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ACA Instructor Training

"What a well organized and fun adventure in meeting the ACA level 1-2 requirements."

What a well organized and fun adventure in meeting the ACA level 1-2 requirements. Jim and Eliza are top notch instructors. I am looking forward to completing more instructor training.

– Geoffrey, Google Reviews

"Blown away by how much I learned"

I just completed the women's weekend beginner's kayaking clinic and it was amazing! I'm kind of blown away by how much I learned and how much time I had to put what I learned to use in just two days. All three instructors, Amanda, Julianna, and Justine, were fantastic.

– Sandra, Google Reviews

"Made me feel safe while learning a new sport"

I've taken three white water kayaking courses with Zoar so far, and had an amazing time in each one. The instructors are super welcoming and helpful, and made me feel safe while learning a new sport. I will definitely continue my kayaking adventures with this company.

– Leah Manchester, Google Reviews

"Great whitewater canoeing instruction"

My wife and I took a white water canoeing lesson at Zoar. Jim was a terrific instructor, very patient and genuinely concerned about improving our skills. Moreover, the tone of the whole establishment was considerate and helpful; I'm guessing that some of that comes from the top down.

– Loren K., TripAdvisor

Paddlesports are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while choosing your level of adventure. Zoar Outdoor offers whitewater kayaking and canoeing lessons on the Deerfield River in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts to suit every level of paddler, from beginner to advanced. We are conveniently located 30 minutes north of Williamsburg and 45 minutes from Northampton.

Our kayaking and canoeing instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and tailor every clinic to your needs. Whether you are interested in an introduction to the sport of kayaking or canoeing or you’re taking your paddling skills to the next level with playboating, river rescue, or another clinic, our paddlesports school has a course for you.

Start a lifetime of river memories by kayaking in Massachusetts this season with Zoar Outdoor!