Colorado River School (CRS) is a 501c3 that provides transformative growth through whitewater kayaking and outdoor recreation, education, and adventure.
We seek to change lives through instructor-directed outdoor experiential education. By giving students tools designed to encourage them to push their comforts and overcome obstacles, Colorado River School offers people a chance for change within themselves and their lives, while also providing them with technical hard skills in paddlesports and other outdoor pursuits. CRS offers professional training and job opportunities to graduates so they can take part in changing lives of others.
CRS was born out of work conducted by founders Lyle Phetteplace and Katie Crites through Renaissance Adventure Guides. Lyle and Katie saw the personal growth and self-empowerment of individuals who learned to kayak. They wanted to continue working with groups who have not had access to the required equipment, permits, and insurance necessary for learning to kayak. Thus, CRS was born in 2017 to help serve the community's needs
Colorado River School has partnered with a number of groups to provide transformative outdoor experiences including whitwater kayaking, sit on top kayaking, duckying, stand up paddleboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and many more activities.
Through its partnership with Renaissance Adventure Guides, CRS has worked with the following organizations:
The Chill Foundation
Make A Wish Foundations
I Have a Dream Foundation
National Sports Center for the Disabled
Team River Runners
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of America
Rocky Mountain Camp
and many more
No better way to introduce folks to paddlesports than to get them ready to get wet. Our safety and rescue classes are designed for those from no experience swimming to those who want to learn more about river safety and rescue. From kids to adults, this is a great way to get started!
The greatest challenge with the most reward, hardshell kayaking is not often picked up in a day. Our multiday camping , raft-supported, or self-support kayaking programs will challenge participants on and off the water. This is the best package for growth and adventure.
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Colorado River School is an equal opportunity service provider.
Colorado River School operates under special use permits from the White River National Forest.
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
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