Our kayak instruction
program is headed by 9 time National Canoe Champion Mark Clarke. Our
instructors have years of paddling and teaching experience and are certified by
the American Canoe Association. Your safety and enjoyment are their primary
concerns. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced paddler, we can
help you get more out of this exciting sport.
- have never paddled before, or have never paddled whitewater
- are switching from open to decked boat (or vice versa) and are no
better than an intermediate in the former craft
- are uncomfortable with wet exits
- have some river experience
- can paddle in a straight line
- can execute basic ferries, peel-outs and eddy turns
- comfortable on Class I and II water
- can surf small waves and holes
- working on Eskimo roll
Instruction program is headed by Mark Clarke, a certified American Canoe
Association instructor. Mark is an eight-time Open Canoe National Champion and
is a nationally ranked kayaker. Mark has many years teaching experience and
makes your safety and enjoyment his primary concern. (You may have seen Mark
kayaking in a T.V. commercial that he did for Honda a few years ago)
Classes are kept small, with usually four or five students per
instructor. We emphasize personalized instruction to fit your style. Lessons
begin at 9:30 am at our shop and end at approximately 4:00 pm. All equipment,
local transportation and lunch is included.
Beginner Lessons start on a quiet local pond where we work on
basic strokes and becoming familiar with your boat. Then, back to our shop for
a lunch of deli sandwiches, fresh fruit and juices while we watch some paddling
videos. After lunch we return to our boats on an easy stretch of the Housatonic
river for the rest of the afternoon. No experience is necessary but you should
know how to swim.
We offer lessons for paddlers of all skill levels. Whether you wish
to make paddling a major part of your life, or simply wish to try it out, we
can help! Call us.
We will schedule group lessons on days other than listed if you have
a group of three or more and give us one week notice.
$105 per person, per day for group
$125 per person, per day for
semi-private lesson (2 person min.).
$160 per person, per day for one person
A 50% deposit is required when you sign up for a lesson. Fully
refundable with 5 days cancellation notice. There is a $15 discount if you
provide all of your own equipment.
Eskimo Roll Lessons are $25 per hour, min. 2 hours. Equipment is not
Private or semi-private lessons will be scheduled at your
A 2-3 hour clinic
followed by an afternoon of paddling on your own. $55 per person. Meet at 9:30 am.
Please reserve early as lessons fill up quickly.
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163 Route 7, West
Cornwall, CT 06796
(1 mile south of the covered bridge)