New Mexico Kayaking Instruction



New Mexico Kayak Instructional Programs, Kayak Rentals and Demos 



Professionally Guided Kayaking Lessons

Atom Crawford ACA Certified Level 4 Kayak Instructor

Atom grew up in Dixon, NM on the bank of the, Class V Embudo Creek and has kayaked and instructed kayaking for years in New Mexico and Colorado. His boating experiences are as wild and exciting as the Class V creeks he runs. Atom is famous in these parts, as the author or "Funnel" (the DVD guidebook) to the creeks on Northern New Mexico, and is the unofficial ambassador to the Class V creeks of the area.

Jeffrey Harris ACA Certified Level 4 Kayak Instructor

Once Jeff experienced the thrill of whitewater he, changed his life to pursue his new addiction. Running rivers all around his home in Northern New Mexico. The Rio Grande, Rio Chama, and Colorado's Arkansas, Piedra, Animas, and Colorado River rack among his favorites. While Jeff has been boating since early childhood, his professional career began in 2005 with and incredible high-water year on the Rio Grande. Every since then, his love of rivers has been his career, from raft guiding, to kayak and swiftwater rescue instruction.

Intro to Kayaking on the Rio Grande: 3-day Course. Approximately 6 hours each day. $395. Minimum 4 people. Rental equipment provided free of charge.
Start out learning the basics of kayaking safety and movements, wet exits, bracing, and paddle strokes. Day one begins with detailed instruction of the fundamental skills required to safely navigate a kayak. As the course progresses you will learn basic river features and skills to start you on the right foot for learning to kayak. Lots of time will be spent teaching you how to brace properly, Paddle into and out of eddies, and ferry across currents.
Course participants may camp in Pilar, or meet each morning.

Private Kayaking Instruction on the Rio Grande: Full-day of private kayaking on the Rio Grande. aprox.6 hrs, $299.00 for the first paddler , $149.00 each additional person. Equipment provided if needed. Enjoy lunch at the Pilar Yacht Club Cafe. Half-day approx. 3 hrs, $169.00, $99.00 each additional person.

Guided Kayak Runs for Experienced Kayakers: Maybe you've completed our 3-day course and are looking for a little support on your first trips down the Class III Racecourse, or you've been paddeling for a while and are looking to step it up. A guided run is a smart decision. Organize a group of three or more, and we'll take you down. (levels permitting) Guided Racecourse trip $99.00 per person (minimum 4 people). Equipment available at an additional cost.

Kayak Rental/Demo: Full-day Boat only $45 Package $55 (Includes Helmet, PFD, Paddle, and Skirt) Pickup and drop off at our Santa Fe location: 1401 Maclovia St, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Reservations recommended to ensure proper size boat availability.