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D.A.R.E. to Kayak

D.A.R.E. to Kayak School Program

D.A.R.E. to Kayak reaches out to students who live in the great state of Idaho and across the country. Devon Barker began this program as a way to encourage students to find an exciting alternative to abusing drugs and alcohol. Her option for them was to learn to kayak. This program has grown from learning to paddle in a pool to paddling on a river, river safety, and conservation.

Kayaking as an Alternative to Drugs & Alcohol

This exciting and unique program brings kids together, builds confidence and a life long respect for the river. Teaches kids that activites are a better solution than drugs and alcohol.

Kayak Basics

Kids learn the basics like paddle strokes, wet exits and rolling techniques in the controlled environment of a pool.

River Conservation

An Idaho’s Wild River License Plate partnership grant helps provide education on conservation, fish habitat and increasing students awareness of the importance of our rivers.

River Safety

Students learn the correct way to wear a PFD (personal floatation device), how to float in the water and other river safety skills.

River Running

River sessions include how to navigate and read the flow and currents of the river.

A Day at the Pool

Want to learn more?

Contact Devon Barker

ACA Certified Instructor | World Champion Kayaker

Ride the Slide

The Slide

Barely noticeable at flows less than 10,000 CFS, Slide Rapid on the Lower Salmon river turns into a formidable Class V+ rapid at flows above 20,000 CFS. Bordered by a steep cliff wall on river right and a massive landslide on river left, Slide Rapid is difficult to portage. But one life-long river runner has a rig set up just for The Slide. Video: Will Stauffer-Norris & Jacob William Boling | Barker River Trips

Posted by NRS on Tuesday, July 31, 2018