Water Sports: Canoe, Kayak, Paddle Board

The NSCD paddle sports program is dedicated to providing an educational, therapeutic and fun experience for everyone. We have customized canoe, kayak and paddle board progressions for all ability levels. Our instructors review key participant information prior to the start of class and conduct an on-site assessment to place the participant in one of our three learning tracks. Friends and family are welcome. All equipment and adaptations are provided. Get your feet wet! Seasoned kayaker? Hone your freestyle skills and learn from our experienced instructors. Join our club-style atmosphere to meet new friends. Open to all abilities.

The NSCD is a Team River Runner chapter. We partner for instruction and adaptive equipment as needed. We invite all veterans to come out to the pool and improve their kayaking skills.

Get the chance to explore a number of different whitewater parks in Colorado’s Front Range and practice your paddling skills or pass on your expertise in a fun and safe water environment. Come prepared to challenge yourself and push your boundaries. When paddling with the NSCD, you will be provided a boat, life jacket, spray skirt (if necessary), helmet and paddle to use for the day. If the weather warrants it, we will also provide a wetsuit and other protective equipment. We suggest that you try to avoid wearing jeans or sweats (anything cotton) and instead dress in layers of fleece, wool, Capilene or synthetic clothing. Weather conditions can change quickly on the water and it is better to have too many layers than to be wet and/or cold! Participants must be independent and manage self-care or bring a care-giver to provide assistance.

Private Kayak, Raft, Paddle Board and Paracanoe Lessons
Rapid Paddling Progression I & II 
CommUNITY Paddle 
Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking 
Whitewater Social 


Individual Flatwater Lessons: Kayak, Paddle Board and Paracanoe
Perfect for the beginner or advanced paddler! Our ACA certified coaches will work with you at your level. Individuals join small groups of up to 5 people.

Dates: Thursdays, June 3rd, June 17th, July 1st, July 15th, July 29th, August 12th, and August 26th
Location: Cherry Creek State Park, West Shades Parking area
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Price: $99 per person | Free for veterans with a disability
Ages: 7 & up

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Individual Whitewater Lessons: Kayak and Raft
Perfect for the beginner or advanced paddler! Our ACA certified coaches will work with you at your level. Individuals join small groups of up to 3 people.

Dates: Thursdays, June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd, August 5th, and August 19th
Location: Cherry Creek State Park, West Shades Parking area
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Price: $99 per person | Free for veterans with a disability
Ages: 7 & up

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*Location may change or program may be canceled based on water conditions and level.


CommUNITY Paddle
Flatwater paddling for everyone! Enhance your canoe, kayak, paddle boarding and/or rafting skills. Bring your crew to paddle with our crew!

Dates: June 3rd, June 17th, July 1st, July 15th, July 29th, August 12th, and August 26th
Location: Cherry Creek State Park, West Shades Parking Area
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Price: $30 | Free for veterans with a disability
Ages: 7 & up

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*Location may change or program may be canceled based on water conditions and level.


Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
C’mon, you know you have always wanted to learn the Eskimo roll. This is your chance! Our pros will work with you side-by-side to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in the safety of a flatwater environment. You will learn the core elements of boat management, leaning and bracing, stokes and recovery and basic whitewater hydrology. This class is designed for the never-ever who always wanted to!

Dates: May 29th, June 19th, July 31st and September 21st
Location: Cherry Creek State Park, West Shades Parking area
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Price: $149 | Free for veterans with a disability
Ages: 7 & up

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*Location may change or program may be canceled based on water conditions and level.


Whitewater Social!
Join us for WHITEWATER fun! Join us at the local whitewater park for instruction and fun! No experience is necessary for this crew. Learn whatever you want to know and our pros will be there to keep you safe.

Dates: June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd, August 5th, and August 19th
Locations Include: Golden Playpark
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $30 | Free for veterans with a disability
Ages: 7 & up

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*Location may change or program may be canceled based on water conditions and level.

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