Learn to Kayak Class with Tour

Description: This class will introduce students to the basics of paddling a kayak in a mild setting and at a relaxed pace. Students will learn about kayaks, paddles, gear and clothing before learning to launch and being introduced to the basic paddle strokes. This class is a great way for those considering kayaking to try it out. After the class we will take a 2 to 3 hour paddle tour of the area to practice our skills and enjoy the scenery from the decks of our kayaks.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Experience on-the-water instruction in kayaks
  • Learn about basic kayak gear and clothing selection
  • Learn basic kayak stroke techniques including forward, sweep, reverse and draw stroke techniques
  • Learn the basics of managing yourself on a guided kayak tour

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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Gear to bring to class:

(Required)

  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Water Shoes/Sandals - Foot attire that will protect your feet and is okay to get wet. (e.g. Teva, Chaco, Keen (not flip-flops)
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir

(Optional)

  • Paddle Jacket
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Wetsuit - Thickness depends on your local water temperatures. Generally 3mm-4mm is preferable.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Touring/Recreational Kayak
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Dry Bag
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Paddle