Riversport Winter Operations

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2024 Kids Camps

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Our 2024 Kayak camps for Kids (Ages 10-18) are a great way to introduce the exciting sport of whitewater paddling. Our 5-day courses over the Summer are a great way to introduce or continue to build skills, and fun for the Beginner through Advanced paddler. The week-long courses focus spending quality time on the river gaining confidence and knowledge incorporating proper techniques of river running to play boating. Kids will meet long lasting friends and families that also love to kayak.

We organize groups based on their level of ability at the beginning of the week, then move toward the appropriate river setting dividing up those groups. Our daily instructional workshops develop a solid foundation of skills for all participants through experiential methods. These skills include the kayak roll (self-rescue), river running, reading rapids/ river features, terminology, river rescue, river running, and play boating. Our staff members consist of Jackson Kayak Team members, Upper Yough racers, Ski Patrollers, Certified ACA Instructors, Jr. Instructors from the camps, and Outdoor Recreational Leaders. All of our staff have medical certifications from the Red Cross and American Heart Association. We appreciate seeing the volume of students who return year after year, and how many go on to become amazing paddlers. 

Camp Info Bullet Points:

  • Fun Filled 5 Day Overnight Camp at RiverSport Location  
  • Complete Supervision by Staff over the 6 Days and 5 Nights of the Course
  • RiverSport Building Has Private Bathroom/ Shower
  • Medical OET on site for our 5 Day Course with Somerset Ambulance Service 300 yards away.
  • All Meals provided by Lucky Dog Cafe for the 5 Day Course (Students may bring personal snack food) Please notify us with any dietary needs upon registration.  
  • Access to Kayak Equipment if Needed
  • Beginner to Advanced Student Welcome
  • Feel Free to Bring Personal Kayak Equipment 

Here are the dates for the 2024 Season (River Locations are Water Dependent) 

1) June Teen Camp (16-21st): Cheat Narrows, Middle Yough, Lower Yough, Casselman River and ASCI) Ages 13-16 Early Registration Sale until 1/1/2024- $495   Normal Price $695

2) June Camp (23-28th): Cheat Narrows, Middle Yough, Lower Yough, Casselman River and ASCI) Ages 13-16 Early Registration Sale until 1/1/2024- $495   Normal Price $695

3) July Camp (7th-13th): (Rivers: Cheat Narrows, Middle Yough, Lower Yough, Casselman River and ASCI) Registration Sale until 1/1/2024- $495   Normal Price $695

4) Advanced July Camp (21st-26th): (6 Days Sunday AM-Friday) (Rivers include Upper Yough, Lower Yough, Stoney Creek, ASCI Whitewater Park, Valley Falls, Ohiopyle Falls)                                                 Registration Sale until 1/1/2024- $695   Normal Price $895

5) Adventure August Camp (4th-9th) Water and Land Based Camp- Rivers Paddled: Yough, and Cheat Narrow; Climbing Areas: Coopers State Park & Cascade Section in Ohiopyle; Biking– GAP Trail & McCune Trail in PA, or Fork Run, MD) Registration Sale until 1/1/2024 $495 Normal Price $695

History of Riversport

Originally known as River Paths in the late 1970’s, the operations moved across the river and evolved into Riversport during the early 1980’s. Since the mid 80’s, Riversport has been a family owned business and premier instructional paddling school with a retail store located along the majestic Youghiogheny River in Confluence, Pennsylvania. We have a knowledgeable staff of ACA certified instructors, young National Geographic sponsored paddlers, professional ski instructors, and teachers that provide safe and positive learning experiences on the water. Our rental location specializes in recreation on the Youghiogheny River and Lake with stable Kayaks, stable SUPs and relaxing Rafting trips.


Our main store, instructional, and rental location is right next to the Youghiogheny Bridge on 281. We are across the river from the Outflow Campground, and next to the Lucky Dog Café.

Directions From East on Turnpike: Take I-76 West (PA TurnPike) Exit at Somerset (exit 10) drive straight from the toll booth to main intersection and follow 281 South signs to Confluence, PA (24 miles). Continue to follow 281 South through town. Then 281 S will take you across the Castleman River bridge and we are located just on the left before you cross the Yough River Bridge (next to the Lucky Dog Café)

Directions From Ohio & West on Turnpike: Take I-76 East (PA Turnpike) Exit at Donegal (old exit 9) turn Left out of toll booth and drive 1.5 miles to 711/381 intersection. Follow 711 to Normalville, then turn left onto 381 and continue to Ohiopyle. In Ohiopyle take Sugarloaf Road (between boater change house parking lots). Sugarloaf Road brings you to 281. Take a left, and continue down the hill on 281 N. You will cross the Youghiogheny River Bridge. We are located on the Right (next to the Lucky Dog Café)

Riversport School of Paddling

855 River Road

Confluence, PA 15424