Paddle with a Pro - Intermediate Kayak Retreat



  • 5 guided lessons (one instructor per 1-4 guests)
  • Healthy local and organic meals
  • Transportation from Salmon
  • “Glamping” in our unique canvas wall tents
  • Video analysis of each session
  • All of your photos and videos
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Daily am yoga


Who is this for:

Take your kayaking skills to the next level and learn from the best! Tommy Hilleke is a 6x Green River Narrows Champion and has many first descents around the world. This experience is designed for people who already have the basics of kayaking down and are eager to refine their skills and technique to begin to run more challenging whitewater. Our main focus is to give you the physical, mental, and technical tools to keep you progressing when you return home.

Do you have a solid roll, but not confident enough to try a boof? In this course we will focus on learning to make Class IV moves in class II-III whitewater, as well as the intricacies of River Running. The friendly nature of the Salmon River with big, deep, pool drop rapids, allows a safe place to hone your skills.  The focus will be on timing and placement of your strokes, boofing, eddy hopping, ferrying, scouting and setting safety.  We have access to 45 miles of various Class I-IV whitewater framed in stunning scenery that provides the perfect mix of education and exploration! 

Our definition of having the “basics of kayaking”

  • You are a confident swimmer and are able to paddle your own kayak
  • You can manage carrying your own gear to and from the river
  • You can perform a combat roll at least 3/5 of the time
  • You are able to catching an eddy
  • You can identify hazards in the river and understand river hand signals/communication

Video analysis and coaching How it Works:

  • We will take photos and film your lessons
  • You and your coach will analyze it together
  • Your coach will provide feedback, tips, and corrections as well as to practice the maneuvers on the water
  • You keep the footage

Surrounded by the Salmon Challis National Forest on 3 sides, our 23-acre hidden paradise sits directly on the banks of the Salmon River. All of our students will stay in canvas wall tents with cots or you may bring your own tent for camping. The recently remodeled Bath and Shower House is nearby. All meals will be prepared by a professional chef and we source as much local and organic food as possible. We do have a Trading Post where guests can purchase needed items in case they lose or forget something. *Please be sure to let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions. 

Quick Info

  • River Rating: Class II-III
  • Skills required: You can combat roll 3/5 of the time in class II
  • Minimum Age: 16 (must be accompanied by adult)
  • Length: 6 days, 5 nights
  • June 19 – 24, 2023
  • From: $1925

Rapids of the Salmon River