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945 W Broadway, PO Box 1205
Jackson, WY, 83001


To provide all with the opportunity to safely enjoy the waterways of the greater Yellowstone area through youth programs, competitive events, conservation and education.



Introduction to Kayaking for our youngest paddlers

  • Ages: 8-11

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am-2pm

2019 Dates

  • Session 1: 6/24/19 - 7/10/19

  • Session 2: 7/15/19 - 7/31/19

  • Session 3: 8/5/19 - 8/23/18

Program Description

The Muskrats program is designed to introduce young athletes to kayaking and the river environment. This program is for first time and younger paddlers with a focus on FUN and SAFETY while working on basic paddling instruction necessary for future development in moving water and river running. Athletes should be able to swim and have some comfort level in the water. Emphasis is placed on games and technical drills in flat-water days and free paddle & river safety/awareness in moving water days. Muskrats will use area pools to gain comfort getting out of the kayak, followed by flatwater sessions at Slide Lake and Emily's Pond, and will practice moving water skills on Flat Creek and the Snake River. Most JHKC athletes spend 2 summers as Muskrats.

Specific Skills Focus

On-water safety; exiting a kayak with/without a skirt; maintaining a strong, balanced body position; learning edge control and boat stability; proper paddle strokes; paddling straight; practicing eddy turns to enter/exit a river current; swimming in moving water; and mechanics of rolling (hip snaps, T-rescues, body & paddle position)

Program Fee - Includes use of kayak, paddle, sprayskirt, helmet, splash jacket and PFD

Early Bird (Before May 1): $325

Regular Registration: $350

Summer (all 3 sessions): $900