Registration coming soon for these 2017 courses:

May 13, Introduction to Moving Water

May 20, Introduction to Kayaking (outdoor session)

June 3, Introduction to Moving Water

July 8, Introduction to Kayaking (outdoor session)

TBD, Introduction to Kayaking (outdoor session)

Past and Seasonal Events 

See what you missed out on and can expect more of next year!

Let us know if you'd like to see more of these types of offerings throughout the year.

2017 Offerings:

Roll Practice Sessions

All sessions held at the Groveport Rec Center  7370 Groveport Rd, Groveport, OH 43125 and Westerville Rec Center 350 N. Cleveland Ave,  Westerville  OH 43082

Sundays January -  April

Introduction to Whitewater

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Learn to paddle whitewater with Columbus Outdoor Pursuits!

The 2017 Intro to Whitewater Clinic is designed for those students interested in learning to paddle in swift(er) moving water or whitewaterWe will spend the day on the Rocky Fork & Paint Creek in southern Ohio

You will learn a progression of whitewater paddling skills on the water during this one-day clinic. Starting Saturday morning at Rocky Fork Lake State Park this clinic teaches the necessary skills for paddling most of Ohio's fast moving rivers and is the first step toward Class III and greater whitewater kayaking.

2016 Offerings:

Swift Water Rescue Course

Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5    

This is open to anyone.  


Price includes instruction and 2 nights camping.

The ACA "level 4" rescue class with Charlie Walbridge is intended for intermediate paddlers, comfortable making ferries and eddy turns in Class II-III water. Good swimming ability is also needed. We cover whitewater swimming and wading, throw bag use, rescue life vests, boat unpinning, entrapment rescue, and scene management.

Students will need all paddling gear, including a PFD, helmet, wetsuit, and foot protection. The wetsuit is needed because we spend a lot of time in the water and you'll get cold even in the warm months. Everyone should bring a throw bag, 2 carabiners, and a webbing belt or 8' of 1" tubular webbing. Bring a comfortable chair for land sessions, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

Classes run 8-5 Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday. The morning is classroom work, afternoons are on the water.

Location: Albright, WV  -  Cheat Narrows or other available river depending on water levels

Intro to River Kayaking


May 14

June 4

Want to explore the rivers of Ohio and beyond?  Curious about back ferries and eddy turns but too shy to ask?  Intro to River Kayaking (IRK) is for you!  This class introduces the skills you need to take charge of your boat and travel safely on Class I rivers. 

Before taking this class, students must complete COP Kayak I, COP QuickStart Kayak, or an equivalent class.  Students should be comfortable performing a wet exit and should have some very basic kayaking experience. 

The cost for the class is $65 for COP Members, $75 for Non-Members.  Kayaks are provided, along with other essential gear. 

Beginning Kayak Class

Register now for our last class of the season!

Aug  13, Time: 9:00-1:00

This is a hands-on in-boat introductory kayaking class geared for both those who have never set foot in a kayak and for those who need to brush up on basic skills.  This class will prepare you with the skills necessary for many of the local beginner flat-water paddling events and prime those that are interested in our Intro to Whitewater clinic held later in the year.

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