Learn Whitewater Kayaking or Canoeing with Zoar Outdoor

Whitewater kayaking or canoeing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while choosing your level of adventure. Zoar Outdoor offers white water kayaking and canoeing lessons on the Deerfield River in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts to suit every level of paddler, from kayaking for beginners to advanced.

Our kayaking and canoeing instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and tailor every clinic to your needs. Whether you are interested in an introduction to the sport of kayaking or canoeing or taking your kayaking skills to the next level with a playboating, river rescue or other clinic, our kayak school has a course for you.

Learning to kayak is easy! You can start kayaking or canoeing at almost any age, and your progress is limited only by your adventurous spirit! Our instructional paddling programs are set up to offer a variety of ways to enter the sport and a number of paths to follow once you are a whitewater kayaker or canoeist:

For families who want to kayak together, we offer 2-day parent/child clinics that allows each family member to go at their own pace, while enjoying each other's company and support on the river. Kids are learning to kayak now at a faster rate and we offer specially designed to get kids excited about kayaking while teaching them the basics of safety and technique.

We also offer guided river runs for those with class II and above skills who want to gain experience on rivers or paddle a new river under the leadership of qualified instructors:

If you prefer individualized attention from your kayak or canoe instructor or have specialized needs, a custom clinic is for you.

For avid kayakers or canoeists and other industry professionals who wish to improve their skills:

Start a lifetime of river memories this season at Zoar Outdoor!

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