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 improving paddling skills & enjoying the James River Park System.

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.

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.

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

Private Instruction – This is a great option for paddlers who have had prior experience, want to challenge a new section, or improve on specific skills.  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.

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Flatwater Kayaking

Trips Daily Noon - Sunset
  • 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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Kayak Polo League

Fridays 6:00 - 8:00 PM
It’s cold y’all! Stay in paddling shape and keep your skills sharp with kayak polo! RVA Paddlesports will be hosting our Kayak Polo League...
Learn and Play Kayak Polo for $10
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Kayak Roll Clinics

Fridays 5:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Learn the eskimo roll
  • Safe & comfortable environment
  • Hand rolls & offside tips
  • We teach both C to C & sweep rolls
$60 per class / Private Instruction - $45 per hr / $10 Open Pool
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King of the James Kayak Training Program

Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays Oct 16th - Nov 9th
King of the James is right around the corner and river levels are prime for even novice paddlers to learn the river and participate in the race!...
$35/Session :: $100/4 Sessions :: $200/All Sessions + Race Entry
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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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Youth Kayaking School

Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:15: Sundays 3:00 - 5:30
Youth kayaking at RVA Paddlesports is a fun way for younger paddlers to get continuous practice & coaching throughout the paddling season...
Packages from $240-$340 Individual sessions $50
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