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Instructional Programs

Kayak Instructional Programs

We offer many kayak instructional programs. Click on the links below to learn more or to register. All equipment and supplies are included unless otherwise noted.

 Kayaking Kids Clinic

This clinic combines skill development and environmental education with a boat full of fun! First and foremost, kids will learn how to be safe on the water. Kids will play games on land and on water while learning about the relationship between animals and the environment. They may test water quality and go searching for turtles and birds. They will become masters of their boats learning posture, paddle strokes, rescues, and more. Kids will leave with self-confidence and lasting memories. 

Appropriate for kids 10-13 years old.

Session Dates:

July 13-17, 2015
Sessions last from 9 a.m. - Noon each day for three days each week.
Cost per child: $125 
Register Online by July 6, 2015

More information about this program can be found on our Information Handout (pdf).

 Kayaking Teens

For teens looking for a paddling adventure of their own, join us for a week of exploration. After a day of safety and paddling instruction on the Merrimack River, we will venture out to some of its tributaries--from the scenic Concord to the marshy Nashua River, come experience a great diversity. We will explore these areas and learn about our environmental impact during this adventurous week. 

Appropriate for kids 14 to 17 years old.

Session Dates Cost Per Child Payment Deadline Registration Link
Mon. - Fri. July 20-24, 2015
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$150 July 13, 2015 Register Now
Mon. - Fri. July 27-31, 2015
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$150 July 20, 2015 Register Now

More information about this program can be found on our Information Handout (pdf).

 Introduction to Kayaking

This fun program is recommended for beginner kayakers and those looking to build a solid foundation of skills. Our certified instructors will teach ACA Level 1 & 2 skills during this program. We will start with personal preparation, the paddling environment and equipment use. We will then move on to rescue techniques and paddle strokes with plenty of games, practice and feedback.

Appropriate for adults and children 14 and older when accompanied by a parent.

You must register in advance to participate. Registration fee includes kayak, paddle and life jacket (PFD) if needed. Those who own their own kayak are encouraged to use it during this course.

Dates Cost  Registration Link
Sat. June 20, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$100 Register Online
Sat. July 11, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register Online

 Quick Start to Flatwater Kayaking

This two-hour program is designed to give participants a jump start in kayak skills emphasizing safety and basic skill development. Participants will receive an overview of on-water safety, equipment use, forward and sweep strokes. For those with limited time, or looking to try something new, this is the program for you! 

Dates Cost  Registration Link
Wed. June 10, 2015
6 - 8 p.m. 
$30 Register Online
Wed. June 24, 2015
6 - 8 p.m. 
$30 Register Online

*Our Instructional Programs are designed for adults, but teens age 14 and older are welcome to participate with a parent.

 Personal Instruction

Personal small group and one-on-one instruction is also available. Our instructors can work with you on a specific skill or set of skills beyond what we offer in our introduction courses. Instruction is available by the hour for $20. Contact the program coordinator to schedule a time with a certified instructor today.

If you have questions about any of these programs contact Kevin Soleil, Assistant Director of Outdoor & Bicycle Programs at 978-934-6797 or