Meet Your Guides
Bend Kayak School is a woman (and mother) owned business that began as a way to organize getting youth outside and onto the river. We have expanded to offering adult classes, while using our experience with teaching kids to continue to create a learning environment for our students that is based on trust, comfort and solid education, creating comfort in the learning environment so that students create a solid foundation in the knowledge needed to become a river runner.
We have partnered with a locally, and woman, owned tourism operator in India to offer an amazing experiences that speak to our love of all things water. This operator is the first to have started taking tourists on adventures when Arunachal opened to limited tourism 12 years ago. Her son, and our guide, Nino Dai, has spent a couple of decades guiding rivers around India and leading treks to the most remote part of the country.
Our passion for rivers means that environmental work and education has become a core piece of our mission. We source locally for goods and services when possible, partnering with organizations that share those values. In addition, a portion of our rental program proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit that supports families in need. Our international trips are environmentally motivated and we require that all exchanges with local culture are respectful, striving to have a minimal impact on the people of the places that we visit.
Our guides have many years of experience guiding and teaching, ACA certifications and Swiftwater Rescue training are required for lead kayak instructors, as well as ongoing training on teaching techniques and river rescue.