Our Kayaking Programs

Kayak and Canoe Instruction

Always wanted to learn to kayak, try rock climbing, practice your canoeing techniques or hone your whitewater skills? Zoar Outdoor, New England’s Leader in Outdoor Adventure, has assembled a team of friendly professional instructors with in-depth technical training and field experience to offer the best in outdoor adventure instruction.

We offer clinics for beginners to experts from our base in southern New England including:

Guided Kayak Rentals on the Deerfield River

Kayaking down Massachusetts' Deerfield River is a great way to see the Berkshires and to spend a warm summer day outside and active! These boats are easy to paddle and very stable, making them a great way to get a taste of whitewater kayaking with minimal instruction.

We rent both single and double kayaks daily from May through September. Singles are great for those 10 years old and over who want the freedom to challenge the river on their own, while doubles give kids as young as 7 an opportunity to share a boat with an adult and enjoy the river.  Guides accompany every trip on the river to help you find the correct line and to maximize your river experience.

While these trips are not instructional clinics, they are a wonderful way to explore the Deerfield River with a guide close by to offer support, paddling suggestions and insight into the natural and cultural history of the area. 

Our trip features both Class I and II rapids. With opportunities to swim and splash in the waters of the Deerfield, this trip provides a wonderful afternoon adventure for families, schools, scout and camp groups. It takes about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, including registration, outfitting and transportation to the river.