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!

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 1 Day Instructional Kayak / Raft Seminar - Arkansas River
Arkansas River | 1 day

“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.

Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

ADDITIONAL $ rental fee per day for using our equipment package(kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 7 hours

From $120 per person | Activity level: EASY

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 2 Day Instructional Kayak / Raft Seminar - Arkansas River
Arkansas River | 2 days

April thru September

“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 something for everyone. Courses are for 2 or more persons and private lessons are available by arrangement only.

Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

ADDITIONAL $ rental fee per day for using our equipment package(kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 2 days

From $245 per person | Activity level: EASY

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 3 Day Group Intructional Kayak / Raft Seminar - Arkansas River
Arkansas River | 3 days

We offer (Group rates or Private @ additional cost) Kayak & Raft instructional courses from beginner to advanced and will pick the appropriate section of the river or lake to begin your course. We require a check out of your skill level prior to putting you on the river.
All clinics from 1/2 to 5 days must have a minimum of 2 persons for group rates: April – September

Please specify in notes either kayak/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

ADDITIONAL COSTS:
* Rental fee for using our equipment (kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).
* Please note that PRIVATE LESSONS 1×1 are at a different rate
* (When booking your group clinics from 1/2 to 5 days must have a minimum of 2 persons for these group rates).

“One hundred -Fifty 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 something for everyone.

Duration: 3 days

From $325 per person | Activity level: EASY

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 4 Day Group Intructional Kayak / Raft Seminar - Arkansas River
Arkansas River | 4 days

We offer (Group rates or Private @ additional cost) Kayak & Raft instructional courses from beginner to advanced and will pick the appropriate section of the river or lake to begin your course. We require a check out of your skill level prior to putting you on the river.
All clinics from 1/2 to 5 days must have a minimum of 2 persons for group rates: April – September

Please specify in notes either kayak/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

ADDITIONAL COSTS:
* Rental fee for using our equipment (kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).
* Please note that PRIVATE LESSONS 1×1 are at a different rate
* (When booking your group clinics from 1/2 to 5 days must have a minimum of 2 persons for these group rates).

“One hundred -Fifty 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 something for everyone.

Duration: 4 days

From $407 per person | Activity level: EASY

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 5 Day Instructional Kayak / Raft Seminar - Arkansas River
Arkansas River | Instruction | 5 days

INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES in the Arkansas River Valley COLORADO

“One hundred and forty 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 something for everyone.

We offer half-day to five-day instructional boating courses. Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

Use your own gear or DVK will provide an the equipment for a rental fee Selections: (kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 5 days

From $498 per person | Activity level: EASY

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - ARKANSAS RIVER: Inflatable Kayak 1 day (guided)
Arkansas River | Instruction level: Intermediate | 6 Hours

1 full day paddle with guide for inflatable kayaking.
Gear add-on cost $10 Duckie, paddle, helmet, wetsuit, boots, life jacket.
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

From $120 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM 

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - Full Day Private Instruction Kayak or Raft
Arkansas River | Private Parties | 1 day

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.

April – September

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 floatation. RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD.

Duration: 8 hours

From $175 per person | Activity level: EASY

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - Half Day Private Instruction Kayak or Raft
Arkansas River | Culinary | Half day

Private Guide/Instructor Half Day Instruction 1 on 1. Lunch is provided. April thru September ADDITIONAL $ gear rental charge for using our equipment Includes- KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and floatation. RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD.

Duration: 3 hours

From $90 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 2 Day Instructional Kayak / Raft Seminar - Colorado River
Colorado River 23-65 miles | Class II (Beginner/Intermediate) | Educational | 2 days

Colorado River – Little Gore Canyon May thru September

The legendary Colorado River, over 1400 miles long, starts just above Little Gore Canyon. This is one of the first boat-able sections of the river. Alpine scenery, historic points, hot springs and milder whitewater make this a great family trip and all within an easy drive from Denver. This is an ideal river experience for beginner to intermediate instructional courses. Children 5 and up will enjoy this classic river expedition.

Please specify in notes either kayak or raft or inflatable kayak instructional.

BYO or ADDITIONAL gear rental fee for using DVORAK`S equipment (kayak/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 9 hours

From $450 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 3 Day Kayak / Raft Seminar - Colorado River
Colorado River | 3 days

Learn how to kayak or canoe or raft on the legendary Colorado River within an easy drive from Denver. The Colorado river is over 1400 miles long and starts just above Little Gore Canyon. This is one of the first boatable sections of the river. Alpine scenery, historic points, hot springs and milder whitewater make this a great instructional trip and it is within an easy drive from Denver.

Please specify in reservation notes which type of lessons you would like – kayak, canoe or raft.

Additional rental cost for kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak is applied to reservation.

Duration: 3 days

From $630 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 3 Day Instructional Kayak / Raft / Canoe Seminar - Dolores River
Dolores River | April, May and early June only 47 miles | Class III-IV | 3 days

Ponderosa Gorge

Here the river flows down through the high country running clear and cold, teeming with trout. Campsites are under the branches of ancient 100` Ponderosa pines. This stretch is the home of the legendary Class IV Snaggletooth Rapid. Here begins one of the most challenging stretches of water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream.

MINIMUM AGE is 10.

Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

Additional rental cost for Dvorak`s equipment- applied to reservation. (kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 3 days

From $630 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 5 Day Kayak / Raft / Canoe Seminar - Dolores River
Dolores River | April thru early June only 47 miles | Class III-IV | 3 days

INSTRUCTIONAL KAYAK CLINIC: Raft supported with all meals and boating equipment provided. Individual gear to be rented or you can bring your own equipment.

Ponderosa Gorge

Here the river flows down through the high country running clear and cold, teeming with trout. Campsites are under the branches of ancient 100` Ponderosa pines. This stretch is the home of the legendary Class IV Snaggletooth Rapid. Here begins one of the most challenging stretches of water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream. Slickrock Canyon 50 miles | Class II-III Now the Dolores slows and enters the walls and more desert-like world of Slickrock. The walls are streaked with desert varnish and rise from the river’s edge to tower hundreds of feet above the water, forming the most enchanting and beautiful desert canyon in the American Southwest. Hidden in the grottos and side canyons are prehistoric Anasazi pictographs and ruins. More moderate rapids provide a good stretch for instructional kayak, canoe or inflatable kayaking. Here you will camp beneath overhangs where the “Ancient Ones” camped thousands of years ago.

MINIMUM AGE is 10.

Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

Additional rental cost for Dvorak`s equipment- applied to reservation.(kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 5 days

From $875 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 8 Day Instructional Kayak / Raft / Canoe Seminar - Dolores River
Dolores River | April thru early June only 47 miles | Class III-IV | 8 days

Here the river flows down through the high country running clear and cold, teeming with trout. Campsites are under the branches of ancient 100` Ponderosa pines. This stretch is the home of the legendary Class IV Snaggletooth Rapid. Here begins one of the most challenging stretches of water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream.

Slickrock Canyon 50 miles | Class II-III

Now the Dolores slows and enters the walls and more desert-like world of Slickrock. The walls are streaked with desert varnish and rise from the river’s edge to tower hundreds of feet above the water, forming the most enchanting and beautiful desert canyon in the American Southwest. Hidden in the grottos and side canyons are prehistoric Anasazi pictographs and ruins. More moderate rapids provide a good stretch for instructional kayak, canoe or inflatable kayaking. Here you will camp beneath overhangs where the “Ancient Ones” camped thousands of years ago.

Hanging Flume Canyon 45 miles | Class II-III

Once leaving Slickrock, the river meanders across Paradox Valley beneath giant cottonwoods where rookeries of Great Blue Heron and other bird life abound. Below Paradox Canyon the river reaches the confluence with the San Miguel River (doubling the volume) and the Hanging Flume Canyon. The historical remnants of the flume built to get water to the “high bar” of the Lone Tree Placer mine can still be seen suspended 400 feet above the river.

MINIMUM AGE is 10.

Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

Additional rental cost for Dvorak`s equipment- applied to reservation.(kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 8 days

From $1,365 per person | Activity level: MEDIUM

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 10 Instructional Kayak / Raft / Canoe Seminar - Dolores River
Dolores River | April thru early June only 47 miles | Class III-IV | 10 days

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL – 10 Instructional Kayak / Raft / Canoe Seminar – Dolores River

Ponderosa Gorge (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

Here the river flows down through the high country running clear and cold, teeming with trout. Campsites are under the branches of ancient 100` Ponderosa pines. This stretch is the home of the legendary Class IV Snaggletooth Rapid. Here begins one of the most challenging stretches of water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream.

Slickrock Canyon 50 miles | Class II-III

Now the Dolores slows and enters the walls and more desert-like world of Slickrock. The walls are streaked with desert varnish and rise from the river’s edge to tower hundreds of feet above the water, forming the most enchanting and beautiful desert canyon in the American Southwest. Hidden in the grottos and side canyons are prehistoric Anasazi pictographs and ruins. More moderate rapids provide a good stretch for instructional kayak, canoe or inflatable kayaking. Here you will camp beneath overhangs where the “Ancient Ones” camped thousands of years ago.

Hanging Flume Canyon 45 miles | Class II-III

Once leaving Slickrock, the river meanders across Paradox Valley beneath giant cottonwoods where rookeries of Great Blue Heron and other bird life abound. Below Paradox Canyon the river reaches the confluence with the San Miguel River (doubling the volume) and the Hanging Flume Canyon. The historical remnants of the flume built to get water to the “high bar” of the Lone Tree Placer mine can still be seen suspended 400 feet above the river.

Lower Gateway Canyon 38 miles | Class III-IV

The last section of the Dolores before meeting its sister river, the “Colorado.” Gateway Canyon offers you again the challenge of technical whitewater thrills. Birds and wildlife and Indian rock art, both petroglyphs and pictographs, can be found on the canyon walls. We will float beyond the “Rio Nuestra Senora de los Dolores” and mingle with the Colorado under the historic Deway Bridge in Castle Valley.

MINIMUM AGE is 10.

Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

Additional rental cost for Dvorak`s equipment- applied to reservation. (kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 10 days

From $1,795 per person | Activity level: HARD

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 6 Days Instructional Kayak / Raft / Canoe Seminar - Green River
Green River | 86 Miles | Class II-III | 6 days

Class II-III (Beginner/Intermediate) Kayak, canoe or raft instructional clinics. Dvorak’s will provide full instruction with all the equipment or you can bring your own gear. Our trips are raft supported and all meals and boating equipment provided. Transport shuttle (air and ground) are seperate cost. Excellent river for beginners to intermediate levels. Class II to III+ rapids (60).

John Wesley Powell declared this canyon wilderness “A region of wildest desolation”. Outlaws and characters like Butch Cassidy and Flatnosed Curry escaped to the remoteness of this canyon. Today Desolation and Gray remain some of the wildest desert canyon territory in the U.S. Home of the Fremont Indian pictorgraphs, abandoned homesteads, shadow filled grottoes and the Green River. Over 60 rapids, side canyon hikes, excellent kayaking for beginner to intermediate levels.

Air shuttle ($160) from Grand Junction or Green River is not included.

Please specify in notes either kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak instructions.

ADDITIONAL COST: Kayak / Raft / Canoe gear rental fee for using our full equipment package.(kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 6 days

From $1,250 per person | Activity level: Easy

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 4 DAY INSTRUCTIONAL SEMINAR - RIO GRANDE
Green River | 19 & 21 Miles | Class II – III + (Beginner/Intermediate) | 4 days

Warm sun, spectacular canyons and moderate rapids make these trips perfect for a family Thanksgiving Holiday. The Colorado Canyons cut through igneous rock, offering fun rapids of Class II and III. In the Santa Elena Canyon you will raft beneath magnificent sheer limestone walls towering up to 1,500 feet above. Rockslide Rapid is sure to excite the whitewater enthusiast. This is an excellent trip for inflatable kayaks with full raft support.

ADDITIONAL $ rental fee for using our equipment (kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak)

Duration: 4 days

From $715 per person | Activity level: Easy

DVK PADDLING SCHOOL - 7 DAY INSTRUCTIONAL SEMINAR - RIO GRANDE
Rio Grande-Texas | 90 miles (Beginner to Intermediate) | Educational | 7 days

Enjoy this wilderness trip in the warm sun of southern Texas to the Mexican border. The river winds through the solitude and silence of deep chasms, rocky flats and desert mountains. The water is baked in the southern sun to a temp of 70 degrees with day time highs of 60-90 degrees. March and April`s desert spring bloom adds a special dimension to this journey into southern wilderness. Designated Wild & Scenic it has good rapids, quiet stretches and fascinating hikes to old homesteads. The pace offers time to perfect boating skills with instruction or to relax on the rafts.

Duration: 7 days

From $1,265 per person | Activity level: Easy

San Miguel River - Instructional Raft/Kayak - All Sections - 5 Days
San Miguel River . Variety. San Miguel River Class I – III:| 5 days

The San Miguel River winds its way through Rocky Mountains’ alpine terrain near Telluride, Colorado and Trout Lake to a desert confluence with the Dolores River 80 miles north. Sandstone canyons vie with granite passages for nature at its best. Some rare riverbank plant life thrives here and as you work your way toward the Dolores and lower elevations, the flora and fauna will change seemingly around each bend. Class II and III rapids along the Upper San Miguel provide challenging kayaking and rafting. Trips varying in length from 1-5 days can be done on the San Miguel and trips of 6-12 days are available by combining the San Miguel with the Dolores.

ADDITIONAL $ rental fee for using our equipment (kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak).

Duration: 5 days

From $873 per person | Activity level: BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE

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