Basic Kayak Class – Level 1
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Feel more confident in your paddling skills
Want to get your family into kayaking but don’t know where to start? Want to learn a new sport that gets you outside, exploring and exercising, but need help learning how to kayak? Or maybe you own a kayak and want to improve your skills and feel more confident?
Join us for our Basic Kayaking class (Level 1) and feel more confident on the water. This class is intended for people new to kayaking or paddlers who want to improve their kayaking skills, on flat water. This class will begin with a land-based topics such as kayaking basics; planning a trip; overview of paddles, PFDs, and kayaks; and other safety topics. The class will then move to the on-water session where the group will work on paddling skills, entry and exit from a kayak, basic kayak strokes (Forward, reverse, turning), self-rescue, and how to empty a kayak. All our classes use a challenge by choice philosophy so if you are not comfortable getting in the water or practicing a particular skill just let your instructor know.
Once you complete your Level 1 class you can then challenge yourself further with a Level 2 kayak class.
Our lead instructor, discussing with class techniques for emptying water from a kayak and how to get back into a kayak from the water
Details and What to Bring:
Length of Class: 6 to 7 hours (Weekday classes are 9 am to 2 pm, weekend classes are 8 am to 1 pm)
Cost of Class: $75 per person. Class registration includes use of kayak for the class, classroom instruction and on water instruction. Lunch is not provided.
Minimum Class size: four participants
Minimum Age Requirement: 10 years old and up
What to Bring: Bring lunch, snacks, water, and any other hydrating beverages you would like. Wear shoes or sandals that will stay on your feet and can get wet. Plan clothing for the weather of the day (rainy, colder, sunny, hot). A change of clothing for the end of the day is nice but not required.
What to Expect: All classes include use of a kayak. You are welcome to bring a boat of your own if you prefer to practice with the specific boat you own. Classes begin with a land-based session to discuss key topics. The class will then move to the on-water session where the group will work on the paddling skills. All our classes use a challenge by choice philosophy so if you are not comfortable getting in the water or practicing a particular skill just let your instructor know. Our lead instructors are certified kayak instructors with the American Canoe Association.
Weather and water conditions: All Kayaking Classes are dependent on the weather, if we are not going to be able to conduct your class due to high water conditions or adverse weather conditions we will text or call before the class.