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Private Instruction

Any Day, Any Craft

Hard shell Kayak, Sit-On-Top Kayak, Inflatable Kayak, SUP, Canoe, Raft- whatever your experience or ability, you will benefit from the personal attention of private instruction. If you’re a beginner, private lessons allow you to learn at exactly your pace. For novices and beyond, your instructor will help you achieve your goals and move on to the next level. We are happy to customize lessons of any length to fit your schedule. We also cater to larger groups for corporate retreats, family reunions or multisport adventure groups. Private lessons are available on a daily basis March through October.


We offer courses for all levels of experience and fitness on the river. If you want a more relaxing day on the river we can take you on a mellow paddle on one of the upper sections of the Snake River and work on basic paddling skills while floating through beautiful mountain scenery. If you are feeling more adventuresome we can take you on a more exciting section of river and challenge you with harder maneuvers through waves, holes, and eddies. In the Jackson Hole Valley we have 60 miles of river on the Snake, Hoback, and Flat Creek ranging from class I moving water to class IV big water. Our instructors will find the perfect combination of river stretch and craft to make sure you have a great time on the water!

Course Length

Half day lessons - Our half day courses are great for getting out on the water for a few hours. Half day lessons run around 4-4.5 hours. You can expect around 2 hours on the water after gearing up, transportation to the river, and the off water instruction. The half day lessons run daily 8:30am - 1pm(ish), 2pm - 6:30pm(ish), and in midsummer 5pm - 9:30pm(ish). Half day lessons are great for getting a feel for the river, but if you want the full river experience we recommend you go for the full day!

Full day lessons - Our full day lessons are a great way to get a true river experience and learn how to paddle your craft. We will spend the whole day on the river experiencing the natural surroundings and learning from your world class instructors how to efficiently and effectively maneuver your craft. Our full day lessons include lunch and all of the equipment and transportation for the day. Lessons typically run from 9am - 5pm daily. After gearing up, transportation, off water instruction, and Lunch we plan on around 5-6 hours of on water instruction.

Multi-day Private lessons - This is the lesson for you if you really want to learn how to whitewater kayak, SUP, or Canoe. Multiple days on the river allow you to really grasp the concepts of the sport and experience the different river sections our valley has to offer.


The cost of private instruction is on a sliding scale depending on how many folks are in your group and how long you want to go for. We aim for a 4:1 student to instructor boat ratio on the river, so the more folks you bring the more world class kayak instructors you get all to yourselves on the river!

  Half Day Full Day
One Person $305 $405
Two People $205/person $260/person
Three People $170/person $210/person
Four to Six People $145/person $180/person
Seven or More $130/person $160/person


Multiday Private Group Lessons 

We offer 2 day kayaking group lessons throughout the year. If the dates don't work for your group, or you want private instruction for your group, you can create your own dates for any of our Multiday Group Lessons. All you need is to get at least two other friends to join you for the Private Group Lesson rates.

  2 Day 3 Day 4 Day
Three People (minimum) $335/person $475/person $615/person
Four + People $335/person $475/person $615/person
Kayaking on the Snake River near Jackson WY

Hard shell kayaking on the Snake River
near Jackson WY

Stand Up Paddleboarding near Jackson WY

Stand Up Paddleboarding private instruction
on the local rivers or Lakes

Private Sit-On-Top kayak instruction on the Snake River near Jackson WY

Private Sit-On-Top kayak instruction on the
Snake River near Jackson WY

Canoeing on the Snake River near Jackson WY

Private Canoe Lessons on Slide Lake or the
Snake River

Inflatable Kayak Lesson on the Snake River near Jackson WY

Inflatable Kayak Lesson on the Snake River
near Jackson WY

Private instructional rafting on the Snake River near Jackson WY

Private instructional rafting on the Snake River
near Jackson WY


Call now to make a reservation (307)733-2471 or write

Jackson Hole Kayak School is a permitee of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and an equal opportunity provider

Private Instruction