DVK Paddling School

Dvorak Expedition’s Paddling School has a variety of programs to fit your needs. Our paddling clinics vary from a half-day introductory lake session covering  basic kayaking, stand up paddling, canoeing, or rafting in Colorado waters. We even offer 12-day paddling intensive with our recommendation of a 3-7 day clinic to get the most value from your time on the water. All of our whitewater rafting trips also include the instructional option as an add-on.
We will teach you the strokes and strategies you’ll need to learn how to guide yourself or others through flat-water or rapids. This is a unique and exhilarating way of learning a completely new way of experiencing the water if you are a committed paddler, regardless of age or previous level of paddling.

You can also choose the craft of your choice be that kayak, SUP, raft, canoe or all four! Our instructors are happy to share with you their knowledge about the most efficient techniques and important judgment calls you need to know to be a safe and proficient boater.

Private Instruction can be arranged for those looking to fine-tune your paddling skills!

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Private Instruction Kayak | Raft | SUP - Arkansas River - 1 Day
8 hours | Arkansas River |April – September

Private Lesson: PRIVATE Guide or Instructor for full day 1 x 1. Skill level and river sections will need to be determined before setting up intermediate and advanced guide service. Transport to and from the river as well as lunch is provided.

ADDITIONAL COST:

BYO or DVK gear rental charge for using our equipment; Includes- KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD.

Day 1 Outline for Multi-day or Private Kayak – Canoe or Rafting:

1. Initial Introductions • Instructors • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment • Types of paddling
2. Orienting the Person to the Craft
3. Water Safety and Self Rescue with Boat
4. Whitewater Safety
5. Paddle Strokes
6. Maneuvers
7. The Basic River Maneuvers
8. The “Eskimo Roll”
9. Water Reading or Learning to read the Surface Features of the River
10. River Tactics or Where to Put the Boat?
11. Basic Trip Organization – One day or multi-day • Pre-river planning – who, what, when, where, how many • On the river – river safety, courtesy, guidelines • Concept of Responsibility – leader and participant.

“One hundred miles of choices.”

Situated in the Heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a vacationer’s paradise. From the river’s source in the snowy peaks of the Saguache Range to the bottom of the Royal Gorge near Canon City, the Arkansas has all levels of whitewater from beginner to intermediate. Courses are for 2 or more persons and private lessons are available by arrangement only.

From $125 per person 

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Instructional (2x1) Kayak|Raft|SUP - Arkansas River - 2 Daily only
PADDLE SCHOOL COURSES: RAFTING | KAYAKING | SUPing | INFLATABLE KAYAKS Duckies | Arkansas River Valley (CO) | 2 Days | April through September

Situated in the Heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a vacationer’s paradise. From the river’s source in the snowy peaks of the 14,000 ft. Collegiate Peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge near Canon City, the Arkansas has all levels of whitewater from beginner to Advanced.

Courses are for 2 or more persons and (private lessons are available by arrangement).

Please specify your craft of choice in notes either Kayak / SUP / Raft / Inflatable Kayak. Arkansas River Valley – Colorado.

3 hours; Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training flat water (PRIVATE LAKE) for beginners: Guide/Instructor Full Day Instruction 2 x 1.

ADDITIONAL COST:

Equipment rental charge for using our equipment will include: * KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. * RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD. (Paddle boat instruction option) * SUP: Board, paddle, PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket * INFLATABLE KAYAK (Duckie) 1 or 2 man (Wetsuit / Boots extra with package)

Outline for Multi-day or Private Instructional Courses: Kayak – Rafting / Kayaking / SUPing / Inflatable Kayaks:

1. Initial Introductions • Instructors • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment • Types of paddling
2. Orienting the Person to the Craft
3. Water Safety and Self Rescue with Boat
4. Whitewater Safety
5. Paddle Strokes
6. Maneuvers
7. The Basic River Maneuvers
8. The “Eskimo Roll”
9. Water Reading or Learning to read the Surface Features of the River
10. River Tactics or Where to Put the Boat?
11. Basic Trip Organization – One day or multi-day • Pre-river planning – who, what, when, where, how many • On the river – river safety, courtesy, guidelines • Concept of Responsibility – leader and participant.

From $245 per person | Activity level: EASY

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Intructional (2x1) Kayak|Raft|SUP Arkansas River - 3 Daily Only
PADDLE SCHOOL COURSES: RAFTING | KAYAKING | SUPing | INFLATABLE KAYAKS Duckies | Arkansas River Valley (CO) | 3 Days | April through September

Situated in the Heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a vacationer’s paradise. From the river’s source in the snowy peaks of the 14,000 ft. Collegiate Peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge near Canon City, the Arkansas has all levels of whitewater from beginner to Advanced.

Courses are for 2 or more persons and (private lessons are available by arrangement).

Please specify your craft of choice in notes either Kayak / SUP / Raft / Inflatable Kayak. Arkansas River Valley – Colorado.

3 hours; Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training flat water (PRIVATE LAKE) for beginners: Guide/Instructor Full Day Instruction 2 x 1.

ADDITIONAL COST:

Equipment rental charge for using our equipment will include: * KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. * RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD. (Paddle boat instruction option) * SUP: Board, paddle, PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket * INFLATABLE KAYAK (Duckie) 1 or 2 man (Wetsuit / Boots extra with package)

Outline for Multi-day or Private Instructional Courses: Kayak – Rafting / Kayaking / SUPing / Inflatable Kayaks:

1. Initial Introductions • Instructors • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment • Types of paddling
2. Orienting the Person to the Craft
3. Water Safety and Self Rescue with Boat
4. Whitewater Safety
5. Paddle Strokes
6. Maneuvers
7. The Basic River Maneuvers
8. The “Eskimo Roll”
9. Water Reading or Learning to read the Surface Features of the River
10. River Tactics or Where to Put the Boat?
11. Basic Trip Organization – One day or multi-day • Pre-river planning – who, what, when, where, how many • On the river – river safety, courtesy, guidelines • Concept of Responsibility – leader and participant.

From $325 per person | Activity level: EASY

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Instructional (2x1) Kayak|Raft|SUP - Arkansas River - 4 Daily Only
PADDLE SCHOOL COURSES: RAFTING | KAYAKING | SUPing | INFLATABLE KAYAKS Duckies | Arkansas River Valley (CO) | 4 Days| April through September

Situated in the Heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a vacationer’s paradise. From the river’s source in the snowy peaks of the 14,000 ft. Collegiate Peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge near Canon City, the Arkansas has all levels of whitewater from beginner to Advanced.

Courses are for 2 or more persons and (private lessons are available by arrangement).

Please specify your craft of choice in notes either Kayak / SUP / Raft / Inflatable Kayak. Arkansas River Valley – Colorado.

3 hours; Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training flat water (PRIVATE LAKE) for beginners: Guide/Instructor Full Day Instruction 2 x 1.

ADDITIONAL COST:

Equipment rental charge for using our equipment will include: * KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. * RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD. (Paddle boat instruction option) * SUP: Board, paddle, PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket * INFLATABLE KAYAK (Duckie) 1 or 2 man (Wetsuit / Boots extra with package)

Outline for Multi-day or Private Instructional Courses: Kayak – Rafting / Kayaking / SUPing / Inflatable Kayaks:

1. Initial Introductions • Instructors • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment • Types of paddling
2. Orienting the Person to the Craft
3. Water Safety and Self Rescue with Boat
4. Whitewater Safety
5. Paddle Strokes
6. Maneuvers
7. The Basic River Maneuvers
8. The “Eskimo Roll”
9. Water Reading or Learning to read the Surface Features of the River
10. River Tactics or Where to Put the Boat?
11. Basic Trip Organization – One day or multi-day • Pre-river planning – who, what, when, where, how many • On the river – river safety, courtesy, guidelines • Concept of Responsibility – leader and participant.

From $407 per person | Activity level: EASY

PADDLE SCHOOL: Instructional (2x1) Kayak|Raft|SUP - Arkansas River - 5 Day
PADDLE SCHOOL COURSES: RAFTING | KAYAKING | SUPing | INFLATABLE KAYAKS Duckies | Arkansas River Valley (CO) | 5 Days| April through September

Situated in the Heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a vacationer’s paradise. From the river’s source in the snowy peaks of the 14,000 ft. Collegiate Peaks to the bottom of the Royal Gorge near Canon City, the Arkansas has all levels of whitewater from beginner to Advanced. Courses are for 2 or more persons and (private lessons are available by arrangement). Please specify your craft of choice in notes either Kayak / SUP / Raft / Inflatable Kayak. Arkansas River Valley – Colorado. 3 hours; Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training flat water (PRIVATE LAKE) for beginners: Guide/Instructor Full Day Instruction 2 x 1.

INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Group (2×1) or more:

Situated in the Heart of the Rockies, the Arkansas River threads its way through a vacationer’s paradise. From the river’s source in the snowy peaks of the Saguache Range to the bottom of the Royal Gorge near Canon City, the Arkansas has all levels of whitewater from beginner to intermediate. Courses are for 2 or more persons and private lessons are available by arrangement only. Please specify in notes either kayak/SUP/raft/inflatable kayak.

ADDITIONAL COST:

Equipment rental charge for using our equipment will include: * KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. * RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD. (Paddle boat instruction option) * SUP: Board, paddle, PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket * INFLATABLE KAYAK (Duckie) 1 or 2 man (Wetsuit / Boots extra with package)

Outline for Multi-day or Private Instructional Courses: Kayak – Rafting / Kayaking / SUPing / Inflatable Kayaks:

1. Initial Introductions • Instructors • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment • Types of paddling
2. Orienting the Person to the Craft
3. Water Safety and Self Rescue with Boat
4. Whitewater Safety
5. Paddle Strokes
6. Maneuvers
7. The Basic River Maneuvers
8. The “Eskimo Roll”
9. Water Reading or Learning to read the Surface Features of the River
10. River Tactics or Where to Put the Boat?
11. Basic Trip Organization – One day or multi-day • Pre-river planning – who, what, when, where, how many • On the river – river safety, courtesy, guidelines • Concept of Responsibility – leader and participant.

From $498 per person | Activity level: EASY

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Arkansas River- INFLATABLE KAYAK 1 Day (guided)
Arkansas River | Instruction level: Intermediate | GUIDED BY DVK : INFLATABLE KAYAK TRIPS FOR FULL DAY PADDLE

No rentals of inflatables without DVK staff on the trip.

Arrive at the designated Dvoraks Office per your reservation confirmation; located in Central Colorado on the Arkansas River: 2.5 hours from Denver and 2 hours from Colorado Springs. DVK @ Nathrop office 17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236 for upper Arkansas trips.

Your package will include:
Single or double Inflatable kayak, Paddle, Life Jacket, Helmet. Dvoraks will provide guide and transportation to the put in location and pick up at the end of the trip. Our guide(s) will travel with you down the river. We will need to have the forms completed from our website with your personal sizes, ability (experience level), release form to bring with you to check in.

From $120 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM 

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Arkansas River- INFLATABLE KAYAKS 1/2 Day (AM | PM)
Arkansas River | Instruction level: Intermediate | GUIDED BY DVK : INFLATABLE KAYAK TRIPS FOR 1/2 DAY PADDLE

Includes Duckie, paddle, helmet, life jacket. Rental wetsuit & boots @ $10 each. Experience level and river section to be determined by clients ability check out. We reserve the right to choose the level of whitewater appropriate to the guests ability and age. Questions? Call us at 719 539-6851. We do not rent boats without DVK Guide support.

From $70 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM 

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Private Instruction Kayak | Raft | SUP - Arkansas River - 1 Day
Arkansas River | 8 hours| Private Lesson PRIVATE Guide or Instructor for full day 1 x 1 | April – September

PRIVATE Guide or Instructor for full day 1 x 1. Skill level and river sections will need to be determined before setting up intermediate and advanced Guide service. Transport to and from the river as well as lunch is provided.
ADDITIONAL COST:
BYO or DVK gear rental charge for using our equipment; Includes- KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD.

Day 1 Outline for Multi-day or Private Kayak – Canoe or Rafting:

1. Initial Introductions • Instructors • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment • Types of paddling
2. Orienting the Person to the Craft
3. Water Safety and Self Rescue with Boat
4. Whitewater Safety
5. Paddle Strokes
6. Maneuvers
7. The Basic River Maneuvers
8. The “Eskimo Roll”
9. Water Reading or Learning to read the Surface Features of the River
10. River Tactics or Where to Put the Boat?
11. Basic Trip Organization – One day or multi-day • Pre-river planning – who, what, when, where, how many • On the river – river safety, courtesy, guidelines • Concept of Responsibility – leader and participant.

From $175 per person | Activity level: EASY

PADDLE SCHOOL: (CO) Private Instruction - Kayak | Raft| SUP - Arkansas River 1/2 Day
Arkansas River | INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Arkansas River Valley | 4 hours |  April through September | Lunch is provided

Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training flat water for beginners: Private Guide/Instructor Half Day Instruction 1 on 1.

ADDITIONAL COST:

Equipment rental charge for using our equipment will include… KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD. (Paddle boat instruction option) SUP: Board, paddle, PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket

PRIVATE Guide or Instructor for full day 1 x 1. Skill level and river sections will need to be determined before setting up intermediate and advanced Guide service. Transport to and from the river as well as lunch is provided.

Day 1 Outline for Multi-day or Private Kayak – Canoe or Rafting:

1. Initial Introductions • Instructors • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment • Types of paddling
2. Orienting the Person to the Craft
3. Water Safety and Self Rescue with Boat
4. Whitewater Safety
5. Paddle Strokes
6. Maneuvers
7. The Basic River Maneuvers
8. The “Eskimo Roll”
9. Water Reading or Learning to read the Surface Features of the River
10. River Tactics or Where to Put the Boat?
11. Basic Trip Organization – One day or multi-day • Pre-river planning – who, what, when, where, how many • On the river – river safety, courtesy, guidelines • Concept of Responsibility – leader and participant.

From $90 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

North America: 800 824-3795 or Worldwide: 719 539-6851