WANT TO LEARN TO KAYAK? BOUGHT A RAFT AND NEED LESSONS? Dvorak Expeditions has been offering the best in instructional programs in white water rafting, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding (new!) in Colorado river for over 35 years.

We offer instructional seminars which vary from half-day introductory lake sessions to multi-day paddling trips with advanced and more technical rafting and kayaking.

Dvorak Expedition instructors have hundreds of hours of teaching experience and thousands of river miles to their credit; they know what, and how, to communicate the technical and behavioral judgment calls you need to successfully guide the craft of your choice on the river. Paddling in Colorado has never been more exciting!

Outline for Multi-day or Private Kayak / SUP or Rafting Instruction Courses:
1. DVK’s Initial Introductions and Instructors outline of day’s plan. • Participants – Goals, expectations, paddling experience, etc. • Equipment distribution and sizing • Types of paddling options.
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.

NOTE ADDITIONAL COSTS: Kayak / Raft / SUP gear rental fee for using our full equipment package.(kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak). If you are providing your own equipment please call for cost adjustments.
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
INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Rio Grande (Texas-Mexico Border) Kayak / Raft / SUP's 4 Day

UPPER CANYONS IN BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK ON THE RIO GRANDE: TX/Mexico Border | Raft Supported | Kayak, Stand up Paddle boards, Rafts | Class II – III + (Beginner/Intermediate) (Your gear) 4 Day 3 Nights

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. Please call to confirm ability for this course skill requirements 800 824-3795.

 4 Day 3 Night Instructional Course / Raft supported

From $865 per person | Activity level: BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Rio Grande- Lower Canyons (Texas-Mexico Border) Kayak/Raft/SUP's 7 Day

Rio Grande-Texas | 7 Day 6 Night | LOWER CANYONS Below the Big Bend National Park on the RIO GRANDE | Raft Supported | INSTRUCTIONAL: Kayak, Stand up Paddle boards & Rafts | Class II – III + (Beginner/Intermediate) (DVK Provides Gear)

Warm sun, spectacular canyons and moderate rapids make these trips perfect for a family Thanksgiving Holiday. The lower canyons cut through igneous rock, offering fun rapids of Class II and III. In the these canyons you will raft beneath magnificent sheer limestone walls towering up to 1,500 feet above. The Rapids are sure to excite the first time or intermediate whitewater enthusiast. This is an excellent trip for inflatable kayaks with full raft support. 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. (Beginner to Intermediate)

WHAT IS TAUGHT ON DVORAK’S WHITEWATER COURSES:

This course is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of river running, the reparation environment, the need to understand and protect it plus river rescue techniques. It will also facilitate opening lines of communication, enhancing self-image, improving group interaction and emphasizing self-reliance skills The basics of white water boating which includes: Equipment selection, maintenance and repair, reading the river, scouting and running the rapids, rescue and evacuation techniques, minimum impact camping, Most of the rivers are suitable for beginner to advanced boaters. You learn from us how to captain either paddle rafts and oar powered rafts or how to kayak or SUP class II+ white water.

7 Day 6 Night – raft supported instructional course.

From $1,415 per person | Activity level: BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Gunnison River (CO) Kayak/Raft/SUP 1 Day

Gunnison River Gorge Below the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park | 10 hours | 14 miles | Class II-III (Intermediate/Advanced)

A boater’s and angler’s paradise- a hidden jewel a mile deep in the steep granite walls of the “Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park”. The narrow river corridor makes for exciting whitewater and the clear cold water has been designated a gold medal trout fishery. Accessible only by foot and horsepack, it is a wilderness canyon for those willing to put a litte extra effort into their vacation. This remote beauty and sense of solitude will be ample reward for the hike – a trip to remember. Limited access 8-10 persons per date.

1 Day Instructional Course

From $340 per person | Activity level: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Gunnison River (CO) Kayak/Raft/SUP - 2 Day Overnight

Gunnison River Gorge below the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park |24 hours – Overnight Trip | 14 miles | Class II-III (Intermediate/Advanced)

Please call to confirm ability for this course skill requirements 800 824-3795.

2 Day Overnight or Private Kayak / SUP or Rafting Instruction Courses:

From $565 per person | Activity level: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: San Miguel River (CO) Raft/Kayak/SUP All Sections 5 Day

San Miguel River | 5 Days |  Class I – III | INSTRUCTIONAL Courses Kayak – Raft – SUP’s

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.

WHAT IS TAUGHT ON DVORAK’S WHITEWATER COURSES:

This course is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of river running, the reparation environment, the need to understand and protect it plus river rescue techniques. It will also facilitate opening lines of communication, enhancing self-image, improving group interaction and emphasizing self-reliance skills The basics of white water boating which includes: Equipment selection, maintenance and repair, reading the river, scouting and running the rapids, rescue and evacuation techniques, minimum impact camping, Most of the rivers are suitable for beginner to advanced boaters. You learn from us how to captain either paddle rafts and oar powered rafts or how to kayak or SUP class II+ white water.

5 Day 4 Night instructional course / raft supported 

From $900 per person | Activity level: BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Colorado River (CO) Kayak|Raft|SUP - 2 Day

Colorado River Little Gore Canyon | MAY – SEPTEMBER |Overnight 2 days | 23-65 miles | Class II (Beginner/Intermediate)

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.Please specify in notes either kayak/SUP/raft/inflatable kayak. Colorado River (Multi-day) Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training for beginners: Guide/Instructor April through September

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

2 Day overnight instructional course / raft supported 

From $475 per person | Activity level: BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Colorado River (CO) -Kayak|Raft|SUP- 3 Day

Colorado River Little Gore Canyon | MAY – SEPTEMBER |Course: 3 days multi-day Raft Supported | 23-65 miles | Class II (Beginner/Intermediate)

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.Please specify in notes either kayak/SUP/raft/inflatable kayak. Colorado River (Multi-day) Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training for beginners: Guide/Instructor April through September

3 Day 2 Night instructional course / raft supported

From $655 per person | Activity level: BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Green River (UT) Kayak|Raft|SUP- 6 Day

GREEN RIVER – UT, Desolation & Gray Canyons | 86 Miles | Class II-III (Beginner/Intermediate) | Kayak,Raft, SUP 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 separate 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 Flat Nosed 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 pictographs, abandoned homesteads, shadow filled grottoes and the Green River. Over 60 rapids, side canyon hikes, excellent kayaking for beginner to intermediate levels. Air shuttle from Grand Junction is included but can be edited if you plan to fly from Green River, UT or by special arrangement drive your own car to launch site. $200 per vehicle and for groups only.

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

NOTE ADDITIONAL COSTS: Kayak / Raft / Canoe gear rental fee for using our full equipment package.(kayak/canoe/raft/inflatable kayak). If you are providing your own equipment please call for cost adjustments.

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

6 Day 5 Night Instructional Course / Raft supported

From $1300 per person | Activity level: BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Dolores River (CO) - Kayak|Raft|SUP-3 Day

DOLORES RIVER: CO | Instructional Courses: (Intermediate/Advanced) |3 Days Raft | Kayak @ Raft Supported | SUP | Inflatables | April, May – early June only | Class III-IV

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

3 Day 2 Night Instructional Course / Raft supported

From $655 per person | Activity level:INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Dolores River (CO) Kayak|Raft |SUP - 5 Day

DOLORES RIVER: CO | Instructional Courses: (Intermediate/Advanced) |5 Days Raft | Kayak @ Raft Supported | SUP | Inflatables | April, May – early June only | Class III-IV

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

5 Day 4 Night Instructional course / Raft Supported

From $900 per person | Activity level:INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Dolores River (CO) Kayak| Raft|SUP 8 Day

DOLORES RIVER: CO | Instructional Courses: (Intermediate/Advanced) |8 Days Raft | Kayak @ Raft Supported | SUP | Inflatables | April, May – early June only | Class III-IV

Please specify in notes either kayak/SUP/raft/inflatable kayak instructions. Additional rental cost for Dvorak`s equipment- applied to reservation.

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.

8 Day 7 Night Instructional Course / Raft supported.

From $1390 per person | Activity level:INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED

ALL SECTIONS (CANYONS) DOLORES RIVER (CO): Ponderosa Gorge | Slickrock Canyon | Gateway Canyon | Hanging Flume Canyon (Sections depends on water levels). 1 to 10 Day trips | Class III-IV (Group minimum for 1 day trips 10+) SPRING RIVER (April to June)

In Colorado the famous ‘Spring’ flowing Dolores river is the home of the legendary Class V Snaggletooth Rapid. Here begins one of the most challenging stretches of white water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream.The river flows down from the San Juan Mountains into one of the most beautiful wilderness canyons in North America. Camping under the branches of ancient 100` Ponderosa pines and stars. The side canyons have many ancient Anasazi ruin sites and numerous petroglyphs and pictographs . Booking Now for the ‘World famous Memorial Day’ trip May each year!

The Dolores begins one of the most challenging stretches of water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream. The 200 miles of river will offer some of the most unique slickrock canyons, ancient peoples (Anasazi) ruins, historical sites, side canyon hiking, and so much more. Call us today for group rates and arrangements to suit your date and expectations. The Dolores is a seasonal river and depending on the snow pack for the current year, this will determine what sections are run-able or not. Even though this river is absolutely one of the most spectacular resources in the lower 48 states we can not guarantee it’s flows until early spring when snow-tel reports are in. If you would like to keep up with the support to protect this river and it’s probability to run, you can visit these websites.

[SAVE THE DOLORES RIVER] (CO) (http://conservationlands.org/home/what-wedo/initiatives/rivers-of-the-national-conservation-lands/dolores-river) [DOLORES RIVER COALITION] (http://www.sanjuancitizens.org/rivers/dolores-river-coalition.php) [NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA] (http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/NLCS/National_Conservation_Areas.html)
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THE DOLORES SECTIONS:
Ponderosa Gorge 47 miles | Class III-IV

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.

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INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES: Dolores River (CO) Kayak| Raft|SUP 10 Day

DOLORES RIVER: CO | Instructional Courses: (Intermediate/Advanced) |10 Days Raft | Kayak @ Raft Supported | SUP | Inflatables | April, May – early June only | Class III-IV

Please specify in notes either kayak/SUP/raft/inflatable kayak instructions. Additional rental cost for Dvorak`s equipment- applied to reservation.

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.

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

10 Days 9 Nights Instructional Course / Raft Supported

From $1820 per person | Activity level:INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED

DOLORES RIVER (CO): Ponderosa Gorge | Slickrock Canyon | Gateway Canyon | Hanging Flume Canyon (Sections depends on water levels). 1 to 10 Day trips | Class III-IV (Group minimum for 1 day trips 10+) SPRING RIVER (April to June)

In Colorado the famous ‘Spring’ flowing Dolores river is the home of the legendary Class V Snaggletooth Rapid. Here begins one of the most challenging stretches of white water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream.The river flows down from the San Juan Mountains into one of the most beautiful wilderness canyons in North America. Camping under the branches of ancient 100` Ponderosa pines and stars. The side canyons have many ancient Anasazi ruin sites and numerous petroglyphs and pictographs . Booking Now for the ‘World famous Memorial Day’ trip May each year!

The Dolores begins one of the most challenging stretches of water in the west, culminating in the fury of the Narrows ten miles downstream. The 200 miles of river will offer some of the most unique slickrock canyons, ancient peoples (Anasazi) ruins, historical sites, side canyon hiking, and so much more. Call us today for group rates and arrangements to suit your date and expectations. The Dolores is a seasonal river and depending on the snow pack for the current year, this will determine what sections are run-able or not. Even though this river is absolutely one of the most spectacular resources in the lower 48 states we can not guarantee it’s flows until early spring when snow-tel reports are in. If you would like to keep up with the support to protect this river and it’s probability to run, you can visit these websites.

[SAVE THE DOLORES RIVER] (CO) (http://conservationlands.org/home/what-wedo/initiatives/rivers-of-the-national-conservation-lands/dolores-river) [DOLORES RIVER COALITION] (http://www.sanjuancitizens.org/rivers/dolores-river-coalition.php) [NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA] (http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/NLCS/National_Conservation_Areas.html)

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