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3 Hours

kayak 101 course

Introduction to kayaking, basic paddling techniques, wind, weather, proper clothing, & wet exits.  Beginner friendly and great for the whole family.

KAYAK 101 


$99 / Student


3 Hours

About the Course

Introduction to Kayaking is a 3-hour course focusing on skills needed for any type of kayak including (but not limited to) touring kayaks, sit-on-tops, recreational, folding and inflatable.

You'll learn kayak nomenclature, stretches, and how to adjust your outfitting to suit your body. Topics include dressing for immersion, weather, and potential paddling hazards. Paddling skills are demonstrated by instructor and practiced by students to maneuver safely and comfortably on still water.

The Kayak 101 classes focus on the basics. In the classroom we discuss paddling safely, local destinations and equipment. On the water, we introduce the basic paddle strokes needed to efficiently move a kayak through the water. Participants will learn how to be efficient in their strokes, understand and work with their boat's stability, and have a chance to execute a proper wet exit.


Classes include all gear, including kayaks, life vests, paddles, and safety equipment.

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  • Beginner paddlers

  • Anyone wanting to gain confidence  

  • Friends who want to enjoy a day on the lake while learning a new skill


  • Wind, weather, waves

  • Kayak terminology

  • Properly fitting your PFD & paddle

  • Proper lifting / carrying techniques

  • How to enter/exit a kayak

  • Paddling techniques

  • Communication signals

  • Performing a wet exit


  • Able to fit into a 52" class III PFD approved by the US Coast Guard

  • Able to enter and exit the kayak with little to no assistance

  • Able to understand commands and follow directions

  • Must  be 14 years of age and 100 lbs

  • No previous experience required

Kylie Grossnicklaus

What Should I Wear?

Your vehicle will be near the water's edge with all your belonging close at hand.  We recommend bringing a dry change of clothes for the drive home.  If you have questions one of our friendly adventure staff can help guide you in the right direction.

Packing List

  • Water bottle and snacks

  • Shorts or pants and shirt (not cotton)

  • Swimsuit (wear under clothes)

  • River sandals or water shoes with a heel strap (no flip flops)

  • Dress in layers

  • Hat and sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Towel

  • Dry clothes for drive home

  • Pen & Paper for notes


Mahan Deeds

PRO TIP:  Students planning to paddle in remote areas (such as Black Canyon) should consider pairing this class with our rescue course - where you will become proficient with capsize recoveries and self-rescue techniques.


Mahan Deeds


  • Professional Instructor

  • All classroom materials

  • Kayak

  • Paddle

  • PFD

  • Drybag for essentials

  • Certificate of completion​

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