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River Rescue Training

"Took a Swift water rescue class and I have to say they were top notch on all basis."

Took a Swift water rescue class and I have to say they were top notch on all basis. Knowledgeable and absolutely professional on all aspects.

– Anne, Google Reviews

"Zoar has been there for me every step of the way"

Zoar has been there for me every step of the way: from being a total beginner needing instruction, to falling in love with the sport and needing gear, to taking swiftwater rescue courses and now even looking ahead to getting ACA certifications.

– Reilly, Google Reviews

"Had a great swiftwater rescue clinic"

Had a great swiftwater rescue clinic with Alex & Julianna. The water was higher than expected and they were able to adjust plans and use different locations to achieve the goals of the clinic. Nice job!

– Stephen, Google Reviews

"Top notch instruction"

I attended a two day swiftwater rescue clinic led by Sara Dorsey. Sara was enthusiastic, extremely knowledgeable, adaptable (super high water, our specific goals and interests and skills/limitations), and responsive to us. She was good at sequencing and pacing the learning and letting learn a lot experientially with valuable debrief and alternatives afterwards. Top notch instruction. Thanks for a useful two days!

– Tim, TripAdvisor

Paddlesports are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while choosing your level of adventure. Zoar Outdoor offers whitewater kayaking and canoeing lessons on the Deerfield River in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts to suit every level of paddler, from beginner to advanced. We are conveniently located 30 minutes north of Williamsburg and 45 minutes from Northampton.

Our kayaking and canoeing instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and tailor every clinic to your needs. Whether you are interested in an introduction to the sport of kayaking or canoeing or you’re taking your paddling skills to the next level with playboating, river rescue, or another clinic, our paddlesports school has a course for you.

Start a lifetime of river memories by kayaking in Massachusetts this season with Zoar Outdoor!