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Paddle Sports: Canoe, Kayak, SUP

NSCD Paddle Programs

The NSCD paddle sports program is dedicated to providing an educational, therapeutic and fun experience for everyone. We have customized canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) 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. Make new friends, hone your paddling chops and get instruction from our staff all year round. 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.

The NSCD offers a wide-range of water activities that are held year-round either indoor, or outdoor (on lakes or rivers.)

Indoor Paddling Programs
Outdoor Paddling Programs
Lake Day Fun


Indoor Paddling Club

During the Indoor Paddling Club you will have the chance to learn and test your paddling skills in a fun and safe environment. Learn the basics or refine advanced paddling skills from certified and experienced instructors. This program is a great fit for both the veteran boater looking to stay sharp in the off-season or a novice wanting to learn the basics so they can hit the river when the season comes. Please join the NSCD and Team River Runner at the Carmody Recreation Center every Monday night.

Dates: Mondays, Year-Round
Location: Carmody Recreation Center | 2200 S Kipling St., Lakewood, CO 80227
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Price: $15 | Free for veterans with a disability | 1 Adventure Punch Pass
Ages: 5 and older


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Outdoor Paddling Club

In our Outdoor Paddling Club you will get the chance to explore a number of different whitewater parks in the Denver metro area. Practice your paddling skills or pass on your expertise in a fun and safe whitewater environment. Come prepared to challenge yourself and push your boundaries on the river. 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!


Outdoor Paddling Club concluded for the 2018 season on July 26th, due to low water levels. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our Indoor Paddling Club, which is year-round. We look forward to seeing you back out on the water with us in 2019! 

Dates: Thursdays, May – August
Location: Golden Play Park | Golden, CO
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Price: $25 | Free for veterans with a disability | 2 Adventure Pass Punches
Ages: 7 and older

*location may change based on water conditions and water level

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Lake Day Fun

Learn water safety and skills in a beautiful environment. Great team-building activity! Try for the first time or hone in on your skills at canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Available to groups of 5 or more. Permit area is located in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest.

Dates: Call to schedule
Location: Grand County lakes or Denver-area lakes
Price: Three Hours $35 | Full Day $60 (Grand County Lakes)  | Two Hour $25 (Denver)

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