Join us on the river for your next team-building day…

For your next company outing or staff retreat, let us provide a great experience for your team. Getting out on the water as a group inspires a special kind of camaraderie while relaxing the mind and engaging the body. River trips provide the perfect mix of fun, challenge, and reflection that brings teams closer together while creating shared memories and laughs along the way. 

Our trips range from short outings suitable for total beginners to longer, more challenging trips that suit a adventurous and athletic group.  Our equipment is beginner-friendly and our guides have many years of experience introducing paddling to people from all walks of life.

Leading up to the program, we keep things simple for you; we listen to your needs, communicate promptly, plan all the logistics around your schedule, source the food and drinks for lunch and snacks, and provide all necessary equipment. We will walk you through it, even if this type of trip may be a step outside your team’s comfort zone. 

To get started, click below to tell us a little about your group and your desires for an on-the-water program. You can always give us a call with questions at 434-218-2052 or send an email to Gabe Silver at gabe@rivannarivercompany.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

“This was a wonderful experience for my team to detach from their cell phones and computers.  It was great for both the experienced paddlers as well as the first-timers.  Our international Team Members were able to enjoy all the natural beauty and splendor that Charlottesville has to offer.  The professionalism of our guides provided everyone with a sense of confidence and security allowing us to have a great time.”

-Darin Goodwiler,  CFA Institute

“For the past two years, floating with Rivanna River Company has been a highly-anticipated part of Team Madison House’s annual retreat. It’s been appropriately challenging for some, wonderfully relaxing for most, and enjoyable for everyone. The RRC crew make it easy to slip some scenic outdoor adventure into our team-building mix–all without having to leave town. See you on the river!”  

-Tim F., Madison House Executive Director

Everything you need to know about our company outings:

  • Full Day Guided Trip for 2-6 Participants – $350 Base Price for 2 People + $90/ per additional person up to 6
  • Full Day Guided Trip for 7-14 Participants – $750 Base Price for 7 People + $75/ per additional person up to group of 14
  • Full Day Guided Trip for 14-28 Participants – $1400 Base Price Price for 15 People + $65/ per additional person up to 28
  • Full Day Guided Trip for over 28 Participants– Please Fill Out Information Request Form and we will contact you for special arrangements and pricing. Thank You.
  • 3 Hour Guided Trip for 2-6 Participants – $250 Base Price for 2 People + $75/ per additional person up to 6
  • 3 Hour Day Guided Trip for 7-14 Participants – $600 Base Price for 7 People + $65/ per additional person up to group of 14
  • 3 Hour Guided Trip for 14-28 Participants – $1200 Base Price Price for 15 People + $55/ per additional person up to 28
  • 3 Hour Guided Trip for over 28 Participants– Please fill out Information Request Form and we will contact you for special arrangements and pricing. Thank You.
  • All Necessary Equipment:
    • Boat (This is typically a beginner-friendly, solo, sit-on-top Jackson Riviera kayak.)
    • Paddle (Comfortable, light-weight design)
    • Life Jacket (Our life jackets are designed for paddling, and stay comfortable all day.)
    • Dry Bag (To bring things you want to keep dry.)
  • Logistics and Transportation
    •  14 passenger bus and driver takes you to the put-in and is waiting for you at the take-out.
    • Pick-up at your office if requested.
  • Food and Drinks
    • Full-Day Trips: Delicious sandwiches from BreadWorks, or lunch sourced from other local caterers by request. We communicate with each group in advance to understand any specific dietary needs.
    • 3-Hour Trips: An array of snacks such as trail mix, granola bars, etc.
    • Drinks including bottled water, seltzers, and sodas. (We do encourage everyone to bring their reusable water bottles if they have them)
    • Cooler space for any food and drinks brought by the group.
  • Instruction and Guiding
    • Our guides are great with beginners, teaching paddling basics and providing individualized instruction
    • For groups of 8 or more, there will be 2 guides. One will paddle in the front, showing the group “the line” down the river. The other will paddle “sweep” in the back of the group, coaching any stragglers and making sure everyone gets through okay.
    • We take people from all backgrounds down the river, ages 6-80. We are confident taking almost anyone down the river. We can have a guide paddle a tandem kayak or canoe with anyone who doesn’t feel confident in a solo kayak.
    • Our guides are knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, and history of the river. Ask them questions!
  • Enhanced Trip Experiences
    • Facilitated Team Building Activities available upon request.
    • Facilitated Mindfulness Practice available upon request.
  • If your group includes people that are particularly nervous about or have physical conditions that concern them about a river trip, WE HAVE YOU COVERED! Let us take you to a local reservoir for a super beginner-friendly, peaceful trip on flatwater. We put on a great trip in this environment as well. Please contact us to find out more.
  • Looking for an easy and fun 2 hour activity for your team to do in the 4pm-6pm timeframe on a weekday? We’ve got a great option for you called “Paddle to Pints.” We pick your team up, take them on a quick river trip right here in Cville, and then deliver everyone to a local brewery for post-trip pints and food truck grub. Everyone goes home happy.
  • One popular option for a Community Service Day is to turn your trip into a River Clean-Up. We provide trash bags, gloves, and a few trash grabbers, and we organize disposal of the waste.
  • We’ve kayaked before…we want something new! We offer Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) classes and trips. We can even arrange special SUP Fitness and SUP Yoga sessions. Please contact us to find out more.
  • We are all experienced river-trippers and value independence…do we really need a guide!? RRC offers special options and pricing to provide everything (custom trip timing and schedule, pick-up at your location, food and drinks and cooler supplied, etc.), except the guide. All our trips include a Pre-Trip Briefing and Safety Talk before launching. Please contact us to find out more.
  • 9:00 AM: A Rivanna River Company shuttle bus picks up your group, OR group arrives to our location at 1538 E. High Street in Charlottesville
  • 9:05 AM: A RRC Lead Guide begins trip orientation and answers questions on the bus
  • 9:20 AM: Arrive at Launch Point, everyone fitted with life jackets, paddles, and dry bags for cameras, phones, etc.
  • 9:30 AM: Program begins with a circle up, introductions, and setting of intentions for the day.
  • 9:45: Guides give safety talk kayaking instructional lesson (duration and depth of lesson can be customized to your group’s needs)
  • 10:00 AM: Launch! Everyone gets on the water. Stress melts away and fun begins! On-the-water time will vary between relaxing and simply floating to invigorating paddling through riffles and small rapids (river trips only)
  • 10:45 AM: Snack and Water Break…then head back downriver.
  • 11:30 AM: Stop at beautiful spot. Pre-lunch Team Building or Health and Reflection Activity
  • 12:15 PM- Delicious lunch begins. RRC supplies all food and drinks.
  • 1:00 PM- Back on the water!
  • 2:30 PM- Arrive at take out. Program ends with circle up, appreciations, and reflections.
  • 2:45 PM- Bus ride back to RRC shop or company office
  • 3:00 PM- Typical end time for whole trip experience.
  • 1:30 PM: A Rivanna River Company shuttle bus picks up your group, OR group arrives to our location at 1538 E. High Street in Charlottesville
  • 1:35 PM: A RRC Lead Guide begins trip orientation and answers questions on the bus
  • 1:45 PM: Arrive at Launch Point, everyone fitted with life jackets, paddles, and dry bags for cameras, phones, etc.
  • 2:00 PM: Program begins with a circle up, introductions, and setting of intentions for the day.
  • 2:15 PM: Guides give safety talk kayaking instructional lesson (duration and depth of lesson can be customized to your group’s needs)
  • 2:30 PM: Launch! Everyone gets on the water. Stress melts away and fun begins!  On-the-water time will vary between relaxing and simply floating to invigorating paddling through riffles and small rapids (river trips only)
  • 3:00 PM: Stop at beautiful spot for RRC-supplied drinks and snacks. Group engages in a Team Building or Health and Reflection Activity if requested.
  • 3:30 PM- Back on the water!
  • 4:00 PM- Arrive at take out. Program ends with circle up, appreciations, and reflections.
  • 4:15 PM- Bus ride back to RRC shop or company office
  • 4:30 PM- Typical end time for 3-Hour trip experience.
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