Want to try out paddling without the commitment of buying a boat or taking a longer class? This trip is a great way to dip your toes in the water. It lasts approximately an hour and a half to two hours, and is just enough to get acquainted with kayaking. You'll have a chance to learn the very basics of paddling and head down the shoreline with a guide. This option is better than renting a kayak somewhere for two reasons: first, you get the opportunity to try a sea kayak. These boats are a much different experience than a rental kayak. Paddling with a guide you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn the basics; this makes for a safe experience and will set you up to enjoy future paddling. 

On land, you'll learn the basic forward stroke, get your kayak adjusted, and get into your gear, including wetsuit and paddle jacket (depending on temperatures) and a lifejacket. Then you'll have the opportunity to ask questions while we paddle a short ways down the coast. 


We provide sea kayaks (double bulkhead sit-inside boats), paddles, spray skirts, wet suits, life jackets, and safety gear. If you like the gear you use in the course, we can order you your own set directly from us. Want to learn more about kayaking, including trip planning and how to do rescues? Check out Kayak Essentials


Cost per person: $60; all gear is included. After payment, you can expect an email with more information, including what to bring and driving directions. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

We can accommodate groups of one to three, discounts are available if you book with two or three people.

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


Dates: Try Kayaking is currently not available. Please add your name to the waitlist to be notified when classes start up. 

Cancellation policy: up to 7 days prior to the event, a full refund of all fees will be given. 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.


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

  • A great opportunity to safely try sea kayaking

  • Small groups of three or less

  • Wilderness First Responder guide