Introduction to Kayaking

Kayak Class BostonTouring 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.

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, wind, weather, and other hazards.

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


Weekend Intro to Kayak Lesson  meets for one 3 hour session at the Historic Newton Boathouse.
$99 includes 3 hours of instruction and complimentary use of a kayak.

Weeknight lesson at the Historic Newton Boathouse meets for two 1.5-hour sessions at the Historic Newton Boathouse on the same day and time for two consecutive weeks (e.g. two Mondays in a row from 6-7:30pm).
$99 includes two 90 minute sessions of instruction and complimentary use of a kayak.

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