Kayak Basics

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Learn the Basics of Kayaking with this
Introductory Skills Course

Get your feet wet and learn the basics of the sport of kayaking with this introductory skill building class where you will learn basic kayak strokes and maneuvers.

Learning how to get in your kayak and go places is what this clinic is all about. Following the skill building approach, each participant will learn and practice proper wet exit techniques. Once this skill is accomplished, propulsion and maneuvering strokes will be introduced and practiced including: forward stroke, back (stop); sweep stroke; draw stroke; sculling draw and; low and high braces.

This course also includes an introduction to equipment and kayak rescue techniques.

Current Offerings


We do not have this program in our upcoming schedule.
Please call 845.229.0595 to arrange a private or group program.


Learning to kayak safely, effectively and efficiently is best done with the help of a qualified instructor. The lead instructors for River Connection Kayak Instructional Courses are American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors.

Skills development courses are worth months of just paddling around. After your course, get out and practice your strokes. If you are interested in sightseeing and going places, consider one of our guided Kayak Tours.

We put together a FAQ for our guided tours and instructional programs that answers most of the common questions we receive about these programs. If you need additional information or make a reservation, please Call our showroom at 845.229.0595.