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Address: 602 North Interstate Highway 35, San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone Number: 1-512-203-0093
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Olympic Outdoor Center leads a variety of daily recreational water...

Olympic Outdoor Center leads a variety of daily recreational water activities geared toward providing irresistible fun for everyone. Enjoy a day -- or just an afternoon -- of Kayaking, Fishing, Stand Up Paddling (SUP), Canoeing, Surfing, and more in the beautiful, clear waters of San Marcos Springs. We are committed to providing you with the best programs available by immersing ourselves in the activities that we offer. No matter your age or abilities, you will enjoy personalized attention from our skilled instructors. Come see why paddling is the best way to get outside in Texas with more river trails, beautiful scenery, and good company than anything else in the state!

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Get Ben Kvanli to instruct you in basics and then take a skirted boat on a run through Rio Vista, it will be an unforgettable experience!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Get Ben Kvanli to instruct you in basics and then take a skirted boat on a run through Rio Vista, it will be an unforgettable experience!

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1 Thank amcalistertx
San Marcos, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The San Marcos River is gorgeous and it is a very fun float. During the week it is peaceful and relaxing, but be aware that on the weekend there is an incredible amount of river traffic. It is not a good idea to bring young children because of the strong current and the overcrowding on the river. However, for teenagers... More 

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3 Thank Sara A
OlympicOutdoorCenter, Manager at Olympic Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Sara, Thank you for your recent visit. We are glad that you and your family had such a good time with us. It’s true that the river gets busy on weekends during the summer. Thank you so much for your recommendation! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I have been kayaking for almost 10 years but using sit on tops because I could never get my roll down. In preparation for an upcoming trip I chanced upon Ben and found he does private instruction. After two hours in the cook waters of the San Marcos River I am much more confident in my roll. We even paddled... More 

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OlympicOutdoorCenter, Manager at Olympic Outdoor Center, responded to this review

That's awesome! Happy that we can help perfect that tricky roll. We have a couple of kayak trips that are really fun that you might be interested in. Every weekend we have local trips on the San Marcos River and Guadalupe River and every month we take a bigger trip. Just give us a call or email if you want... More 

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My boys and i had a fantastic time on the river on a couple Ben's paddleboards, and really loved his giant tree swing after the trip. Will be back again later this summer!

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Thank losharik
Waxahachie, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Had an excellent time learning the basics of White Water Kayaking in San Marcos! Was there with a group of Boy Scouts for a high adventure trip. The instruction was incredible - Ben knows how to teach kayaking! Our troop has been there twice in the previous 5 years, and each time it was an event of a lifetime! We... More 

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1 Thank Scouter_Kevin
Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Highly recommend the summer camp for kids. We have three boys who have done it three different years. Ben and his crew are awesome with the kids. The kids always have a good time and really improve their technique. We want to get our scout troop to do a trip with the Outdoor Center!

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Thank Alex M
Dallas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Beginner or advanced, recreational or competitor, backyard or adventurous traveling paddler, the POC has the proven experience to either build your confidence and skills or guide you on one of many "once in a lifetime" adventure trips here in the U.S. or abroad. I should know this as I started as a novice five years ago. Through excellent tutelage, my... More 

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1 Thank WaterDivaHolly
The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

White water kayaking in San Marcos River Between San Antonio and Austin in spring fed river makes this a good place to learn white water kayaking any time of year. The water is around 75 degrees year round so it feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter--strange feeling to put your hands in the water to warm... More 

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4 Thank BarryGay
Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

I went down there for their "Classic Weekend", $260 for two days on the river plus they throw in 3 hours of roll instruction for free on Friday night. I had Ben as an instructor all weekend and he was spectacular. I can't say enough good things about the two of them and the shop they run. We lucked out... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

I love spending time at the Power Olympic Outdoor Center! Where else can you spend time with, and learn from, world-class athletes? Ben and Michelle's professionalism and hospitality combine to make the Outdoor Center a family friendly environment that offers top-notch recreation on a beautiful spring-fed river. From my 63-yr old mother-n-law to my 4 yr old son, there is... More 

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