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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.



Basic Kayaking Progression for teenagers

  • Ages: 12-18

  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-5

2019 Dates

  • Session 1: 6/25/19-7/11/19*

  • Session 2: 7/16/19-8/1/19

  • Session 3**: 8/6/19-8/22/19

*There is no kayak club on Thursday, July 4. Make-up day is Sunday, July 7 at the normal time.

**Please note that only returning Otters can sign up for session 3. This helps keep the continuity of the summer going, and allows Otters who are signing up for multiple sessions to continue to progress. Sessions 1 and 2 are open for never-ever paddlers.


Program Description

The River Otters program introduces first-time kayakers to the sport through a standard river-running progression. The focus is on the basic, technical aspects of kayaking while incorporating FUN and SAFETY. Sessions in flat water, moving water and river-running will evolve throughout the program as athlete skills and comfort levels progress. Individualized and focused attention will build athlete confidence in their ability to comfortably navigate Class II & III whitewater. All an athlete needs is competent swimming skills and the desire to learn and be on the water. 

Specific Skills Focus

River safety & awareness; wet exiting an overturned kayak; maintaining a strong, balanced body position; learning edge control and boat stability; proper paddle strokes; techniques for paddling straight and turning; learning and identifying river features and hazards; swimming in whitewater; mechanics of rolling in moving water (hip snaps, T-rescues, body & paddle position); whitewater navigation; and introductory surfing techniques.


Single Session: Before May 1- $425, After May 1- $450

Summer (all 3 sessions): $1150