Teenage Whitewater Skills Camp

teenage whitewater skills camp with dvorak expeditions


June 15-29, 2022

The Teenage whitewater course is designed to teach the value of river wilderness, ecology, minimum impact camping, preservation of these resources, and encourage strong self-esteem. We teach the necessary river skills and safety techniques needed while giving students the chance to negotiate many rivers and improve their abilities in a variety of crafts.

Students get an in-depth understanding of river running, develop rafting competence in a variety of craft, plus river rescue techniques.  Open lines of communication, enhancing self-image, group interaction, emphasize self-reliance skills.   This course is designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of river running, the reparation environment, the need to understand and protect it plus river rescue techniques. It will also facilitate opening lines of communication, enhancing self-image, improve group interaction, and emphasizing self-reliance skills.

The focus is to develop river-running competence in a variety of craft. These include paddle and oar power rafts, kayaks, canoes, and inflatable kayaks. Participants can choose to specialize in one or two modes of river travel or experiment with all options. As the basics of reading and understanding the hydraulics of the river is a primary skill, the ability to move comfortably from one craft to another will be greatly enhanced.

Dvorak’s wants your course to be exciting; you should expect the unexpected. Many of the course activities are well-publicized, but you will probably find some surprises. We want to give you something you can take away with you– hopefully a sense of appreciation for what you can do!

Minimum impact camping techniques will be taught and stressed as will an environmental awareness that will carry beyond the river. The scope of the camp is participatory in nature and attendees will be involved in all aspects of wilderness river expeditions. Ages 13-17 years: In response to the demand for a wilderness oriented whitewater skills training for youths under 18, Dvorak Expeditions has added this 15-day whitewater course. It was specially designed to teach not only the value of river wilderness, ecology, and minimum impact camping but the preservation of these resources. We teach the necessary river skills and safety techniques needed while giving individuals the chance to negotiate numerous rivers and improve their abilities in a variety of crafts: rafts, kayaks, canoes, and inflatable kayaks. Meeting and Travel arrangements need to be made through our main office. Pickups from the Airport (Denver or Colorado Springs) can be arranged and return to same at the end of the course. Additional cost for transport.

Duration: 15 Days
River Options: Arkansas, North Platte, Gunnison, Colorado, Dolores,
Ages: 13-17 years
Activity Level: Moderate to Difficult
Pricing: $1,899 per student

Click here for a detailed course description and itinerary


We will schedule pre-trip meetings to check our lists and finalize last minute details before your shuttle flight to the river launch sites. When you get to the river we will fit you out with your personal flotation device (PFD), issue your waterproof bag for personal gear, confirm your camping equipment is there (tents/sleeping bags/pads/rain gear/wetsuit/boots etc.), and gather everyone to the circle for introductions and a river safety talk.


The meals are planned with lots of fresh and hearty vegetables and salads. Gourmet selections for the delight of our guests throughout the journey.   Your guides will be in charge of all preparations and they will amaze you with what comes out of those dutch ovens!

We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and the menu almost always suits the vegetarian.

Major airports are Denver International or Colorado Springs; If you need to arrange for Dvorak’s to pick-up your student and bring them to the main DVK base (17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236, contact us when you have your flight information to make these arrangements. Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado have small plane facilities and some charter flights are available with adequate numbers for charter. Arrive in Salida or Buena Vista, Colorado the day prior to the trip.  Pre and post lodging is available in either Buena Vista or Salida (12 miles to DVK from either town).

To reach our Nathrop Main Base, 17921 US Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO 81236.

FROM DENVER: You will follow Hwy 285 out of Denver all the way to the Base located 5 miles south of Nathrop P.O.  It is 162 miles from Denver Airport to the Nathrop Base (3.5 hours).  Mountain road driving is slower but, a beautiful part of the Rocky Mountains and you should allow extra driving time to sight-see.

FROM COLO.SPRINGS: (2 hours) use Hwy 24 west connecting with US Hwy 285 north & south towards Buena Vista, CO. Turn south on Hwy 285- travel @ 11 miles, you will see on the west side DVK sign just north of the Gas station and Prospector Rock Shop on Hwy 285.

Our guides are experienced men and women skilled at handling their crafts.  They all have current first aid and CPR and are Swiftwater Rescue Technician certified and have fulfilled all guide qualification requirements in the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming. Trip Leaders have thousands of river miles of experience on all classes of rivers including all 8 rivers run by Dvorak Expeditions.  Guide/Instructor gratuities not included in the course cost but always appreciated.  If you wish to add 10-15% to your reservation for disbursement to instructors contact our office at 719 539-6851.


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