Canyon River Instruction

"Customized Whitewater Education for Private Boaters & Outfitters"

Our goal is to make river running a safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable experience.  We strive to to create a learning and resource center for all types of river running skills including rowing, paddle rafting, multi-day river trips, kayaking and river rescue.

We bring together resources to help people become enthusiasts and to enjoy a lifetime of river running experiences with particular emphasis on safety, experiential learning, custom instruction and river stewardship.


What we do & Who we are...


Private Rafting Instruction & Resources

We are currently offering private raft instruction on the Arkansas River in Colorado and the Rio Chama in northern New Mexico.  Integrating the benefits of the American Canoe Association curriculum we will work with you to create a customized learning environment suited to your needs.

Here you also find links to resources, industry partners, and our friends in the river community.


currently scheduled courses

Find out what courses a currently scheduled and find out more about creating a custom clinic.

about us

Alan Cammack and Elisha McArthur both grew up boating and consider rivers to be their ultimate passion, though Elisha finds her comfort in a raft and Alan finds his in a kayak. Since 2011 the pair have been paddling rivers around the world with their daughter Charlotte. As career professionals in the whitewater industry who have ultimately loved the pursuit of private boating, Alan & Elisha had a vision to make whitewater safer and more accessible for private boaters through education, skill building and resource accessibility, and so, Canyon River Instruction was born!
Book a clinic with us today to experience the passion and gain the skills that Alan, Elisha and all of CRI's instructors embody.



Find out more about where we are currently offering clinics and other class details.