Contoocook River Canoe Co. offers a range of instructional ACA courses from beginner to advanced skills. Our courses cover kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards (SUPs). 

Our Classes run rain or shine. If we encounter thunder and lightning we will pull off the water and wait the storm out. We have a covered screen porch at the water.

2018 Course Schedule

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  • No Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding classes.

Course Prices

6-hour Introduction to Kayaking Course held on the Contoocook River - $100.00 per paddler.

5-hour Rolling Clinic and Rescue Clinic held in the Rolf Park Pool and on the Contoocook River - $125.00 per paddler.

Thursday evening Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Contoocook River - $30.00 per paddler


If you need to rent a kayak with PFD and paddle add $25.00 to the course price. The instructional kayaks are touring or sea kayaks.


Our student to instructor ratio is 6 to 1. The maximum number of paddlers in a course is 12. Once over 6 paddlers, a second kayak instructor will be added to the course. We require 4 students to run a course.

Private or group lessons are available.

Please call for pricing and to reserve your place in an upcoming course (603) 753-9804.

Course Gear Checklist:

  • Kayak

  • Paddle

  • PFD / Life Jacket

  • Kayak / Canoe (if you are not renting)

  • Your lunch

  • Water

  • Change of cloths

  • Towel

  • Bug spray

  • Sun block

  • Water shoes

  • Tee shirt (wicking if possible)

  • Sunglasses / Hat with lanyard

  • If you are taking the rolling / Rescue Clinic you need a skirt for you kayak.

You WILL be getting wet so you will want to have a bathing suit on. If you like you can wear a pair shorts and a tee shirt over your bathing suit, wicking materials are best.

Check out our schedule of courses, guided tours and other special events.