Pre-Race Clinics 

ALL paddle sport craft and skill levels, from beginner to expert, are welcome and will be accommodated. 


Below is a bit of information about pre-race clinics.  Dates and additional details will be posted here as well as on Facebook and will be emailed to registered racers and everyone who has signed up for California River Quest updates.

Additional training and clinics are in development.  These will be posted as soon as details are available.


Sausalito Clinic

When:             Spring 2019

Where:            Fort Baker, Sausalito

Focus:            Jumpstart your training by tuning up your forward stroke and learn some ultra-marathon training techniques.  This clinic will also include an introduction to dynamic water – on the Bay at Yellow Bluff.  Bring your anticipated race-day equipment, discuss gear options & packing options and set yourself up to train smarter.  ALL paddle sport craft and skill levels, from beginner to expert, are welcome and will be accommodated.

Register:         Will be posted when date is set.  If you have questions, please contact us at


Preview the Race Course at 2019 Spring Clinics 

March 9 – Intro to Rapids (Redding)
In this class, we will learn about moving water and rapids — the biggest and most fun challenge for the CRQ.

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 1st six miles of the CRQ course.  The highlight of the day will be runinng Kutra’s Chute.

March 10 – Redding to Bells Ferry
Time to practice what you have learned and paddle the entire 1st section of the CRQ.  Those who have previous moving water experience are welcome to join us as well.  Note: There are LOTS of rapids here, so be ready to get wet.  Don’t worry, we will show you how to get through them and have fun doing it!

April 6 – More Rapids (Bells Ferry)
Do you already know your moving water basics?  Then join us as we tackle Section 2 of the CRQ.  This stretch includes the Chinese Rapids.  We will show you the preferred lines through each.

April 7 – Redding to Red Bluff  
Plan for a long day of rapids, riffles and fun.  We will paddle the top 2 sections of the CRQ (50-miles).  You MUST have previous experience with running rapids.

If you have questions, please email us at

To sign up for clinics, please call Headwaters Adventure at (530) 223-2411.


MORE Opportunities to Get on a River

For many of us, NorCal is a year-round paddling place.  So, you don’t have to wait until spring to get on a river.  Our partners are ready, willing and able to arrange for private outings on the Lower American River (Sacramento, CA) or Upper Sacramento River (Redding, CA).  Just let us know what you want to do and we can help make it happen.

General Questions About River Clinics
Please email us at

Outings on Upper Sacramento River
Please call Headwaters Adventure at (530) 223-2411.

Outings on the Lower American River
Please call California Canoe & Kayak at (916) 851-3600.