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Helpful Sources

Beginner's Book for Kayakers

The Beginner Book is an unofficial publication for the Pikes Peak Whitewater Club. It was written and edited by members of the Pikes Peak Whitewater Club:

Beginner's Book (PDF)

River Safety at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area:

AHRA Safety Brochure

Colorado State Park Pass Descriptions

The document itself is information on the various parks passes and their 2014 fees. For newcomers, unless you have a large vehicle for which to run shuttle for your trips, you may want to consider saving yourself some money and opt to pay the $7 a day fee each time you need to park in a designated area. Club members often carpool and frequently park in areas where a permit isn't needed. OR if you have a small vehicle that wouldn't work too well for shuttle, you may not be using your car very much this season. However, the parks department can always use the support. Gauge this as you need to. Please check out this PDF document that describes all the park passes:

Park Pass Descriptions

General Kayaking Links

Colorado Stream Gages by Division American Canoe Association American Whitewater Mountain Buzz


darin mcquoidMany images at the top of these pages are by Darin McQuoid. He generously agreed to their use on our site. Darin is part of the Jackson Kayak Factory Team and, like most of us, he loves kayaking. "For me personally kayaking has been life defining, and the most empowering thing I’ve ever done. The challenges and real and concrete, as are the rewards and the potential consequences. In a world full of gray areas, undefined expectations and vague goals a day on the river is black and white, a successful journey from point a to point b. I believe this, and time in remote beautiful places, is what I embrace, but only a small part of the big picture. Perhaps like a lot of things in life, the beauty of kayaking is that the beauty is too complex to be truly defined."

Check out more of Darin's work at his website: Darin McQuoid

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Club Discounts

The retailers below have generously offered the following discounts to PPWC members. To receive any discounts, you must be a current PPWC member and in good standing.

The Edge Ski Paddle and Pack

15% off on non-sale items.

Underwater Connection

10% including special order items, excludes new boats/SUP boards and anything that is already on sale. New Boat/SUP board purchases more than $900 receive a $100 in store credit; under $900 is a $50 in store credit. In store credit can be used towards instruction. So...for example

  • Buy a new boat and for $40 more I teach how to roll it and you also get endless pool practice roll sessions.
  • Buy a new boat and for $49 more you get the Intro to kayak class.
  • Buy a new Boat and for $79 more you get the Essentials of River Kayaking Course.


10% off in-store

Colorado Kayak Supply (CKS)

10% off in-store

Golden River Sports

10% off in-store purchases (excludes certain items and already on sale items). Additionally, with every new boat or new SUP purchase at full retail, you receive a $100.00 GRS store credit! Keep this credit on your account and use your $100.00 towards any full priced item in their inventory! Or you can use up to $100.00 of your demo rental fees towards the purchase of a new boat (boat demos start at $25/day - demo as many different boats as you'd like that day for that one $25 charge).

Mountain Equipment Recyclers

10% off in-store

Mountain Equipment Recyclers

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center

10% off SWR, SUP, Kayak Instructor courses. Also 10% off the Adventure Pass. Use promo code PPWW20 at checkout. Must register online. RMOC is the premier outpost for outdoor adventure in the Arkansas River Valley. Offering professional instruction, guided trips, and certification courses. Our riverside outpost in Buena Vista, Colorado offers private access to Browns Canyon and the Milk Run.

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center