Inflatable Kayaking or stand up paddle boarding (SUP) – It’s just you, your craft, rapids at “face” (or feet) level, and guides leading the way giving you tips, encouragement, and a helping hand when needed. Navigating your own inflatable kayak or stand up paddle board is a unique and very exciting way to experience rivers and they add a whole new dimension and sense of adventure to a trip. You are free to explore in a small and maneuverable craft, to feel the rapids up close and personal, and ultimately to test your new river running skills.
While you do need to be in reasonable physical conditions you do not need to have any previous rafting or kayaking experience. The inflatable kayaks have a quick learning curve and we start with a dry land session where you learn basic river hydrology, how to read rapids, and basic paddle skills. We then have some on river practice and soon begin making our way down river. A guide is always close by to help you pick your lines, give you tips, and of course, if needed, to fish you out of the water.
Stand up paddle boarding is a quickly growing sport, especially in lakes and oceans, and the river adds a whole new dynamic to it! They are basically very large surfboards (also known as S.U.P.’s), that you stand on with a long paddle for propulsion. These craft have a steeper learning curve and require good balance. However, those who have surfed before will pick it up quickly and even total beginners will be able to stand and maneuver in the gentler sections.
The following are trips that offer an SUP or inflatable kayaking option, or are all inflatable kayaking. You can also Build Your Own Small Craft Trip on many of our rivers.