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Our Skills & Thrills Kayaking Courses Class III-IV is designed to give you the confidence to run different styles of white-water, be it: big volume, technical, continuous rapids or just getting used to the Alpine style of river running.  With our vast experience of coaching and our in-depth knowledge of the local area and rivers it is the perfect way to make a solid foundation that will help you improve your technique and give you a understanding of more challenging whitewater and a dynamic positive approach to river running!

No date to suit your plans, holiday or needs?

Just drop us an email or give us a call.  We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to see the region from a different perspective!!

Group Course Prices

2 Day Kayak Course EUR 260 per person

3 Day Kayak Course EUR 360 per person

4 Day Kayak Course EUR 440 per person

Private Courses

€185 per person - for one person per day

€160 per person - for two people per day

€140 per person - for three or more people per day

No date to suit your plans, holiday or needs?

Just drop us an email or give us a call.  We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to see the region from a different perspective!!

Click HERE to read about the River Sanna

Click HERE to read about a  Guide to the River Inn

Click HERE to read about Kayaking in Austria Article

Austria is renowned for its skiing having some of the worlds best and most prestigious ski resorts.  However, it is not just the backdrop that makes these resorts so famous but also all the snow that regularly falls throughout the Winter.  For kayakers this is just what we want to hear, as all this snow has to head down to the valley which feeds the higher alpine rivers and in turn feeds the River Inn - the main triburary of the Danube further east and the biggest volume of whitewater in the whole of the Alps!! Let us also not forget the 6 or so glaciers that help to keep the river and sections at their optimum levels throughout the Summer and early Autumn making Austria a dream destination for kayaking with very dependant river levels!

Throughout the Skills and Thrills Class III-IV course we will be working on various techniques such as:

Breaking in and out of the river is a basic manoeuvre that we have learnt when we first went kayaking on a river, however we now want to improve our eddy skills to enable us to catch any eddy on the river.  With the characters of eddys changing on various styles of river we will learn the different techniques that will help us get safely and smoothly into an eddy without the wobbles or getting caught on the edge of our kayak or stuck in the boils or eddy line!

Scouting is not just important to see where we need to go but as we start our journey into reading and understanding the dynamics of whitewater it will help us to plan our line and be one step ahead when we reach that certain point on the rapid or feature.

Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features - the more understanding of whitewater we have the easier it becomes to put in the correct technique, with a positive body position thus helping us to stay on the line and be ready for the next move or challenge.  We will be looking at features such as waves (diagonal, straight, V waves, green and crashing waves) and holes (friendly, unfriendly and big volume) and the effects this has on our line or route down a rapid.

Safety and Group Dynamics will also be an important part of our Skills and Thrills Class 3-4 course.  Understanding group dynamics and slowing everything down at first will give us a great insight into how we would run a typical Alpine style rapid with a group of friends and of course the more controlled and organised the group is, the safer the descent will be. Thus  limiting those critical situations and lowering the chances of having a real time situation!

Equipment related to river running and its pros and cons with relation to our kayaking skill and the improvements made in kayaking equipment over the past few years.  Plus our future intentions will also be covered and its relationship to equipment will also be approached throughout the course.  Also anyone who comes on our courses will receive a PEAK-UK discount voucher.

Understanding and working with Momentum - both lateral and downstream, working with our edges and understanding the fundamentals of body, boat and blade.  We are aiming to make you a more dynamic and pro-active style of kayaker.

Instructors / Coaches / Guides

All of our Instructors/Coaches are fully qualified through British Canoeing and have a wealth of experience teaching kayaking not just in Austria and the German speaking Alps but all over the world.  Our Instructors/Coaches will tailor the course so that you learn at your own pace and of course your kayaking skills will progress extremely fast.

Kit to bring

If you have your own equipment then please bring it along for the course.  We teach the modern way of kayaking and so if you are in an extremely old, long boat with no edge then we have modern designed kayaks, paddles and equipment that is included in the price of the course.  A sturdy pair of river boots are mandatory (no sandals) plus any of your own personal kayaking apparel.

Experience Required

You should have experience of kayaking Class III whitewater and through your roll does not need to be solid you should be making at least 2-3 attempts to roll back up!  We will be kayaking for around 4-5 hours a day, so though you do not need to be an Olympic Athlete you should have a certain amount of paddle fitness or stamina!

Accommodation and Food

We have everything here in the Arlberg Region from camping, bed and breakfast, holiday flats and of course hotels.  Just go to our partners page to see just a few options or drop us a mail and we can send you some recommendations for a great place to stay where you will feel welcome enabling you to relax and get a good nights sleep after a great days kayaking.

Lunch is a personal choice and we will stop at a local market or bakery so that we can re-fuel after our first run!

For dinner you have various options with restaurants close by or if you would like a halfboard option then just let us know when you get in touch!

Group Composition

Our ratio for the Skills and Thrills Class 3-4 Course is 1:4.  We will not take more than 8 clients (2 coaches with 5 or more clients) on this course and our courses are guaranteed to run with the minimum of 2 clients.  This gives you plenty of whitewater action and the opportunity to improve your kayaking technique throughout the course.


If you are staying in the local Stanzer valley we will come and pick you up in the morning and drop you off after kayaking for the day.  The river shuttle is undertaken with one of our cool little monkey motorbikes.  If you need any questions about vehicles or getting here then just drop us an email.

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Skills & Thrills Class III-IV Course Dates:

16 - 18 May 2017

03 - 06 June 2017

09 - 11 June 2017

20 - 23 June 2017 - New Date....

24 - 25 June 2017

08 - 10 July 2017

22 - 23 July 2017

12 - 14 August 2017

26 - 28 August 2017

09 - 10 September 2017

29 September - 01 October 2017

Skills & Thrills - Kayaking Courses Class III-IV