Learn about Paddling in our Kayaking, Canoeing, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding; beginner, intermediate and advanced programs.

Open Kayak Roll Sessions, March 1st, 2015
Already own your own boating gear and looking for some cheap pool time to nail that roll? Join us at the Gator Aquatic Center this Sunday evening for an open kayak roll session. Professional staff will be on-hand to assist you and ensure water safety but no formal instruction or equipment will be provided. You must be able to swim.

Date: March 1st, 2015
Registration Fee: $5
Registration will be accepted at the time of the program
Location: Gator Aquatic Center

SUP Yoga Classes,
(18+,10+ with adult) Hang 10 with your asana! Are you looking to take your love for SUP or yoga to the next level? Why not combine the two! You will experience the ultimate combination of balance and focus in a new setting while still practicing classic yoga poses and techniques. Our experienced instructor from Uttara Yoga Studio will help you learn the proper stance for balance and control on a stand-up paddleboard while exercising traditional yoga form and alignment. All equipment and leadership is provided. Prior Yoga or paddling experience is not necessary, but extremely beneficial. It is also strongly recommended you are able to swim.

Program Date: Register By: Register:
March 8th March 5th Here!
March 22nd March 19th Here!

Matt Warrior two-edit for PRTime: 6-7pm
Registration fee: $20 per class
Location: Gator Aquatic Center




Chesapeake Bay-Sea Kayaking, May 22nd-25th, 2015
Historic Mathews County, VA holds one of the most productive estuaries on the bay. Beginners and experienced paddlers will explore the many treasures these western shore creeks and waterways hold. Prior to the trip, we will learn basic paddling techniques here, and you can take these skills out on the Mathews Blueway Water Trail and the bay itself. We will also visit the bay’s third oldest lighthouse, New Point Comfort, and enjoy wonderful Chesapeake Bay cuisine. All lodging, two meals per day (excluding dinners), equipment, transportation and leadership are provided.

Dates: May 22nd-25th 2015Chesapeake Bay Paddling
Registration Fee: $559
Register By: March 13th with $125 deposit
$434 due by May 1st

Register: HERE!

Instructional Kayak Roll Session, March 15th, 2015
Tired of bailing your boat every time you flip? Our certified kayaking instructors are ready to help you take your skills to the next level. They will spend most of their time in the water next to you as they guide you through each step of the roll. Our low student-to-instructor ratio gives you plenty of personal attention during each lesson. Classes are held in a controlled indoor pool. All technical equipment can be provided or you can bring your own. You must be able to swim.Kayak Roll poolside-edit for PR

Date: March 15th (6-8pm)
Registration Fee: $20
Register by: March 13th
Register Online: March!
Location: Gator Aquatic Center

Stand Up Paddleboarding Day Trips
Spend the day learning everything you need to know to get started in the exciting sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. “SUP”. Our American Canoe Associated (ACA) certified instructor will help you learn one on one, the proper stance for balance and control, essential paddle strokes and other techniques. Courses will be held on calm water, and no experience is necessary. Come with us to learn one of the fastest growing paddle sports in the world. All equipment, leadership and transportation are provided. Participants must be able to swim.

Program Date Register By Register:
April 19th April 17th Here!
May 2nd April 30th Here!

Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Explore Park, Rutrough Road put-in
Cost: $39

After Work Paddle at Carvins Cove, dates belowPaddling
Paddle off into the sunset with Parks and Rec, after work at Carvins Cove. We will take weekly trips to the cove to canoe and sea kayak. After a long day at work relax and enjoy some paddling time with friends. All instruction and equipment is provided.

Program Date Register By Register:
April 21st April 17th Here!
April 28th April 24rd Here!
May 5th May 1st Here!
May 19th May 15th Here!
May 26th May 22nd Here!

Time: 6-8pm
Location: Carvins Cove Boat Dock
Cost: $15

Roanoke Gorge After Work Whitewater, dates below
(18+, 14+ with an adult) You’ve got the whitewater kayak basics down and now want to get on the best beginner whitewater run around. Join local paddlers and City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation Staff in an after work run of the Roanoke River Gorge. This section of the Roanoke River starts at the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge and winds through the scenic gorge with class 2 whitewater rapids to the end of Rutrough Road at the confluence with Back Creek. This is a great way to meet other people who want to get out and on the water, know there are knowledgeable people in the group with River Safety, as well as learn about other opportunities to further your paddling experiences through City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation. You must have your own gear for this trip. Life jackets/PFDs and helmets are required. You must be able to swim.

Program Date Register By: Register:
April 22nd April 20th Here!
May 6th May 4th Here!

Location: Roanoke Gorge Overlook Parking Lot on Blue Ridge Parkway near mile post 115
Cost: Free

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking, June 13, 2015
Paddling(18+, 14+ with an adult) Spend a day on the river learning fundamental whitewater kayaking skills and river safety. Our American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors will discuss paddling strokes, “reading a river,” equipment selection, and basic river rescue. This exciting beginner clinic prepares you to paddle on your own and will familiarize you with nearby river access points, outfitters, and more!
All equipment, leadership, and transportation
are provided. Participants must be able to swim.

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $39
Meeting Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 11.

Introduction to Kayak Surfing, June 19, 2015
(18+, 14+ with an adult) Whitewater kayaks can be surfed on a standing wave in a river as well as stood up on an eddy line. Come find out how to make the most of your playboat or kayak in this intro clinic! Participants must be able to swim, roll a kayak in moving water, and feel comfortable paddling class 2 whitewater.


Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $29
Meeting Location: Public Works Service Center 1802 Courtland Road NE in Roanoke
Register Here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 17.