2024 Instructional Programs

For over 30 years, Riversport has been teaching quality instruction to thousands of beginners to advanced paddlers. We offer our progressive courses that focus on Safety, Proper Skills/ Technique, and Fun while in a positive learning Environment.

Our 4:1 Student to instructor ratio for group instruction allows individual to be comfortable and learn in a progressive manner. Students receive the best instruction in the appropriate class to match their goals. Our instructors are ACA Whitewater Certified, American Red Cross Certified with proper Wilderness First Responder, and Advanced First Aid/ CPR certifications.

Kayak Instruction Lessons- (includes all kayaking equipment, transportation, and lunch) 

Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 pm (45 min lunch break)

Private Instruction– 1 Person- $199

Group Lessons – 2 Person-$145 each

Group Lessons– 3 Person- $125 each

Group Lesson– 4 Person- $110 each

Group Lesson– 5 or more Persons- $95 each

Rolling/ Stroke Concept Lesson– 2 hours 1:1 instruction- $50 (9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. start)

Kayak Camps for Kids (5 Day Overnight Summer Sessions)

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 Camp Rivers: Cheat Narrows, Middle Yough, Lower Yough, Casselman River and ASCI) Early Registration Sale until 1/1/2024- $495   Normal Price $695

2) Advanced June Camp (6 Days Sunday-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

3) July Camp 9th-14th (Rivers: Cheat Narrows, Middle Yough, Lower Yough, Casselman River and ASCI)

Registration Sale until 1/1/2024- $495   Normal Price $695

4) Adventure July Camp (Our 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

5) August Camp 6th-11th (Rivers: Cheat Narrows, Middle Yough, Lower Yough, Casselman River and ASCI)

Registration Sale until 1/1/2024  $495 Normal Price $695

Camps 2023

2023 Kid Kayak Camps

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Levels – Beginner to Expert

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We take a combination of having a excellent location with great rivers, and take a excellent kayaking staff of diverse instructors. When you add the kids into the mix you get a great week of fun progressive instruction-based learning. Our staff includes a pro athletes, Nurses, PSIA certified ski instructors, National Ski Patrol members, High School educators, to ACA Full Certified Instructor. Most of our Beginner students go from Class I to Class III and master the Lower Yough and rolling. Our advanced group will learn new play boating moves, technical river running techniques, and how to run class IV+. During the week, students are able to experience Stand Up Paddle Boarding. We hop on boards at the Yough Lake during our evening cook out, and then take it down the river through class II rapids. Then work on River Rescue Skills. Each session we paddle at the Adventure Sports Center Institute, Yough River, Cheat Narrows, Valley Falls, or Cassleman Rivers. Basically, wherever the water levels take us.

Our program’s main focus is to build confidence and skills in younger paddlers, while providing a safe learning environment. Each day we take our students through a progression that allows river running techniques, self-rescue, river rescue, play boating, and creek boating skills. Our week begins on the Yough Lake above our river store location. From here we divide groups into appropriate levels of abilities to begin a great week of building skills and confidence on the water.

  • Request any Kayak Equipment at the time you sign up.
  • Drop Off & Camping for the week is located at Riversport with Private Shower and Bathroom.
  • Lucky Dog Café Next to Riversport Provides Meals.                          
  • Supervision by 2 or more instructors at all times.
  • Rivers Visited: Yough River, Cheat Narrows, WV , Valley Falls on Tygart, WV, Stoney Creek, PA

 

June Kids Camp                             Closed

Advanced Kayak Camp 1             Closed

July Kids Camp                                Closed

Adventure Camp                            July 23- July 28, 2023– 5 Day Course Early Registration Price $475/ $675

August Kids Camp                       August 6-August 11, 2023 5 Day Course Early Registration Price $475/ $675

Stand Up Paddling Yough Lake or Middle Yough

Morning Session 9-12 or Afternoon Session 1-5 $30  (add $10 for easy transport by Riversport to the Lake)

Full Day Session $50 Includes SUP board, Paddle, & PFD

Riversport offers the relaxing  sport of SUP here in the Yough Valley. What a better way to incorporate the great core work out of SUP on the Yough Lake or easy class II Yough River setting. We have a variety of SUP boards for you to try out on flatwater or to take on moving water down the peaceful Middle Yough.

Parent Child Camp July 21-23 2023

July 23-25  Friday 9 Am-Sunday PM –3 day Format

There is nothing better than spending quality time with family. Now just add a little white water action and fun with some great instruction. Mix it all together and you get a week of learning quality skills, camping under the stars, paddling with some of the best instructors, and taking home experiences that will always be special memories. We do a evening Cook out and Stand Up Paddle Board trip on the 2nd day on the Yough Lake.

We begin with focusing on the essentials of kayaking. All skill levels are welcome. We take students and establish goals for the week. Then, we are off to the river for some experiences that will be treasured. As the week moves forward, we will bring the family members back together to finish out a final session on the river.

Cost: $500 for Parent and Child

Add $50 for each additional member

All Equipment is included, and lunch is provided by Lucky Dog Cafe each day.

White Water 1 – Beginner Kayak

Our beginner class starts with creating a solid foundation of skills that will allow you to confidently go forward to our next day of instruction, or to take home and practice. The course begins on the warm waters of the Yough Lake, and finishes at our camp location at Ram Cat Rapid on the Middle Yough, or lower Casselman River.

This course is for the true first-time kayaker, or recreational kayaker looking to cross over to the wonderful world of white water.

*We recommend a 2-day course to really create a solid foundation of skills, or private instruction

Classes Include kayak equipment transportation, and lunch

Private Instruction $199- includes kayak equipment transportation, and lunch, and your own instructor to focus on goals and skill building. A perfect way to advance your level quickly and have fun in a solo setting.

**Create Your Class & Save**– Bring your friends or family on a kayaking adventure.

2 people ($150 per person)

3 people ($120 per person)

4 people ($110 per person)  

5 people or more ($95 per person) -Includes 2 Instructors

Course time: 9AM – 4:30 PM

White Water 2 – Novice

Our next course moves into the exciting realm of learning stronger skills in Class II+ white water. In this course we will continue on from the previous day’s lesson or begin with a on water analysis of your current ability level. Generally, the early part of the day will focus on learning the “Sweep,” or “C-to-C” roll in the morning. During the afternoon we move to Class II+ moving water to practice more rolling in moving water, but more importantly dialing in your paddling technique.

Most students who take this course have had some experience on moving water in a kayak, but still need improvement/ confidence in Class II whitewater. We focus on boat control skills introducing eddy turns and peel outs. You will begin linking “combination strokes” to give more control and acceleration while in a kayak.

Classes Include kayak equipment transportation, and lunch

Private Instruction $199- includes kayak equipment transportation, and lunch, and your own instructor to focus on goals and skill building. A perfect way to advance your level quickly and have fun in a solo setting.

**Create Your Class & Save**– Bring your friends or family on a kayaking adventure.

2 people ($150 per person)

3 people ($120 per person)

4 people ($110 per person)  

5 people or more ($95 per person) -Includes 2 Instructors

Course time: 9AM – 4:30 PM

White Water 3 – Intermediate

At this level, students are ready for more of a challenge under the watchful guidance of their instructor. You should have a good flat water roll, and experience in Class II and may be some Class III whitewater. Students should have good boat control doing eddy turns and peel outs. We start by taking students to a easy class II+ section of river to warm up and review their abilities before heading out to our favorite section on the lower Yough called the “Loop.” This section allows us tap into world renowned classic class III whitewater.

Students experience stronger river flows, gradient, and faster current. We also begin to introduce mild play on certain river features such as catching small waves to feel the sensation of surfing on water. Good technique is also emphasized. Open boater canoe students should have a knowledge of strokes, eddy turns/ peel out and would like to work up to the Lower Yough.

Classes Include kayak equipment transportation, and lunch

Private Instruction $199- includes kayak equipment transportation, and lunch, and your own instructor to focus on goals and skill building. A perfect way to advance your level quickly and have fun in a solo setting.

**Create Your Class & Save**– Bring your friends or family on a kayaking adventure.

2 people ($150 per person)

3 people ($120 per person)

4 people ($110 per person)  

5 people or more ($95 per person) -Includes 2 Instructors

Course time: 9AM – 4:30 PM

White Water 4 – Advanced

Students are ready to paddle the whole Lower Yough. We spend a full day on the river working on river running techniques and tapping into the many great play features on the Yough. This course will show students the proper way of running technical lines, proper surfing methods, flat spins, cartwheels, and other moves on the water. What ever the goals for the day, we offer flexibility to meet your needs.

Classes Include kayak equipment transportation, and lunch

Private Instruction $199- includes kayak equipment transportation, and lunch, and you own instructor to focus on your own goals and skill building. A perfect way to advance your level quickly and have fun in a solo setting.

**Create Your Class & Save**– Bring your friends or family on a kayaking adventure.

2 people ($150 per person)

3 people ($120 per person)

4 people ($110 per person)  

5 people or more ($95 per person) -Includes 2 Instructors

Course time: 9AM – 4:30 PM

1/2 Day Roll & Strokes Concept Class

Improve or learn to kayak roll in this 2 hour session that takes you to a warm calm environment on the Yough Lake. Fine tune the essential kayak roll that will work best with your learning style, and kayak design. C-to-C Roll or Sweep Roll will be presented. Offered is a review of correct paddle strokes with edge control movements.

Cost $50 /person

Course time: Call to Schedule a appointment (times vary based on existing Kayak camps and Booked Full Day Lessons)

Not Offered Currently (Day Touring Adventure)

Even though we offer instruction on the calm pristine Youghiogheny lake, there is more fun just below along the mild and scenic Middle Yough River (Class I-Class II). We use recreational, and day touring kayaks to explore this excellent section of river. This class is all about learning proper strokes, self rescue techniques, natural history of the area, and how to turn your Rec kayak into a vehicle for visiting beautiful rivers with mild whitewater. Our classes begin at 10 a.m. at the Riversport Store and finishes at 3 p.m. in Ohiopyle.

$ Not Currently offered due to our kid kayak camps being held daily through late August