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Performance Paddling Clinics

Our Performance Paddling Clinics bring celebrity instructors to Charles River Canoe & Kayak. These instructors are world-renowned and have years of teaching and paddling experience, and their classes augment our Paddling School offerings. A list of these currently scheduled clinics appears below. Make sure you're on the e-mail list to find out when these celebrity instructors will be coming next.
Ben Lawry — Kayaking
Ben Lawry has been paddling for over 35 years, and teaching/guiding for over 20. He has taught paddling on five continents and competed on three. Presently he works as head instructor and owner of Kayak Camp with his wife, Elizabeth. Ben presented at both the US WW symposium and the National ACA Conference in 2010. He has led trips and traveled extensively in South America, South Africa, Europe and North America. As a brand ambassador, he is involved with kayak design in sea, light-touring, and racing kayaks. He enjoys competing in a variety of racing events and has won the General Clinton, Blackburn Challenge, and Run of the Charles races.
Ben Lawry's Core Paddling
Ben's Core Paddling Clinic covers the basics of kayaking. Its goal is to provide a solid ergonomic and efficient set of skills for people to grow through their kayaking career.
We begin with correct grip and hand placement on the paddle shaft, boat fit, and an explanation of terms. Balance, posture, and tilting/edging/leaning are covered, as is correct blade and boat use, to guarantee a good foundation from which to grow. Strokes covered may include forward and reverse sweeps, pivot turns, reverse stroke, forward stroke and low braces.
This class will benefit kayakers of all levels, including racers!
$65 includes three hours of instruction.
$80 includes use of a composite or plastic sea kayak.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
Ben Lawry's Touring Forward Stroke Clinic
Ben's Touring Forward Stroke Clinic is designed for experienced paddlers in sea kayaks and race-style boats. The grip, paddle, and body are covered as we work toward a solid and efficient forward stroke for the racer, fitness paddler, and touring kayaker. Efficiency and correct body use are the keys here to keep you paddling for hours at a time with ease and grace. A great benefit to the sea kayaker who paddles forward 99% of the time, or the racer looking to improve their times.
$65 includes three hours of instruction.
$80 includes use of a composite or plastic sea kayak.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
Ben Lawry's Advanced Kayak Maneuvering
Ben's Advanced Kayak Maneuvering Clinic will help you steer your boat strongly, smoothly, and efficiently. We will play with the difference between draw strokes and rudder strokes, and focus on the appropriateness and selection of the stroke. A keen interest will be on safety and ergonomics while keeping the boat moving smoothly in our intended arc. We will explore how to set up the boat, paddle, and torso to make the strokes most effective.
$65 includes three hours of instruction.
$80 includes use of a composite or plastic sea kayak.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
Ben Lawry's Racing Forward Stroke Clinic
Ben's Racing Forward Stroke Clinic is designed specifically for experienced paddlers in race-style kayaks. The grip, paddle, and body are covered as we work toward a technically perfect forward stroke for the racer and fitness paddler. We focus on power, efficiency, and dialing in our technique, with the ultimate goal of improving our times.
$65 includes three hours of instruction.
$80 includes use of a composite or plastic sea kayak.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
1.5-Hour Private Lesson with Ben Lawry
Spend 90 minutes with Ben Lawry improving your kayaking skills, dialing in your technique, and picking his brain. You choose the topics and the pace! Ben has worked with thousands of students around the world, and you can benefit from this incomparable experience with a private lesson. Ben can accommodate up to two students in one time slot. Boat rental is additional.
Can't make it to Ben's private lesson times? Schedule a time with one of our own expert instructors!
Private Lesson with Ben Lawry meets at our Newton Boathouse.
$129 includes 90 minutes of instruction for one student.
$199 for two students.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
Ben Lawry's Dry-Land Rolling Class
Ben's Dry-Land Rolling Class is designed for anyone looking to start learning Eskimo rolling or work on rolling skills that haven't quite been mastered. Since holding one's breath is a barrier to learning, Ben has developed dry-land rolling. It allows you to go through all the motions of rolling without the worry of being underwater. Once you have the muscles trained, you can progress to the water with a strong idea of the motions you will be executing. This class is taught entirely on land and does not contain an on-water or in-water component.
$25 includes one hour of dry-land instruction.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
 
Oscar Chalupsky
Oscar Chalupsky is twelve-time World Ocean Racing Champion and co-founder of
Epic Kayaks. He hails from South Africa, grew up paddling sprint kayaks and surf skis, and is known for his fearless composure in huge waves.
He competed in the 1000m K4 in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His most recent victory in the Molokai Challenge World Ocean Racing Championships came in 2012 at age 49, 29 years after his first victory in the event.
Oscar Chalupsky's Forward Stroke Clinic
Oscar will take you on a journey of how to train, how to win, and, if you don't race, how to improve your paddling with his methodology, technique, and drills. The clinic includes both a classroom session and on-water drills. Paddlers from beginners to elite athletes have attended Oscar's clinic and come away with improvements in their technique, safety, and love for paddling. Everyone is invited, no matter your experience level or whether you paddle a surf ski or sea kayak.
Oscar Chalupsky's 2-Hour Forward Stroke Clinic meets at our Newton Boathouse.
$125 includes two hours of instruction, and complimentary use of a composite or plastic sea kayak or surf ski (depends on availability).
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
Danielle DeForest — SUP
Danielle DeForest loves the water and her job as a sales rep for
Werner Paddles. Her first experience paddling was on family canoe trips down the Saco as a toddler. As an adult, Danielle finds fun with a paddle in a variety of environments — rivers, lakes, and (her favorite) the ocean. "My most recent obsession is stand-up paddling." You will find Danielle paddle-surfing when the waves are good, otherwise she will be exploring the waters of Cape Cod (her home) and areas from Maine to Maryland (her Werner territory).
Danielle started racing a couple years ago and found the competition a great way to challenge her both mentally and physically. "I like racing and the uncertainty of it. No two races are alike because no two bodies of water are alike, you have to train in all conditions and learn the skills to stay competitive. It isn't just about going fast, it is buoy turns and surf zones, it is understanding the current and using the wind to your advantage or stroke to handle a headwind." She looks forward to sharing her stoke of the sport with others and hopes to see you on the water.
Danielle's SUP Forward Stroke Plus Clinic
Now that the initial excitement of you becoming a Stand-Up Paddler has sunk in, it's time to start building your skills. The most important, the one that helps you spend more time on the water with the smallest recovery time is a good forward stroke. Plus, we will explore a variety of other maneuvers and skills to take you to the next level.
Join Werner Paddle’s Danielle DeForest in this seminar to break down the SUP forward stroke and make it very simple to learn and apply on the water. This will be an interactive seminar for recreational paddlers and aspiring racers, so bring an open mind and be ready to have some fun.
A portion of the proceeds from this clinic will be donated to the Charles River Watershed Association.
Danielle Deforest's 2-Hour SUP Forward Stroke Plus Clinic meets at our Newton Boathouse.
$50 includes two hours of instruction.
$65 includes use of a stand-up paddleboard.
Formal Introductory Instruction Recommended
We recommend, but do not require, that students take our Introduction to SUP or a private lesson before participating in our Danielle Deforest's SUP Forward Stroke Plus Clinic.
If you have had no formal training, you must have had significant SUP or surfing experience before participating. If you have questions about the pre-requisites for our Danielle Deforest's SUP Forward Stroke Plus Clinic, please contact us.
Registration & Cancellation Policies for Paddling Classes and Trips
  • Full payment is due upon registration for a class, clinic, or trip.
  • For cancellations received 7 days or more before your scheduled activity, we will issue a refund less a 10% registration fee.
  • For cancellations received fewer than 7 days before your scheduled activity, we are unable to offer any refunds.
  • Classes, clinics, and trips always run unless the weather is extreme.
  • A minimum number of registrants is required for any event to run. If we cancel an event due to low enrollment, we will provide a full refund.
  • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
Pre-Requisites & Requirements. Before signing up, you must have:
  • Formal introductory instruction, like our Introduction to SUP, is recommended but not required.
  • No Dates Are Currently Scheduled
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