Enjoy scenic, flatwater stretches of the James River while learning solid stroke fundamentals and exploring Richmond’s history with a group of friends or family by kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).
Experience Nature in your Backyard!
RVA Paddlesports aims to engage Richmond’s community with the biggest asset of our backyard: the James River!
We offer canoeing and flatwater kayaking, whitewater paddling instruction and guided tours, as well as raft guide training and other programs geared to get our community outside. This summer RVAPS is excited to take all of our existing programs and cater them to the next generation of paddlers.
Participants will join Wilderness First Responder and Sierra Rescue certified staff on an adventure on the James. Over the course of the week, participants will explore the James River Park system, and navigate the rapids of the Falls of the James. Participants will be aided by staff in expert paddle instruction, knowledge on river ecology, and the development of river safety skills.
Here are a few activities to expect:
- Flatwater Kayaking
- Inflatable Kayaking
Participants will have opportunities to practice and develop real life skills and receive certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR from our Sierra Rescue certified instructors.
Click here to learn more about Sierra Rescue and what these certifications offer:
Adventure awaits this summer on the James. No experience necessary, stoke level mandatory.
Towels, change of clothes, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, river footwear, sunscreen, water bottle, mask/PPE
Boats, paddles, helmets, PFDs, safety equipment, shuttle, guides, photographers. Lunch will be provided each day!