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
Copyright © 2019 Colorado River School - All Rights Reserved.
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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Thank you for your interest! We are busy updating our 2021 calendar as COVID restrictions change. We have been releasing additional classes in increments and updating our site regularly. Open pool is now available in Golden on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pool roll clinics coming soon.
Summer group lessons will be made available shortly. For all other instruction, please call to book a private lesson.