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  • 4 lessons for $225


Quick Details

  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Your own lock for the lockers
  • Water bottle and energy snack
  • Face mask required indoors
  • Arrive in quick-dry athletic clothes and bring extras
Per Lesson
Four Lesson Pack $225

Beginner kayak lessons

You don’t need any water experience to learn to use a touring kayak. These kayaks go faster and farther than recreational ones. Get the 4 Pack for one person to take the four 2-hour lessons in order: Basics 1, 2, 3, then 4. You can get lessons for $75 each but they can’t be re-combined into a 4 pack later.

Take 1-2 lessons per week for the most effective learning experience and a 45-min rental in the cove in the meantime (optional). Developing proprioception on water can’t be rushed. Most learners feel clumsy at first and start enjoying themselves after Basics 4. You qualify to become a member after Basics 4. It takes several longer trips for that ah ha! moment when things click into place.

Kayak Basics 1: Don’t let its name fool you: Basics 1 is the most fundamental lesson. Learn to outfit yourself and the kayak, then try basic strokes in the calm water between the Pier 84 Boathouse and Intrepid. 

Kayak Basics 2: Develop an efficient forward stroke and better kayak control. Connect your stroke from toes to blades. We finish with an optional self-rescue. 

Kayak Basics 3: Refine your steering strokes and learn how to capsize and re-enter. Knowing self-rescues is an essential step for your ongoing safety.

Kayak Basics 4: Learn about river safety then paddle out into the river to try out your newfound skills in the waves and wind. 

After Basics 4, you’re eligible for membership and Intermediate trips. Start with the Little Island, Golden Hour, or Secret Beach Trips. 


  • Participants must be able to do 10 push-ups and 10 squats comfortably

We provide

  • Touring kayak, life jacket, paddle, and instructor
  • Restroom, lockers, outdoor showers, changing room


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