Paddle Clinics

This is a two-day race clinic for the California River Quest.  Racers may sign up for either day or both. Note:  Each day of the clinic is limited to 12 participants total.

October 26 – Intro to Rapids (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 contain 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.

October 27 – Redding to Checkpoint 1 – 25 miles (Balls Ferry, Anderson)
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, plans may change depending on weather.

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 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
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Outings on 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.