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Idaho Kayaking School for Beginners and Intermediates

5 or 6 Days from $1084
Trip Highlights
  • Beginning & Intermediate Idaho kayaking instruction courses
  • Expert instruction from professional ACA certified kayak instructors
  • Learn the basics of whitewater kayaking, reading whitewater & river safety
  • Includes all necessary expedition gear and kayaks
  • Learn combat/eskimo roll, whitewater paddle strokes/braces and self-rescue techniques
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)
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The season runs July - August.


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Departure Dates
5 Days: July 21 Beginner – Lower Salmon, ID
6 Days: July 7 Intermediate – Main Salmon, ID

Meeting Place

Beginner Course: Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho
Intermediate Course: Holiday Inn Express – The Hunt Lodge in McCall, Idaho

Price

Beginning: $1084 to $1184
Intermediate: $1588 to $1688

Deposit: $250

Additional Costs:
$4/day USFS Recreation demo fee (6 day course only)
Single Supplement: $150 (4 day courses only)


River Rating Minimum Age
Class III16 Yrs
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Whitewater Kayak Schools

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Our kayaking schools are designed for everyone, from first-timers who have never been in a boat, to advanced paddlers looking to refine their skills. Our friendly, professional guides, our river expertise and our remarkable safety record is sure to make your whitewater kayaking experience with O.A.R.S. unforgettable. Allow the company that was twice named “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure magazine to guide you downstream.

O.A.R.S. offers three whitewater kayak schools on the Salmon River in Idaho:

  • Beginning Whitewater Kayak School on the Lower Salmon (5 days)
  • Intermediate Whitewater Kayak School on the Main Salmon (6 days)

All programs include:

  • Expert instruction from professional ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructors
  • Meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on the final day of your trip
  • Catered camping
  • Raft support and expeditions equipment including a kayak

We’ll provide challenge and excitement by day and good food and comfortable, catered camping at night. When you join an O.A.R.S. trip, you're benefiting from more than four decades of experience with an industry leader. Our professional guides and instructors have been recognized as some of the best in the industry. They all have whitewater rescue training and extensive kayaking and guiding experience.

These kayak schools are ideal for:

  • Anyone interested in learning the basics of whitewater kayaking, reading whitewater and river safety
  • Experienced kayakers who would like to improve their boating skills with raft support or those who would simply like to experience the Salmon River by kayak with raft support
  • Anyone who appreciates experiential learning
  • Adventurers seeking an active vacation experience on the beautiful Main or Lower Salmon river

Why sign up for a whitewater kayaking school with O.A.R.S.?

  • Outside magazine, National Geographic Traveler, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Condé Nast Traveler and Men’s Journal have all recognized O.A.R.S. as offering some of the "Best Trips" on the planet
  • O.A.R.S. has been guiding people on rivers and coastlines worldwide since 1969. From relaxing Class I floats to adrenaline-pumping Class V rivers throughout North and South America to the Class 10 rapids found in the Grand Canyon
  • More than 450,000 guests have trusted us to escort them on some of the most spectacular wilderness destinations worldwide
  • We keep our trips small, with 1 guide for every 4 guests (1:4) participants receive plenty of personal attention
  • Our certified kayak instructors teach techniques for reading whitewater, navigating rapids, and recognizing play spots
  • We use top-notch, well-maintained equipment
  • We are committed to treading lightly on the environment

One price includes:

  • Kayak instruction with skilled professional ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructors
  • Meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on the final day of your trip
  • High quality kayaks/spray skirt and expedition equipment including paddle, helmet, PFD (personal flotation device), 2-person shared tent, sleeping bag with liner, ground cloth, sleeping pad, pillow with pillowcase, paddle jacket, and dry bags
  • Raft support on the river
  • Transfers from the meeting place to the river and back

An example of course content taught in the the O.A.R.S. kayak schools:

  • Combat/eskimo roll, whitewater paddle strokes/braces, as well as proper swimming and self-rescue techniques
  • Introduction to the essential skills necessary to enjoy your next river experience including learning how to read whitewater and understand whitewater dynamics - holes, pillows, tongues, eddies, and pour-overs
  • Learn/practice play-boating techniques
  • Recognize and avoid river hazards using ferry angles, eddies, and other tricks of the trade

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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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