Kayaking Classes & Ocean Skills Trips

Whether you're a beginner paddler or an advanced intermediate, our kayaking classes and trips will build your skills and make your paddling more enjoyable!

  • Introduction to Kayaking and Introductory Sea Kayaking Trips for beginners and those who've never taken a lesson.
  • Build your skills in our Ocean Skills, Navigation, and Eskimo Rolling.
  • Progress to our Rough Water Trips, for intermediate, advanced, and expert paddlers looking to be comfortable in waves, wind, current, and surf.
  • Private Instruction to learn at your pace.
  • Women's Sea Kayak Clinic for beginning paddlers building their skills.
  • See all our kayak classes.


Summer Programs for Kids & Teens

Get your child outside this summer! Our variety of paddling summer programs provides paddling instruction and experience to kids ages 9–16.


Private Instruction

Improve your kayaking or canoeing skills at your own pace, with personalized attention and a customized focus.

  • Canoeing, Kayaking, or Stand-Up Paddleboarding.
  • Beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
  • Custom Group Instruction is also available.

Paddleboard Instruction

In addition to our Ocean Skills and Rough Water instructional trips, we offer trips to fantastic destinations along the Massachusetts coast.


Canoeing Classes

Learn the basics of keeping your canoe straight, maneuvering, and much more in our introductory lessons!



Group & Corporate Outings

Paddling is a wonderful group activity that anyone can enjoy! Our group outings are customized just for your group: the location, boat types you choose, guiding and catering are up to you.

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