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Learn Canoeing or White Water Kayaking in Massachusetts with Zoar Outdoor

Paddlesports are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while choosing your level of adventure. Zoar Outdoor offers canoeing and white water kayaking lessons on the Deerfield River in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts to suit every level of paddler, from beginner to advanced. We are conveniently located 30 minutes north of Williamsburg and 45 minutes from Northampton.

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 you’re taking your paddling skills to the next level with playboating, river rescue, or another clinic, our paddlesports school has a course for you.

Start a lifetime of river memories by kayaking in Massachusetts this season with Zoar Outdoor!

Five-Star Reviews for New England's Top Whitewater Clinics

Awesome Day on the Dryway Rafting Trip

I highly recommend this trip iff you are a local or visiting the area raft with Zoar! It was just over a 2hr drive for us to get there, and it's great to have a way to enjoy rafting as a day trip. The staff are friendly, helpful, funny, and made the whole day fun. Good rapids and some nice big hits.

– Kimberly N., TripAdvisor

What a fantastic experience! Cora was amazing. It is truly a bucket list checkoff that's a must, even if you have no will learn everything you need to know from these amazing guides. Great employees are hard to find, but every single one couldn't stop saying how much they not only love their job but they loved working for Zoar.

– Amanda B., TripAdvisor
Great Whitewater Canoeing Instruction

My wife and I took a white water canoeing lesson at Zoar. Jim was a terrific instructor, very patient and genuinely concerned about improving our skills. Moreover, the tone of the whole establishment was considerate and helpful; I'm guessing that some of that comes from the top down.

– Loren K., TripAdvisor
Best Experience Ever

From booking to meeting Kevin, who was very friendly helpful and informative, our guides were Emi and Hannah, two of the nicest young ladies you could ever wish to meet. Our safety was of paramount importance but we also had a good laugh. The girls were extremely professional informative and full of local knowledge.

– Victoria F., TripAdvisor

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