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Adventure Program

Last updated Oct. 04, 2018 - 2:04 pm
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The Adventure Program offers classes, clinics, trips and camps throughout the city, the triangle area and state. See what we can do for you. You can register for any adventure program online using RecLink, in person at any staffed facility, or by calling the Adventure office at 919-996-6855.

Neuse River Kids Club

Neuse River kids club

Have you ever wished someone would set up a youth kayaking program? We did too, then we created one. Neuse River Kids Club is a multi-session kayaking program for youth. Sessions will start on flat water and move to more advanced moving water as the group builds skill. Previous kayaking experience is encouraged. Sign up today to build your child's paddling skills team work and individual responsibility. Please come prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, close toed water shoes, clothes that can get wet, towel, and a change of dry clothes. Bring your own gear (Boat, Skirt, Helmet, PFD) if you have it. Don't have a boat? No worries, we have plenty.
Location: First Class (4/19) will be held at Optimist Pool, weeks 2-4 we will meet at the Neuse River - 20 Anderson Pt Dr.
Age: 8-12
Date: Friday’s 4/19 - 5/10
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Barcode: 231369
Have you ever wished someone would set up a youth kayaking program? We did too, then we created one. Neuse River Kids Club is a multi-session kayaking program for youth. Sessions will start on flat water and move to more advanced moving water as the group builds skill. Previous kayaking experience is encouraged. Sign up today to build your child's paddling skills team work and individual responsibility. Please come prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, close toed water shoes, clothes that can get wet, towel, and a change of dry clothes. Bring your own gear (boat, skirt, helmet, PFD) if you have it. Don't have a boat? No worries, we have plenty.

Location: First class (April 19) will be held at Optimist Pool, weeks two through four, we will meet at the Neuse River - 20 Anderson Point Drive.

Age: 8 to 12 years of age

Date: Friday’s April 19 through May 10

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Barcode: 231369

Neuser River Canoe Trip

Canoe

o Join us for a guided canoe trip down the Neuse River. Our guides will meet you at our take-out spot (6501 Poole Road, Raleigh) and shuttle you three miles up river to the put-in for our trip. Paddling experience is not required, but participants should have basic swimming ability and comfort in water. Preregistration is required. Participants under 18 are welcome when registered with an adult. Please come prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, close-toed water shoes, clothes that can get wet, a towel and a change of dry clothes.
o Dates: 4/13 and 4/27
o Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
o Barcodes: 231367 and 232737
Join us for a guided canoe trip down the Neuse River. Our guides will meet you at our take-out spot (6501 Poole Road, Raleigh) and shuttle you three miles up river to the put-in for our trip. Paddling experience is not required, but participants should have basic swimming ability and comfort in water. Preregistration is required. Participants under 18 are welcome when registered with an adult.

Please come prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, close-toed water shoes, clothes that can get wet, a towel and a change of dry clothes.

Dates: April 13 and April 27

Tim: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

4/13 and 4/27o Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PMo Barcodes: 231367 and 232737

Kayak Pool Sessions

Kayak Pool Sessions

Pool sessions are open paddling times for all levels of boaters, whether you're working on your roll, practicing new skills, or just wanting to try out the sport. Grab a friend and come paddle with us all winter long, or go on RecLink and sign up for some one on one roll instruction.

Location: Optimist Pool
Age: 14 and up, 14 and under with an adult
Date: Fridays, Nov. 2 through April 12 (pool closed Nov. 23)

time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Private Roll Instruction

Private Roll

Roll or swim? If you are tired of the second option, try our kayak roll instruction. For the boater wanting to take that next step in the kayaking progression, we are proud to offer personalized roll instruction. While everyone becomes proficient with these skills at different times, it usually takes more than one hour-long lesson to develop consistency in performing a roll. Roll instruction is designed to provide one step in the learning process. Students must have some kayaking experience, basic swimming ability and comfort under water. Participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult (over 16). Preregistration is required. Bring clothes that can get wet, towel and a change of dry clothes. Bringing your own paddling equipment (boat, skirt, helmet, PFD) is optional, but recommended.
o Location: Optimist Pool
o Age: 8 and up, 14 and under with an adult
o Dates: Fridays Nov 2 – Apr 12 (Pool Closed on 11/23)
o Time: 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM

Roll or swim? If you are tired of the second option, try our kayak roll instruction. For the boater wanting to take that next step in the kayaking progression, we are proud to offer personalized roll instruction. While everyone becomes proficient with these skills at different times, it usually takes more than one hour-long lesson to develop consistency in performing a roll.

Roll instruction is designed to provide one step in the learning process. Students must have some kayaking experience, basic swimming ability and comfort under water.

Participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult (over 16). Preregistration is required. Bring clothes that can get wet, towel and a change of dry clothes. Bringing your own paddling equipment (boat, skirt, helmet, PFD) is optional, but recommended.

Location: Optimist Pool

Age: 8 and up, 14 and under with an adult

Dates: Fridays Nov. 2 through April 12 (pool closed on Nov. 23)

Time: 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Kayak Basics

Kayak Basics

Come out and learn how to kayak in the warm, indoor waters of Optimist Pool. This four-hour course provides a comfortable and pleasant  environment in which to learn the basics of kayaking. Our calm, friendly instructors will help lay a strong foundation of skills so you will be ready to get outside spend some time on the water when the weather warms up. Kayak experience is not required, but participants should have basic swimming ability and comfort in water. Equipment and instruction are provided. Please bring with you clothes that can get wet, a towel and a change of dry clothes.  Preregistration is required.
Participants under 18 are welcome when registered with an adult.
Location:  Optimist Pool 
Time:  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dates:  1/12, 2/9, 3/9
Come out and learn how to kayak in the warm, indoor waters of Optimist Pool. This four-hour course provides a comfortable and pleasant  environment in which to learn the basics of kayaking. Our calm, friendly instructors will help lay a strong foundation of skills so you will be ready to get outside spend some time on the water when the weather warms up. Kayak experience is not required, but participants should have basic swimming ability and comfort in water. Equipment and instruction are provided. Please bring with you clothes that can get wet, a towel and a change of dry clothes.  Preregistration is required.

Participants under 18 are welcome when registered with an adult.

Location:  Optimist Pool 

Dates: Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9

Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Contact Information

  • Email
  • Phone - 919-996-6855


History

In 1984, the Adventure Program was born out of the city's Nature Program. Over the years the goal has always been to provide instructional opportunities in a wide range of outdoor adventure activities as well as:

  • Provide enjoyable adventure experiences that embrace experiential learning;
  • Create an atmosphere where group experiences foster a sense of team;
  • Provide instructional foundations in a wide range of adventure activities;
  • Focus on safety issues and manage risks in the most proactive manner; and,
  • Provide an opportunity for environmental appreciation and stewardship.

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