Kayak Paddling Classes

Often I am asked “why take a kayak class” when retailers, people, and electronic media proclaim that it is easy to kayak.

As my son has discovered even though he is stronger than me. I am still able to out distance him due to technique. And I have less soreness than he does after a few days on the water.

My goal is to share the love and knowledge of kayaking and the outdoors with others. And one of the best ways to achieve that goal is to help others learn how to kayak safely and without pain with proper technique.

Retailers will not tell customers that technique is what makes kayaking easy. They as well as social media influencers only want you to buy stuff that will wear out. Knowledge lasts forever.

Class and Presentations on:

Water Confidence



Foundation Skills

Greenland Class

Rescues & Safety

Directional Control

On the water injuries


For on the water classes you must use your personal kayak / SUP for class

Private hands on instruction
in the field
  • + $25 for additional student
  • or free for non for profit groups
Group evening / weekend
indoor presentation
  • free for non for profit groups


The reason I prefer to teach in a small forum is to focus on the individual. Information can be lost in large groups and often there are questions left unanswered. Having a personal understanding of our local waters and some of the most unique waterways enables me to customize a class to a student’s needs. I can use the knowledge, training, and certifications I earned from the American Canoe Association (ACA), the British Canoe Union (BCU), and the school of hard knocks to enhance a fun learning environment for the new and experienced student. Paddling is a dream, passion, and means of relaxation for all.

  • Confidence on the Water $50
    • Class is about 3 hours in duration
    • This unique kayak builds on paddlers knowledge of their known paddling techniques
    • The goal is to increase fun and a paddlers time on the water while decreasing shoulder and back problems
    • Learn tricks on how to enjoy paddling from lakes, rivers, protected flat water environments, and slightly windy ocean environments
  • Foundation Skills Kayak Class $75
    • Every Sunday at 10am
    • Class is approximately 3 hours in duration.
    • Develop the foundations needed for easy, skillful kayaking in most conditions.
    • Learn efficient forward paddling, turning, reverse paddling and stopping.
    • Stability and preventing capsize
    • Rescue, assisted, and self-rescue
    • Lifting, launching, and landing your kayak
  • Directional Control $75
    • Class is approximately 3 hours in duration.
    • learn how movement is effected by the placement of the paddle, degree of edging, and blade angle
  • Rolling $50 one hour of instruction
    • Sunday by appointment
    • The Private class is about 1 hour in duration
    • The roll requires little upper body strength
    • Paddlers will develop a safe capsize recovery by using their hips to roll
    • If you paddle mostly in flowing seas we will focus more on bracing to decrease the need of rolling
    • ($35 for repeat sessions)
  • Greenland Kayak Classes
    • Greenland Qajaq Classes are a specialty classes that teach people a relaxed style of paddling.  Five different types of classes on the third and fourth Saturday of every month.
    • Basic / Intro Paddling Strokes, $75
    • Rolling “Self Recovery Techniques in the event of a capsize”, $50
    • ACA Intro to Traditional Qajaq Skills kayak class, $85
    • Greenland Kayak weekend package
  • On the Water Injuries
    • How to Avoid
      • Back Pain
      • Kayak Elbow
    • What to put in your First Aid Kit
    • Practicing First Aid
  • Expeditions
    • How to create your plan
    • Tricks to get sponsors
  • Rescues & Safety
    • Be prepared to spend the day in the water, and bring your safety gear
    • practicing many
      • common rescues
      • common injuries
  • Accessibilities