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945 W Broadway, PO Box 1205
Jackson, WY, 83001


To provide all with the opportunity to safely enjoy the waterways of the greater Yellowstone area through youth programs, competitive events, conservation and education.



Intermediate to Advanced River Running Progression

  • Age: 13-18
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursday 2:30-7:30 pm and Fridays 9am-5pm
  • Spring: M, W, F 4:00-8:00

2016 Dates

  • Spring: 5/15/16 - 6/13/16 
  • Swiftwater and Skills Camp: 6/10/11-6/11/11
  • Session 1: 6/19/16 - 7/7/16
  • Session 2: 7/10/16 - 7/28/16
  • Session 3: 7/31/16 - 8/18/16

Program Description

The River Explorers program exposes athletes with confident kayaking skills to upper-level river-running techniques while mixing in training for freestyle, downriver racing, slalom racing and advanced river-safety topics. Sessions will be based around free paddling while integrating tactical exercises and challenges to develop athletes into confident, all-around kayakers. An emphasis on rolling in moving water provides athletes with the skills and confidence to comfortably paddle Class III whitewater with plenty of opportunity for progression. Athletes must have approval from a River Otters coach to paddle with the River Explorers. Explorers will paddle the Canyon, the Hoback at high water, and other local creeks and rivers, as well as travelling around the rest of Wyoming and Idaho. 

Specific Skills Focus

River safety and awareness; rolling in moving water; swimming in whitewater; advanced paddle strokes and boat control techniques; perfecting eddy turns; basic river rescue scenarios; surfing and freestyle; and basics of slalom racing

Travel Team

New for 2017 is the Travel Team. The focus of this group will be skill and decision making development, with an added focus on competition and progressing to more challenging rivers. The Travel Team and Explorers will meet the same days and times, but on many days paddle different rivers. 

Spring Paddling

There will be two groups for spring paddling this year, a class III/IV group and a class III group. Groups will meet different days and paddle the Hoback, Canyon, Granite Creek, and other area rivers. Please see the gear list for additional spring paddling gear. 

Swiftwater and Skills Camp

New for 2017 is the JHKC Swiftwater and Skills camp. The camp will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, from 9:00-5:00. Certified Swiftwater rescue instructors, Rainer and Eric, will be running the camp. Mornings will be spent learning swiftwater specific skills and practicing scenarios. Afternoons will be spent on the river putting these skills to the test. We will be going over throwbagging, using a rescue tether, safely swimming in whitewater, basic rope systems and knots, scene assessment, and decision making. This is ideal for JHKC athletes who are beginning to paddle class III-IV whitewater, or who are beginning to paddle on their own. Come to class prepared to be in the water (renting a drysuit from Rendezvous River Sports would be a good idea). 


Spring Session: $550 (Includes Swiftwater and Skills Camp)

Swiftwater and Skills Camp: $100

Single Session: $425

Summer (all 3 sessions): $1050

Spring and Summer: $1500