Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s

Can a Kayak School be a family experience?  Yes. Our kayak schools are for people of all ages, and are a perfect fit for active family vacations. The program lets you learn at your own pace so everyone in the group can enjoy as much excitement as they want. We have hosted families with 3 generations paddling together! The Downriver trip is perfect for friends and family to join together for a relaxing river adventure; you shredding in your whitewater kayak, while friends and family float on rafts or in inflatable kayaks. Our trips have something for everyone.

Do I have to be a good swimmer?  Since kayakers wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets & helmets, a strong swimming ability is not needed for a safe and enjoyable trip. We do encourage folks to have basic swimming knowledge.

Do I need a wetsuit?  Wet suits are not required but highly encouraged. Please let us know if you need to use one of ours.

Should I bring a camera?  Yes! The Rogue River is such a beautiful river canyon. Due to the nature of our trips, we recommend a waterproof camera. Even though it can be difficult to take photos while kayaking, there will be lots of time on the flat water sections and on land to capture the memories. We can also provide you with a water/shock-proof ammo box to protect your camera equipment until we get to camp.

What type of meals can be expected? We emphasize wholesome, fresh, delicious meals. A typical camp meal will include an appetizer, main meal and dessert! We can cater to a wide variety of dietary restrictions, please let us know at the time of your reservation if you have any.

What is your cancellation policy?

We value a low student-instructor ratio to ensure high quality instruction and have limited space available on our trips. Your deposit holds your spot for the trip and may result in turning away other guests.

If you need to cancel your reservation, we must receive written notice more than 60 days prior to the start of the trip. This will result in a refund of your deposit minus a cancellation charge of $200 per person. Any cancellations made within 60 days from the start of the trip will not be refunded unless we can fill your spot in which case all but your deposit will be refunded.

Do you recommend travel insurance? Yes. Life is full of unexpected circumstances and travel insurance can reimburse you in the event of a last minute cancellation. We recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to protect your reservation.

Do I need my own kayak gear?  No. Although you are encouraged to bring any personal equipment that you might have, we have all of your kayaking equipment covered. Sundance Kayak School will outfit you with “the big 5”. This is a boat, paddle, life jacket, spray skirt, and helmet. We will also be able to provide you with a “farmer john” style wetsuit, and a splash jacket for staying warm in the river.Although you are STRONGLY encouraged to bring your own booties or flexible water shoes, we can occasionally provide you with loaners.

Will I be cold?  Not likely. From mid-June through mid-September, the weather in southern Oregon is usually clear and hot. With daytime temperatures averaging between 80-90 degrees, and nighttime lows in the mid-50s.Summer water temperatures on the Rogue are relatively warm, ranging from about 65-70+ degrees – which is great because kayakers like to get wet! The key to staying warm is being properly dressed for the conditions.

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