My name is Tommy Gram 

I am the owner and operator of Whitewater Attainment. Here at Whitewater Attainment, we provide whitewater kayak instruction, certification and guide services. Whitewater kayaking has been a part of my life for over a decade. Initially, I started my professional kayaking career as a sponsored athlete. As a professional paddler, I gained exposure to a variety of rivers, experiences and kayaking disciplines. After traveling around and kayaking all over the country, I decided to settled down in Chaffee County to pursue my career as a kayak instructor.

Chaffee County is located along the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains and is home to the Arkansas River basin.  Characterized by a microclimate fondly called the banana belt. The regions mild temperatures promote year-round fun and outdoor adventure. Both Salida and Buena Vista are laid back and family-friendly mountain towns. From class I to class V the Arkansas River is the perfect kayaking destination for all.

Here on the Arkansas River, I have dedicated my time to developing my skills both as an educator and guide. I'm also available and excited to provide instruction, certification, and guide services for any outfitter, club or school. 

Whether you are a beginner kayaker looking to get started, an advanced kayaker looking to progress your skills personally or professionally, or anywhere in between, I would love to help you reach your goals and share my experience with you.  

Welcome to Whitewater Attainment




American Canoe Association

  • ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer

  • ACA Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Kayak Instructor

  • ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer



American Red Cross

  • American Red Cross First Aid/ CPR Instructor

  • American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid and Remote Care Instructor


American Institute for Avalanche
Research and Education

  • AIARE Course Instructor



  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)



In the winter, when Tommy is not leading a Whitewater Attainment course, he can be found working with BUENA VISTA MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES (BVMA), where he is backcountry ski guide and AIARE Avalanche Educator.



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