Facebook Twitter You Tube
City of Rochester

Whitewater Kayaking Lessons in the City

If  you have a desire to learn whitewater Kayaking in a safe and fun setting, Rochester Canoe and Kayak Park (Rock Park) has all youKayaking in the Genesee River lower gorge. need and more.  Kayak Adventures and Rochester City Recreation host three-day whitewater Kayaking clinics in July and August. These clinics are free to city residents! 

The clinics are designed for students that have never been in a kayak before or have very little experience. Students must be at least 10 years old and be able to swim. All essential equipment is provided; all students need to bring is a smile and a readiness to hit the water!  The clinics are run by Kayak Adventures of Rochester, an official Olympic Development Training School for the sport of whitewater kayaking.

The clinics start on flat water in the John Marshall High School Pool, where students  will learn all required safety procedures, including wet exits, assisted and unassisted rescues and more.   Once the safety procedures are mastered, the students will learn how to hold and use a paddle.  Reverse and forward sweeps, reverse and forward strokes, the bow draw, and the Eskimo roll will all be covered.

The second and third days of each session are on moving Genesee River water, at the Rochester Canoe and Kayak Park off Seth Green Drive in the heart of the city's gorgeous Genesee Gorge. Map  

Beginner – Level I Clinic

The First Day Starts indoors at the Marshall High School Pool. The Student will learn all required safety procedures first. Including wet exits, assisted and unassisted rescues and more. Once the Safety procedures are mastered we will start the process of learning how to use a paddle to make our Kayaks move thru the water. Reverse and Forward sweep, Reverse and Forward stroke, are some of the techniques that will be covered.

The Second Day of this class is done on moving water. This gives the student a chance to practice their safety training while learning how to use the skills they learned on Day 1 to enjoy the many positive aspects of White Water Kayaking. Eddy turns, peel outs, ferries are only a few of the procedures you will be learning. Rewards in this sport include growth in self-esteem, teamwork, self discipline, goal setting and more.

The Third Day we will be looking at and practicing more advanced methods of controlling your Kayak in White Water. We will cover the roll and review quickly what we learned the first two days. This is the day that the entire course is explored. We finish with a fun race using some of the gates that are part of the Olympic Training Center main course.

Total class time: 9 hours

Course Fee:
Free to residents of the City Of Rochester. (Basic Level I Summer Clinic for students 10 to 16)
50$ For non-residents of the City of Rochester ages 10 to 16

100$ (Adults – 17 and above)

Program Dates and Times: (9 a.m. - 12 Noon)
July 9-10-11
July 16-17-18
July 23-24-25
July 30-31-1 (Aug)
Aug. 6-7-8
Aug. 13-14-15
Aug. 20-21-22

Level II Clinic

For the Student that completes the Basic Level I Clinic (three day event) and wishes to advance their skills the Level II Clinic offers everything the student needs to move forward.

Level II Clinic members will be using Play Boats, Racing Kayaks, C-1′s in addition to their class boats. Students are selected for this program based on their performance during the Level I Beginner Clinic. Many from this group will get the opportunity to run another river near Rochester. Criteria for admittance into this summer long clinic requires that the student have perfect attendance in the Level I Camp, show a reasonable skill development progression and exhibit a high level of safety awareness and Sportsmanship. Graduates from this group are eligible to participate in our special events program. Special Events programs includes day trips to nearby rivers and a weekend campout paddling trip to Pennsylvania at the end of August. This group meets on Wednesday’s from 2 to 4 starting July 16th, running until the end of August.

Total class time: 2 hours (each session)

Course Fee:
5$ per session for Level II Training. (all qualified students)
10$ per session for Level II Training (Adults that have taken Level I)

Program Dates and Times: (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
July 16
July 23
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 20

Level II = Wednesday’s from 2 to 4 starting July 16th, running until the end of August.

More Information and Registration

To Register Click Here

For more information contact Kayak Adventures at 585-704-2372 or email kayakadv@rochester.rr.com. You can also visit www.kayak-adventures.org.


The City of Rochester, NY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. | Fair Housing | Terms of Use | Accessibility |  Privacy  | Security |  Contact Us |  Video Tour 

Translation by WorldLingo