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Whitewater Classes

Located in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge, we have a variety of perfect rivers on which to teach within a short drive of our headquarters. We also offer courses that travel to the Wild and Scenic Rio Chama for an unsurpassed multiple day instructional clinic in a remote canyon of exceptional beauty. At New Mexico River Adventures, we recognize that not all of our students learn the same way and at the same pace. For that reason, our world-class instructors utilize a variety of different techniques to insure the greatest opportunity for success. Just because you’re in a group, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a group teaching. Our instructors will make you feel like you’re an individual and address each individual’s skill progression whether you’re in a group or private lesson.

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2 Day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Instruction

If you want a true introduction the sport of kayaking, this is absolutely your best option. With our 2 New Mexico kayaking day clinic, you're able to take the time to get a full introduction to all the basics of the sport and leave with the confidence and knowledge to pursue kayaking as your new life long passion. Contact us today to learn more: 1-800-983-7756.


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Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Instruction

After you have taken our Beginner Whitewater Kayak Instruction course, your next step is our Intermediate course.  You will master existing skills and build additional skills, all tailored to your individual goals and desires.  This course can be structured as a 1, 2, or 3 day format, and we can explore both the Rio Grande and Rio Chama.


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Advanced Whitewater Kayaking

This course is all about dialing in, to perfection, the skills that will allow you to move on to the more difficult whitewater. The advanced courses are tailored to the individual. Our instructors will exploit any and all weaknesses in your skills and coach you on how to improve them.


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Private or Custom Whitewater Kayak Instruction

If you are looking for one-on-one instruction to the sport of New Mexico whitewater kayaking, or want to work on specific skills at any level, our Private/Custom Whitewater Kayak Instruction is for you!  You will receive individual attention with expert guidance from our staff.  Sign up today!


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ACA L1-4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop

This five-day course is designed for competent whitewater kayakers who want to become instructors. During this course Instructor, candidates will learn industry standards for teaching kayaking and be assessed throughout the class on Teaching Ability, Technical Ability, Technical Knowledge, and Rescue Ability.


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ACA Level 2-4 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Certification Workshop

Are you a whitewater professional looking to instruct Swiftwater Rescue Technician courses to your river crew or other professionals.  The ACA has a long history of leading the industry in the best instructional guidelines for all aspects of river running and safety.  This five day course is for experienced boaters and rescuers who want to become Swift Water Rescue Instructors. Instructor candidates will be assessed on Teaching Ability, Rescue Ability, Technical Knowledge and Group Management throughout this course for a final certification level.


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Whitewater River Guides School

Our guide school is primarily focused on training individuals for jobs as whitewater professionals, however, it is also open to those looking for an intense training program to ready themselves for a long future of private boating adventures with family and friends. The goal of the school is for every student to be a safe, conscientious, environmentally-responsible steward of the river.


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