Travel to Denali National Park, Alaska and learn kayak skills for a lifetime of whitewater adventure. Comprehensive instruction will progress from Otto Lake at the base of Mt. Healy to the
Nenana River. Enjoy a spectacular setting along over 40 miles
of Denali National Park boundary while you learn.
Begin your kayak experience with 3 to 4 hours of lake instruction learning the basic elements of the sport. Instructors will focus on equipment and terminology, safety, getting in (and out), basic paddling strokes, wet exits and rescue techniques. Eskimo rolls will be demonstrated, taught and attempted-no guarantees. The lake is a warm, shallow and safe environment for the most apprehensive first-timer. Anyone, age 12 and over, is encouraged to check it out!
Full Day Instruction
This full-day intensive starts with an Introductory Clinic on Otto Lake in the morning followed by the Novice Class in an inflatable, sit-on-top or possibly a hardshell kayak river trip down the Grassy Knoll section in the afternoon. We will take a break for lunch (not provided) but be prepared for a very long and physical day.
Two Day Introductory
D.O.C. believes the most effective learning begins with a concentrated effort in the whitewater medium. Retain the basic skills of the sport with two days of intensive training. Combines the Full Day Intro with a brief refresher of basic skills and a Roll Clinic on the second morning and a hardshell trip on the Grassy Knoll section on the second afternoon.
The beginner will progress from flat water instruction to river excursion without any time-lag to interfere with the learning curve. Give yourself the advantage of immersion and the benefit of reduced cost!
Students with a 50% successful lake roll, or better, will paddle a class II/III section of the Upper Nenana River. Those with a less successful roll wanting river orientation can choose to paddle an inflatable or sit-on-top kayak and learn river hydrodynamics and maneuvers. Students will set their own pace and learn river dynamics, reading whitewater, recognizing hazards, ferry angels, eddy turns, river rolls and river rescue.
This course will enlighten the novice paddler on the true essence of whitewater kayaking.
A 2 hour lake session devoted solely to technique. Perfect your on-side roll, learn your off-side roll or work on your very first eskimo roll. Previous D.O.C. or other verifiable instruction is strongly recommended.
Two Day Intermediate
Where the fun of kayaking really starts to emerge. Learn advanced paddle strokes, bomb-proof your roll, learn new rolling techniques, and learn how to playboat on the great waves of the Nenana River in this intermediate course. Previous instruction necessary.
Four Day Course
A great opportunity to truly learn the sport of kayaking in one of the World’s most beautiful locations. Combining the Two Day Introductory with the Two Day Intermediate, this four day course gives you the best opportunity to build both the muscle memory, and the mental fortitude, to confidently start kayaking with friends on your own local river. Lunch Included.
We strive to create an educational atmosphere approachable to all. A progression of instructional courses is designed to enhance overall river awareness and teach paddling technique through the proven methods of the American Canoe Association. Instructors combine a diverse background of river running experiences and technical training to create an environment that inspires confidence for fun and relaxed learning.
Groups of five or more will be accommodated for any dates with a 7 day advance notice. All reservations should be made at least one week prior to course date. A 50% deposit will be required for all reservations with a full refund available with cancellations made 48 hours prior to course.
**Whitewater sport is an inherently dangerous activity and Denali Outdoor Center assumes no responsibility.