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Introduction to Kayaking

Touring kayaks are versatile boats, well-suited to exploring everything from calm lakes and rivers to remote coastlines.
This course is designed for both the casual paddler and those interested in ocean touring, and will introduce paddlers to proper technique and safety skills required to enjoy kayak touring. While the course is perfect for the beginner, anyone who has never had formal instruction will benefit from this class.
 
Introduction to Kayaking is the foundation of our
Recommended Progression for Aspiring Sea Kayakers.
In this class you will learn efficient paddling technique and the necessary strokes to maneuver your kayak in any direction. The class progresses to intermediate techniques such as bracing to prevent a capsize. We also emphasize safety issues such as trip selection and practicing assisted rescues.
You even get two weeks of unlimited free rentals at any of our rental locations so you can work on your skills outside of class!
This course is excellent preparation for our Ocean Skills Trip, Level 2 Kayak Trips, and Rolling Clinics. As an alternative, we also lead Introductory Sea Kayak Trips to the Massachusetts coast that cover the same material in a protected ocean environment.
Weeknight Series in Newton meets for two 2-hour sessions at our Newton Boathouse on the same day and time for two consecutive weeks (e.g. two Mondays in a row from 6–8pm).
$99 includes four hours of instruction, two weeks of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations, and wetsuit rentals.
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
 
Weekend Series in Newton meets for two 2-hour sessions at our Newton Boathouse on the same day and time for two consecutive weeks (e.g. two Sundays in a row from 8:30–10:30am).
$115 includes four hours of instruction, two weeks of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations, and wetsuit rentals.
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
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(617) 965-5110
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