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Kayak Lessons

Advanced Lesson Surfing WaveOur 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 before
  • 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

Advanced Beginner

  • 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

Whitewater Instruction
Negotiating Rapid Our Whitewater 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.

Classes are kept small, with usually four or five students per instructor. We emphasize personalized instruction to fit your style. Lessons begin at 10:00 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. After taking a lunch break (lunch provided) we return to our boats to paddle 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!

Rate Schedule

Equipment provided.

$275 per person, for a 1 on 1 private lesson.
$150 per person, for asemi-private lesson (2 - 4 person).
$115 per person, for agroup lesson (5+ person).

Equipment provided.

$150 per person, for a private lesson (1 person only).

Recrational Kayak Lesson are $125 per person
2 hours. Equipment provided.

Kayak Roll Lesson are $175
2 hours. Equipment provided.

Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson are $85
1 hour. Equipment provided.

A 50% deposit is required when you sign up for a lesson. Fully refundable with 5 days cancellation notice.

Please reserve 2 - 3 weeks in advance.

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163 Route 7, West Cornwall, CT 06796  DOES NOT WORK FOR GPS!

(1 mile south of the covered bridge)
ph: 860-672-6365