Learn to Kayak

Below is a guide to help you identify your particular paddling path - general concepts of recommended skills you should work towards based on your goals. Some of these skills are beneficial in all areas and some can be learned on their own with minimal other skills. Our American Canoe Association (ACA)-certified instructors will teach you all of the skills and tips you need to enjoy kayaking.

  1. Beginner
  2. Essentials
  3. Performance
  4. Dynamic

Beginner or introduction classes introduce the fundamental skills needed for paddling in calm and protected water environments (non-tidal). This is for you if you are new to the sport or if you are looking for more formal instruction as a base from which to expand. 

Areas of Focus

  • Understanding equipment, applications and limitations 
  • Basic strokes and maneuvers 
  • Basic recoveries
  • Mild weather conditions