very rewarding and opens the doors to paddling harder whitewater.

Surfing, Ferries, & Attainments – This course is for paddlers wanting drill skills in the low consequence environment of Class I/II that will prepare them for the Class III+ Lower James.

Lower James Session – Learn the lines and safe navigation of the Lower James.  The river level is always changing and new challenges await.

ACA Swiftwater Rescue – Learn skills to keep yourself and your group safe on the water.

Private Instruction – Get the most out of your time on the water and learn/improve the skills you need to progress to the next level.  We’ll also accompany you or your group down a new river outside of RVA.  Ask us about skills workshops in other disciplines such as canoeing, sea kayaking, & SUP.

As always you can call us at +1 804 898 0697 or e-mail us at rvapaddlesports@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to book a clinic.

Flatwater Kayaking

  • Strokes & Safety Overview
  • Calm water
  • Scenic views with abundant Wildlife
  • Knowledgable staff
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Half Day Intro to Kayaking

Available Daily
  • Equipments & Safety Overview
  • Scenic paddling on the Upper James
  • Certified ACA Instructors
  • Fun & Exciting way to experience Richmond
$98 or $360 for a 4-person package.
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James River Women Kayak Clinics

Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM
Join fellow James River Women on the river for a ladies only clinic and learn the basics of whitewater kayaking.  Attend a single Saturday...
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Kayak Roll Clinics

November 20th: 6:30-8:30 December 5th & January 9th 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Learn the eskimo roll
  • Safe & comfortable environment
  • Hand rolls & offside tips
  • We teach both C to C & sweep rolls
$60 per class / $150 for 3 / Private Instruction - $40 per hr / Open Pool - $20
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Lower James Play Days

Mondays 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Surfing tips
  • Strokes Clinics
  • Rescue Practice
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Two Day Intro to Kayaking

9:00 am ~ 1:00 pm each day
  • Kayaking Fundamentals
  • Roll Clinic
  • Challenge yourself to run an 18 foot waterfall!
  • Surfing & Playing
$185 *2 person minimum
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Whitewater Kayak ACA Instructor Certification

May 5-7 & June 4-5
Who: Kayakers should be at minimum solid Class III paddlers who are interested in learning how to become instructors. Participants will have to...
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Youth Kayaking Program

Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:15
New or experienced paddlers are welcome to join as we train and play weekly on the James River.  Participants refine their skills while paddling...
Packages from $220-$340 Individual sessions $50
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