Beginner Courses

Kayak Strokes 101

This is a great first lesson and it’s all about the strokes! This class lasts about 1.5 – 2 hours and we cover all of the basic kayaking strokes so that you are learning correctly and not developing any bad habits. This course is hands on so you are on the water from the start. 2019 Dates: May 25, June 15, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 17

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Duration: 1.5-2 hours
  • Price: $50
  • Reservations required.

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Quick Start Your Kayak

This is a fun 2 hour course that not only covers the basic strokes but also covers kayaking equipment, types of kayaks, etc. This is a great first course and especially good prior to purchasing your first kayak. 2019 Dates: June 1, June 22, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: $50
  • Reservations required.

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Kayaking for Families

This class makes family paddling fun! NO AGE LIMIT. We will teach you the basics of kayak strokes and how to handle tandem kayaks, how to paddle with uneven weight distribution and basically how to involve the entire family and have fun! 2019 Dates: June 8, June 29, July 23, July 30, Aug. 6

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Price: $40 per person; $30 for kids 11 years of age or younger
  • Reservations required.

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Coastal Kayak Essential Skills

This comprehensive course is suitable for those that haven’t had any previous instruction or have only had the basics. However, we do suggest that you have had some previous paddling experience because it is a lot of information if you’ve never been in a kayak before. This course is taught in touring kayaks and students are introduced to many aspects of this fun sport including strokes, boat design, wet exits and rescues (you will get wet), navigation, and overall safety on the water. This is a really fun day and we teach this course in some of the same beautiful areas that we run our eco-tours. If you have a group of 3 or more, give us a call and we’ll try to get a course on the schedule for you. Otherwise we usually do this as a private lesson.

  • Prerequisite: None (although some prior paddling experience is recommended)
  • Duration with three or more participants: 5-7 hours
  • Price with three or more participants: $100 per person
  • Reservations required.

Kayak Rescue Clinic

This is a safety-oriented class designed for paddlers who are interested in paddling closed cockpit or touring kayaks. You will learn the proper techniques for exiting and then re-entering your kayak while in deep water. We cover both assisted and self rescues. Many people in this class have just purchased or are considering purchasing touring kayaks and want to know “what to do in the event of a capsize.” Knowing that you can safely get back in your boat is probably the single most important ingredient in adding fun and enjoyment to your paddling. This class is usually done as a private lesson. Please call for availability

  • Prerequisite: None (willingness to get wet)
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Reservations required. Call 302.539.7999.

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