my kids age 13 and 11 did a camp with Black Dog this summer. they thoroughly enjoyed it. The instructors were so positive, and really taught them a lot in 4 days. They came home each day really looking forward to the next. Black Dog is organized, has good equipment and provides great instructors. It is a great way for those who live in and around Richmond to discover the James River, and for tourists to sampke more of the real Richmond. This is a great sport and a safe and fun way to get exposed to it. try it out!