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Kayak Santa Fe and Taos

There is no better way to get up close and personal with a river than whitewater kayaking.  No matter which type of kayak you’re in, you’re always going to be in a craft that allows you to experience the waves on their own level.  With your 2 bladed paddle as your motor and your balance and cunning as your GPS, kayaking is nothing less than thrilling!  Before you set out on your first kayaking adventure, though, it’s important to recognize what type of kayaking you’d like to experience.  In terms of kayaking on rivers like the Rio Grande and Rio Chama, there are two types of kayaking to enjoy, inflatable kayaking or whitewater kayaking in a plastic, “hard shell” kayak.

Inflatable kayaking is a great way to get a feel for a kayak for the first time.  This is a one or two-person craft that has great primary stability and if you happen to fall out or the kayak flips over, no worries, all you have to do is push it right side up and climb right back inside.  There are multiple sections of the Rio Grande and Rio Chama in which to enjoy this type of kayaking all year.  During the later part of the summer, this is a great way to turn a mellow whitewater trip into an exciting, adrenaline filled adventure.  This is by far the most popular form of kayaking in Taos and Santa Fe.

New Mexico River Adventures is one of only a few options in the state of New Mexico to learn the art of whitewater kayaking.  We have a full-service kayaking school with the best instructors in the area to teach you the basics all the way through advanced techniques of “hard shell” kayaking.  These courses never have more than a 3:1 student to instructor ratio and sure to give you a great insight into this amazing sport and pastime.  All courses start at our Headquarters in Embudo and begin right here on the Rio Grande.  Of course, it’s always better to begin kayaking with a partner to help progress you through the basics and eventually give you and great paddling partner to enjoy your local rivers within the future.  So, grab a friend or family member and come experience the greatest adventure on the river!

The Trips

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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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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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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