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WHITEWATER KAYAK beginner course - Level 1

WHITEWATER KAYAK beginner course - Level 1


Our Level 1 River Kayaking course is a perfect course for anyone who is willing to learn the fundamental skills of Whitewater Kayaking in order to be able to navigate themselves safely down smaller rapids on – Grade II – rivers.

The aim of this course is to provide beginner Whitewater Kayakers with a fun two days on the river building a solid foundation of  basic whitewater kayaking skills.

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Beginners course river kayaking

We will focus on developing your personal paddling skills, teaching you how to read the river, safe river running strategies as well as some basic whitewater safety and rescue techniques.

Getting some great tips from our qualified coaches is the perfect way to start off building a solid foundation and will guarantee you  a lifetime of Whitewater river adventures, there is no better way to start.


  • Basic Strokes Leaning & turning
  • Simple rescue – self & others
  • River etiquette
  • Grade 1-2 whitewater
  • Scouting & river hazards
  • Reading water
  • Breaking in & out of the current
  • Ferry glides


WHITEWATER KAYAK – Novice Course – Level 2

WHITEWATER KAYAK – Novice Course – Level 3





2 Days/16 hrs total


  • May 21 and 22
  • June 18 and 19
  • June 25 and 26
  • August 6 and 7
  • September 3 and 4



  • May 20 and 21
  • June 24 and 25
  • August 5 and 6
  • September 2 and 3


*Specific dates available on request. Minimum 3 participants or payment equivalent.




You will usually be in a group of four with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the day’s activity with you.


Day one we will start on flat water or in a river pool before moving onto a Grade 1 river section so we can start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in a controlled environment.

On day two we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs, this should include some Grade 2.

Whilst on the river we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling skills. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends.

As part of this whitewater safety and rescue is essential, there may be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the day as well.

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What to expect

We offer a kayak course in Norway unlike any other, take a stroll down the Raundal River while learning from river lover professionals with a vast international whitewater experience.

River Knowledge 87%
Adrenaline 93%
Skills to learn for a lifetime 96%

F.A.Q. – River Kayak course with Outdoor Norway and our answers.

No, you don’t. Most of our guests are first-timers and our river kayak course is safe, with good teaching methodology, quality equipment, and briefings are designed to put beginners at ease. Our experienced Coach will provide a safety orientation before you get on the water and recommend you the best spots to safely navigate with the kayak.

Yes. For all whitewater programs provided by Outdoor Norway swimming ability is required due to safety reasons.

You do not need to be a swimmer expert but during the course you may go upside down with your kayak and need to exit from the kayak, in that case you should be confident and able to swimming for about 50 meters (approximately) until reach the shoreline or towards the instructor’s kayak.

We provide PFD (Personal Flotation Device, also knowing as life-jacket) but a PFD can not swim by itself.

It is important for us to know if you have a medical condition when you participate on our whitewater kayak course. In this case we can take better care of you and avoid accidents, if any problem happens, our guides are more prepared and can faster solve the problem.

All of our guides are certified whitewater rescuer, they renew their licence every 2-3 years and have a wide variety of experience.

Unfortunately you can not participate on any of our whitewater program if you are

  • not swimmer
  • under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • blind

Please consult us if you have the below so we can evaluate possibilities together:

  • physically or mentally disabled
  • deaf

You might be able to join to our whitewater tours
Please consult us about your medical condition if you have :

  • asthma, epilepsy or diabetes
  • heart condition
  • spine problem (spinal hernia, problem with discs…),
  • had an operation in the last 2 years
  • blood clotting problem
  • any injury in the last 2 years (broken bones, dislocated shoulder..),
  • serious allergy
  • any other medical condition which is not listed above


Please let us know if you need any medicine during the tour, you can take it with you to the river. Our Instructor have a waterproof box for First aid kit, they can put your medicine into it. And last but not least Please inform your Instructor about your medical condition!

We can kayaking as soon as the ice is off the rivers and up until the snow falls again!
Therefore our operational season is from May to the mid of October. If you have a group and wish to learn kayak out of our main season you must inquiry via email to check the activity availability.


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If your trip is cancelled due to COVID, choose free between date changes, account credit or full refund.


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For Any Query Contact us


Summer Outdoor Shop address:
Evangervegen, 14
Voss, Norway
Find us on the waterfront, close to the Voss Gondola, in front of Fleischer’s Hotel. 
Click here for google maps directions.

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