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Outdoor recreation is more popular than ever, including kayaking. We’re offering introductory safety courses for those who want to be smart about paddling. Not only is this course perfect for both those looking to improve their kayaking and those new to the sport, but also for casual paddlers who want to expand their knowledge to have more fun on the water.  


There are many types of kayaks; some are only appropriate for warm water on calm days near shore, while some are for more serious paddlers who would like to explore the open water. In this course, we will discuss the differences between these kayaks and which one best fits your needs. Learning skills in sea kayaks like we provide for this course gives you practical skills that transfer to all types of paddling. This course will be a great resource for your future in paddlesports. 



  • All gear is provided, including wet suits and sea kayaks

  • Learn about water, weather, and risk management as it relates to trip planning

  • Understand the different types of boats and their best uses

  • Learn about and improve on your paddle strokes

  • Practice self and assisted rescues

  • Small class size

  • ACA certified class leaders

There are two parts to this course: classroom and on-water. In the classroom portion, you’ll learn some important concepts to consider before going on a trip, basic safety equipment and how to use it, risk management, and what to expect to see out on the water so you can feel prepared and comfortable planning your adventure. On the water you'll learn how to adjust your equipment, efficient strokes and boat control, and spend time practicing self and assisted rescues.


We provide sea kayaks (double bulkhead sit-inside boats), paddles, spray skirts, wet suits, life jackets, and safety gear. If you have your own kayak, you may also be able to bring that to practice your new skills on, but please be in touch to discuss this option before booking your spot on the course.​ Want to spend more time in a sea kayak? Private outings are also available.

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Location: Harley Ensign Boating Access Site, on South River Road in Harrison Township. Scroll down to see the map.

Dates: Kayak Essentials are available on request, Monday through Thursday only. Please contact us to to set up an appointment.

Custom classes are also available.

Cancellation policy: up to 7 days prior to the event, a full refund of all fees will be given, minus a credit card processing fee. After that time period your reservation is considered final.


Weather: kayaking is highly weather dependent. If the weather conditions are unsuitable, the course will be relocated, rescheduled, or refunded.

This course is suitable for older teenagers and adults of all ages. Height and weight limits apply, dependent on available boat sizes.

Registration - Kayak Essentials
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