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Kids' Paddling Summer Programs

Kids in our Sea Kayak Program paddle in Cohasset Harbor.
Get your child outside this summer! Our variety of paddling summer programs provides paddling instruction and experience to kids ages 10 to 16.
We mix instruction with expeditions, games, and activities to give your child a complete introduction to the world of paddling. Best of all, kids love it!
We offer a variety of programs tailored to different ages and abilities. All programs are led by experienced guides who are skilled paddlers, patient instructors, and are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
Our Kids' Kayak Class is held in Waltham and introduces kids age 10–13 to the fun and excitement of kayaking.
Our Kids' SUP Class is held in Waltham and introduces kids age 10–13 to the unique and fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding.
Our Sea Kayak & SUP Program is based in Waltham and allows kids in grades 6–8 to experience the beautiful Massachusetts coast.
Our Teen Adventure Program is based in Kendall Square, Cambridge and allows teens ages 13–16 to enjoy sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
Sea Kayak and SUP Program
The secret is out: Massachusetts has some of the most exciting paddling on the East Coast, and your child can explore it with Charles River Canoe & Kayak! The Sea Kayak and SUP Program is designed for kids entering grades 6–8 who are looking for
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excitement and adventure on the water. We'll spend the first two days in kayaks, learning the basics in a protected harbor, then venture out into an even more exciting locale the second day.
On the third day, we will switch to stand-up paddleboards for some touring and hopefully some surfing!
While the focus of each day is on exploration and adventure, there will be plenty of time for swimming, playing games, and (of course) building friendships. After this adventure, you may have a hard time getting your child to give up a life at sea!
We will explore Boston's Shorelime, with possible destinations such as Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Boston's Inner Harbor, Hingham, and Cohasset. Sign up for one week, or double your fun and choose both!
The Sea Kayak and SUP Program meets each day at our Waltham Paddling Store and then travels by van to the day's paddling destination. The program is for kids entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and requires no previous paddling experience.
Full-Day Sea Kayak and SUP Program meets for three 8-hour sessions (Monday–Wednesday, 8:30am–4:30pm). The program meets at our Waltham Paddling Store and travels by van to the day's destination.
$299 includes three days of full-day programming.
Requirements for Kids' Program Participants
The nature of our kids' program experience requires that children possess a level of self-sufficiency, since activities are conducted in groups, and requires a level of skill to ensure that all campers can participate in our activities. In addition, to promote equal opportunity and enjoyment by all participants, children are expected to display appropriate behavior at all times and readily respond to corrective measures when taken.
In response, we have developed certain requirements that all participants must meet. Click here to view these requirements.
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:
Upcoming Scheduled Dates:
Mon, Jul. 17, 8:30 AMMon, Aug. 7, 8:30 AMMon, Aug. 21, 8:30 AM
Teen Adventure Program
Get your teenager outside this summer with three days of
Kids love paddling in Cohasset Harbor.
fun along the Massachusetts coast in kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
With older kids, we can explore even more and learn more advanced technique. The 3-day program meets each day at our Kendall Square location in Cambridge, and travels by van to the day's destination, which could include Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Boston's Inner Harbor, Hingham, or Cohasset. Sign up for one session or all three! While no experience is necessary, our guides will cater to children of any skill level. The program is designed for teens ages 13-16.
Teen Adventure Program meets for three 7.5-hour sessions at our Kendall Square location in Cambridge (Monday–Wednesday, 9:00am–4:30pm). Each day we travel by van to the day's destination.
$299 includes three full days of teen adventure programming for ages 13-16.
Requirements for Kids' Program Participants
The nature of our kids' program experience requires that children possess a level of self-sufficiency, since activities are conducted in groups, and requires a level of skill to ensure that all campers can participate in our activities. In addition, to promote equal opportunity and enjoyment by all participants, children are expected to display appropriate behavior at all times and readily respond to corrective measures when taken.
In response, we have developed certain requirements that all participants must meet. Click here to view these requirements.
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:
Upcoming Scheduled Dates:
Mon, Jul. 24, 9:00 AMMon, Aug. 14, 9:00 AM
 
Kids' Kayak Class
Kids in our Sea Kayak Camp paddle in Cohasset Harbor.
This one-session class introduces kids to the basics of kayaking in a hands-on, action-packed setting. Our instructors have experience teaching children and will make sure your kids have a blast!
All our classes emphasize safety on the water. We begin with an on-land introduction to equipment and basic paddle strokes. After that, we get on the water and use games and instructional sessions to develop our skills while fostering a lifelong love of paddling.
Classes are kept small, with a maximum student/instructor ratio of 6:1, and are designed for children ages 10 to 13.
Kids' Kayak Class in Waltham meets for one 2-hour session at our Moody Street location in Waltham.
$39 includes two hours of instruction, boat rental, and one week of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations when accompanied by an adult.
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.
Upcoming Scheduled Dates:
Sat, Jun. 24, 2:00 PMSat, Jul. 29, 2:00 PMSat, Aug. 26, 2:00 PM
Kids' Kayak Class in Newton meets for one 2-hour session at our Nahanton Park location in Newton.
$39 includes two hours of instruction, boat rental, and one week of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations when accompanied by an adult.
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.
Upcoming Scheduled Dates:
Sat, Jul. 1, 2:00 PMSun, Jul. 9, 2:00 PMSun, Aug. 6, 2:00 PM
Kids' SUP Class
Kids love stand-up paddleboarding.
This one-session class lets your child try the latest craze in watersports: stand-up paddleboarding! The best part: it's easy to learn SUP while playing games, splashing in the water, and all-around having lots of fun.
All our classes emphasize safety on the water. We begin with an on-land introduction to equipment and basic paddle strokes. After that, we get on the boards to develop our skills while getting kids hooked on paddling.
Classes are kept small, with a maximum student/instructor ratio of 5:1, and are designed for children ages 10 to 13.
Kids' SUP Class in Waltham meets for one 2-hour session at our Moody Street location in Waltham.
$39 includes two hours of instruction, board rental, and one week of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations when accompanied by an adult.
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.
Upcoming Scheduled Dates:
Sun, Jul. 2, 2:00 PMSun, Jul. 23, 2:00 PMSun, Aug. 20, 2:00 PM
Kids' SUP Class in Newton meets for one 2-hour session at our Nahanton Park location in Newton.
$39 includes two hours of instruction, board rental, and one week of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations when accompanied by an adult.
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.
Upcoming Scheduled Dates:
Sun, Jun. 25, 2:00 PMSat, Jul. 15, 2:00 PMSat, Aug. 12, 2:00 PM
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