Essential Kayaking Skills
$75 for REI Members
$85 for non-members
- Minimum age 14
- Group size 8 people
- Instructor REI Experiences Guide
This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of kayaking in a comfortable setting and at a relaxed pace. You will learn about proper strokes and paddling technique, and get the chance to practice these new skills on a beautiful, local waterway. REI's expert guides will also teach the basics of water safety, trip planning, and how to have an enjoyable time on the water. This is a great way to build a new skill set or improve upon what you already know about kayaking. REI provides kayaks, paddles and all necessary safety equipment.
- Learn how to launch and stay comfortable in a kayak
- Practice the forward, reverse, and sweep paddle strokes
- Get exposure to the fundamentals of on the water safety
What to bring with you
More directions and information
Located on the north side of Lake Austin, adjacent to Mansfield Dam, this 62-acre day-use park is ideal for picnicking and swimming. There is a $1/hour parking fee. Restrooms are located in the parking lot. Take Hwy 620 to Low Water Crossing Road. The parking lot is on the right, just before you reach the water. For questions, please call 877-819-3811 Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm or email Austin-OS@rei.com.