2021 Paddle Clinics  

We do not have clinics scheduled at this time. We hope to have some group clinics this spring. In the interim, we can help you arrange private outings. Please contact us if you’re interested.
Sacramento River Summer Clinics in Redding

IMPORTANT:  There are only 12 spots open for each of these clinics.

These are two-day race clinic for the California River Quest.  Racers may sign up for either day or both.  $50 for one day or $75 for both.  Note: Each day of the clinic is limited to 12 participants.  NOTE:  If you come to multiple clinics, you’ll have an opportunity to practice what you learned, get questions answered by instructors and learn new things.


Sacramento River Saturday Clinics – Intro to Moving Water (Redding)

On the first day of the clinic, we will learn about moving water and rapids – the biggest and most fun challenge of the CRQ (besides the distance, of course).

The morning features a mix of on-land and water-based theory and practice.  After lunch, we will set a shuttle and then paddle the first six miles of the CRQ course, which has some of the most exciting rapids.  The highlight of the day will be running Kutras Chute, a fast, fun standing wave on the early part of the course.


Sacramento River Sunday Clinics – Redding to Checkpoint 1 – 25 miles (Balls Ferry, Anderson)
NOTE:  We can make arrangements for shorter runs as needed.

On the second day of the clinic, you practice what you have learned and paddle the entire 1st section of the CRQ (25 miles).  Those who have previous moving water experience but did not participate in Day 1 are welcome to join us as well.

Note:  As always, things may have to change depending on what Mother Nature gives us to work with.



If you have questions about Sacramento River clinics, please email us at info@californiariverquest.com.

River Touring Skills Development (Lower American River in Sacramento)

Come one come all. Open up a new world of paddling options – you learn to safely paddle a variety of kayaks (SOT, WW, Touring, & SUP) on Class 1 to 2 moving water of the Lower American River. This class will help you to continue to develop the strokes you learned in Beginning Sea Kayaking and how to paddle safely and avoid common river hazards. We will review rescues in the context of moving water, introduce basic rapid running, ferry glides and eddy turns and fine-tune your paddle strokes.

Duration of class: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Meeting Location

Meet at the location to Shuttle to American River Upper Sunrise River Access Exit at River Bend Park
Distance: Approximately 6 miles

Cost: $75
Own Boat and Gear: $50

  • (Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 10)
  • Class fee includes kayak, paddling gear, and river shuttle!
  • Helmet required.

Grear use: Sit-on-Kayak, Whitewater, Touring Kayak & SUP. You are encouraged to bring your own kayak if it is suitable for the dynamic water conditions of the Lower American River so you become more comfortable in your own kayak.

Prerequisite: No previous experience necessary. However, a good physical condition is required to assure an enjoyable class. The minimum age for the class is 16 years; children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Those with some experience will be on SOT kayaks and those with more experience can go in a touring or whitewater kayak.

Questions and Registration

We don’t have Lower American River clinics scheduled at this time, but email us if you’re interested and we’ll get something set up for you.