With 82 rivers running through the state of Texas, kayaking is big business. Rivers drain into the Mississippi, the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico, making the state a bit like a big sieve. Furthermore, warm groundwater bubbles up into springs that feed large rivers, like the San Marcos River, the Llano River and the San Saba River. Throughout the state of Texas, kayak instructors make use of the variety of water "personalities" to teach customized kayaking lessons.
Austin Canoe and Kayak specializes in kayak fishing tours, but they also teach a beginner's canoe class in Houston as well as basic river skills in the San Marcos River. This whitewater course is a two-and-a-half day overnight trip that covers everything from packing your gear, maintaining your equipment, a variety of strokes, wet exits, river reading and different launches. Equipment is provided in both the intro to kayaking class and the basic river skills.
Austin Canoe & Kayak
9705 Burnet Road #102
Austin, TX 78758
The Kayak Klinic Kayaking School in Dallas offers kayaking lessons. They offer private and group classes. Their beginner kayaking classes teach a low angle and a high angle paddling technique, allowing students to choose which paddle they're most comfortable with. They also have a variety of kayaks to choose from, so students can find one they prefer. in addition to beginner classes, they offer whitewater kayaking and advanced kayaking as well as tours throughout the state.
The Kayak Klinic at High Trails Canoe
3610 Marquis Dr.
Garland, TX 75042
The Red River Racing Team of the David and Debbie Power Olympic Outdoor Center offer kayak lessons and canoeing instruction with both flatwater and whitewater experiences, to suit all ages and fitness levels. Olympic hopefuls Michelle and Ben Kvanli worked to create a regulation whitewater rafting course in Texas and the Red River Racing Team has an impressive track record. The San Marcos River is spring fed, so the water remains warm all year long. The offer classes designed to help improve kayaking speed and train junior Olympic kayakers. They're located across from the Rio Vista Falls Whitewater Park.
Olympic Outdoor Center
602 North Interstate 35
San Marcos, TX 78666
Article Written By Lisa Russell
Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.