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Whitewater paddling is the "coolest" summer-time activity in Columbia! Come join us and learn to paddle in a safe and supportive environment. The river is waiting!  






Gear Store

Looking for some Whitewater 101 Gear? You're in luck we just opened up our new gear store providing the latest Whitewater 101 and Confluence Cup Race Series gear. 

A portion of the proceeds from the store will go to support American Whitewater and other non-profits that support our sport and our rivers. 

101 Experiences

"Awesome class, awesome instruction, and a great way to network into the whitewater community"

Are you interested in learning how to whitewater kayak? Look no further than Whitewater 101! Our beginner-friendly kayak classes are designed to teach you everything you need to know to safely and confidently navigate the rapids of the Saluda River. Our experienced instructors are passionate about kayaking and committed to sharing their knowledge and skills with new paddlers. We believe that kayaking should be accessible to everyone, which is why we offer affordable classes and gear rentals. At Whitewater 101, we're passionate about introducing beginners to the thrilling world of whitewater kayaking. Our signature 101 course provides top-notch instruction on the Saluda River in Columbia, SC, where you'll learn the skills and techniques needed to navigate rapids with confidence. We also offer a Virtual River Academy (VRA) to provide new paddlers a resource to get basic information and an online Merch store, so you can rep that Saluda style. Join us today and discover the joy and excitement of whitewater kayaking on the beautiful Saluda River in Columbia, SC.

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