Our Skills & Thrills Class III-IV is designed to give you the confidence to run different styles of white-water, be it: big volume, technical, continuous rapids or just getting used to the Alpine style of river running.

With our vast experience of coaching and our knowledge of the local area, it is the perfect way to improve your technique and give you an understanding of more challenging whitewater and a dynamic positive approach to river running!


Kayak Course details


Breaking in and out

Breaking in and out of the river is a basic manoeuvre that we have learned when we first went kayaking on a river, however we now want to improve our eddy skills to enable us to catch any eddy on the river. With the characters of eddys changing on various styles of river we will learn the different techniques that will help us get safely and smoothly into an eddy without the wobbles or getting caught on the edge of our kayak or stuck in the boils or eddy line.

Looking ahead, reading and predicting river features

The more understanding of whitewater we have, the easier it becomes to put in the correct technique. A positive body position helps us to stay on the line and be ready for the next move or challenge. We will be looking at features such as waves (diagonal, straight, V-waves, green and crashing waves) and holes (friendly, unfriendly and big volume) and the effects this has on our line or route down a rapid.

Understanding and working with Momentum

We are aiming to make you a more dynamic and proactive style of kayaker. Understanding and working with momentum, both lateral and downstream, working with our edges and understanding the fundamentals of body, boat and blade.


With scouting it is not just important to see where we need to go but as we start our journey into reading and understanding the dynamics of whitewater, it will help us to plan our line and be one step ahead when we reach that certain point on the rapid or feature.

Safety and Group Dynamics

Understanding group dynamics and slowing everything down at first will give us a great insight into how we would run a typical Alpine style rapid with a group of friends. The more controlled and organised the group is, the safer the descent will be. We limit those critical situations and lowering the chances of having a real time situation.

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During the course we will cover the type of equipment related to river running and its pros and cons with relation to our kayaking skill and the improvements made in kayaking equipment over the past few years. Our future intentions will also be covered and its relationship to equipment will be approached throughout the course. Anyone who comes on our courses will receive a PEAK-UK discount voucher.

Steve and Ute of Kayak School Arlberg deliver world class and truly personalised whitewater kayak coaching, which I have been fortunate enough to experience over the last few years.

My confidence, skills and tactics have been honed on the Class 3 and 4 river sections that surround their base in Pettneu, reinvigorating my boating, and the pleasure I derive from it, to a level I have not experienced for years. Their approach to coaching is innovative, challenging and steeped in warmth. This is without even mentioning the stunning location and wonderful food.
— Justin



Instructors / Coaches

All of our coaches / instructors are fully qualified through British Canoeing. They have a wealth of experience not only here in Austria but around the world. Our instructors / coaches will tailor the course so that you learn at your own pace while your kayaking skills will progress extremely fast.

Experience Required

You should have experience of kayaking class III whitewater and though your roll does not need to be solid, you should be making at least 2 - 3 attempts to roll back up. We will be kayaking for around 4 - 5 hours a day, so though you do not need to be an Olympic Athlete you should have a certain amount of paddle fitness or stamina.

Group Composition

Our ratio for the Skills and Thrills Class 3 - 4 Course is 1:4. We will not take more than 8 clients (2 coaches with 5 or more clients) on this course and our courses are guaranteed to run with the minimum of 2 clients. This gives you plenty of whitewater action and the opportunity to improve your kayaking technique throughout the course.

Kit to bring

If you have your own equipment then please bring it along for the course. We teach the modern way of kayaking and so if you are in an extremely old, long boat with no edge then we have modern designes kayaks, paddles and equipment that is included in the price of the course. A sturdy pair of river boots are mandatory (no sandals) plus any of your own personal kayaking apparel.

Accomodation & Food

You are spoilt for choice here in the Arlberg. The region offers camping, bed and breakfast, holiday flats and of course hotels. If you would like help searching for your ideal place to stay just drop us a message. Our partners offer great prices if your are coming here to kayak.

Throughout the season you have plenty of options when it comes to restaurants. Be it a Tyroler Groestl, Wiener Schnitzel, steak, Thai food or vegetarian, there is something filling and tasty in our local restaurants.


If you are staying in the local Stanzer valley we will come and pick you up in the morning and drop you off after kayaking. The river shuttle is undertaken with one of our cool little monkey motorbikes. If you need any answers about vehicles or getting here then just drop us a message.


Dates & Prices


Course dates

We have courses planned on the following dates:

  • 30 May - 02 June 2019 (4 Days)

  • 12-13 June 2019 (2 Days)

  • 26-28 June 2019 (3 Days)

  • 01-03 July 2019 (3 Days)

  • 15-16 July 2019 (2 Days)

  • 03-05 August 2019 (3 Days)

  • 24-26 August 2019 (3 Days)

  • 31 August - 01 September (3 Days)

  • 21-23 September 2019 (3 Days)

  • 01-02 October 2019 (2 Days)

  • 11-13 October 2019 (3 Days)

  • 18-20 October 2019 (3 Days)

No date to suite your plans? Just let us know through the contact form. We are pretty flexible here at the Kayak School giving you the best opportunity to see the region from a different perspective!

Course prices

Group Courses    

  • 2 Day Group Course: EUR 280 per person

  • 3 Day Group Course: EUR 370 per person

  • 4 Day Group Course: EUR 490 per person

Private Courses

  • 1 person: EUR 200

  • 2 persons: EUR 170 per person

  • 3 persons or more: EUR 150 per person

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