Parents: find a leader for an activity below. You can also find and reach out to a Kayaking Leader and let the leader recommend activities to do.
Learn new kayaking skills, or just have fun exploring a local lake in your kayak.
- Beginner lessons include water safety, how to enter/exit the boat safely, basic strokes for steering and stopping, and what to do if your boat flips.
- Intermediate paddlers will learn and refine techniques for steering such as the draw stroke, sculling, the pry, and C-stroke. The stern will learn the J-stroke. Complete obstacle routes and challenges, or use your kayak to explore your local lake.
- Advanced kayaking can focus on a variety of techniques depending on the boater's specific goals.
- Properly sized PFD (personal flotation device)
- It is strongly recommended that a lifeguard be present for ALL aquatic and boating activities. If your lake doesn't have an on-duty lifeguard, ask your leader if they are certified.
Parent Prep: * Be prepared to pay rental fees for boats and equipment. * Ask your leader which site(s) they recommend and are planning to teach your child. You are encouraged to specify your preferred site if you have one. * Discuss with your leader your expectations for the trip. Are you expecting the leader to teach your child new skills to bring them closer to a goal (i.e. learning whitewater), or is the kayak trip "just for fun" on the water.
Enjoy the open water and discover new places along the coast to explore.
This is a high risk activity and should be performed and supervised by an experienced instructor. It is strongly recommended that a lifeguard be present for ALL aquatic and boating activities. If your beach doesn't have its own lifeguard, ask your leader if they are lifeguard certified.
Beginners through advanced kayakers welcome!
Learn the differences between flatwater and openwater kayaking. Beginners will learn the basics of manuevering in a kayak and what to do if it flips. Then go exploring!!!
- Sea Kayak preferred (foot rudders)
- Properly sized PFD (personal flotation device) per kayaker
- Tow rope
- Leader is expected to provide 1st aid kit & cell phone or radio for emergencies.
- Drybag for personal supplies like snacks, cell phone, sunscreen, etc.
- (Optional) Wetsuit depending on water and weather temperature.
- (Optional) Bilge pump
Leader Prep: Ask the parents about the child's skill level and endurance or attention span so you can plan an appropriate route.
Parent Prep: Be prepared to pay rental fees for boats and equipment. Ask your leader which site(s) they recommend and are planning to teach your child. You are encouraged to specify your preferred site if you have one.