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Introduction to Kayaking

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Touring kayaks are versatile boats, well-suited to exploring everything from calm lakes and rivers to remote coastlines.

This course is designed for both the casual paddler and those interested in ocean touring, and will introduce paddlers to proper technique and safety skills required to enjoy kayak touring. While the course is perfect for the beginner, anyone who has never had formal instruction will benefit from this class.

Introduction to Kayaking is the foundation of our
Recommended Progression for Aspiring Sea Kayakers.

In this class you will learn efficient paddling technique and the necessary strokes to maneuver your kayak in any direction. The class progresses to intermediate techniques such as bracing to prevent a capsize. We also emphasize safety issues such as trip selection and practicing assisted rescues.

You even get two weeks of unlimited free rentals at any of our rental locations so you can work on your skills outside of class!

This course is excellent preparation for our Ocean Skills Trip, Level 2 Kayak Trips, and Rolling Clinics. As an alternative, we also lead Introductory Sea Kayak Trips to the Massachusetts coast that cover the same material in a protected ocean environment.

Weekend Series in Newton meets for one 3-hour session at our Newton, Nahanton Park location.

$99 includes three hours of instruction, complimentary use of a kayak, and two weeks of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations.

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Weekend Series in Waltham meets for one 3-hour session at our Waltham, Moody Street location.

$99 includes three hours of instruction, complimentary use of a kayak, and two weeks of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations.

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Weeknight Series in Newton meets for two 2-hour sessions at our Newton, Nahanton Park location on the same day and time for two consecutive weeks (e.g. two Mondays in a row from 6-8pm).

$99 includes four hours of instruction, complimentary use of a kayak, and two weeks of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations.

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Weeknight Series in Waltham meets for two 2-hour sessions at our Waltham, Moody Street location on the same day and time for two consecutive weeks (e.g. two Mondays in a row from 6-8pm).

$99 includes four hours of instruction, complimentary use of a kayak, and two weeks of unlimited on-site practice time at any of our locations.

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