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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.

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Kayak Kids Paddle Skills Clinic

This three-day skills 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.

Kayak Kids Paddle Skills Clinic Cost Deadline Registration Link
Session 1: July 3, 4 and 6, 2017
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$125 Register by June 28, 2017 Register Online
Session 2: July 17, 18 and 20, 2017
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$125 Register by July 12, 2017 Register Online

More information about this program can be found on our Kayak Kids Paddle Skills Clinic 2017 Handout (pdf).

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Teen Kayaking Adventure Kayak Clinic

For teens looking for a paddling adventure of their own, join us for three days 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 local ecology and our environmental impact during this adventurous week.

Appropriate for teens 14 to 17 years old.

Kayak Teens Adventure Kayak Clinic Dates Cost Payment Deadline Registration Link
July 10, 11 & 13, 2017 $125 Register by July 5 Register Online

More information about this program can be found on our Kayak Teens Adventure Kayak Clinic 2017 Handout (pdf).

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Introduction to Kayaking

This fun and informative program is recommended for beginner kayakers and those looking to build a solid foundation of skills. Our certified instructors will teach ACA Level 1 & Level 2 skills during this full day program. We will start with personal preparation, the paddling environment and equipment use. We will then move on to paddle strokes, maneuvers and recovery techniques and with plenty of games, practice and feedback. This course begins and ends at the boathouse and may utilize a shuttle on one of our local rivers.

Those who own their own kayak and equipment are encouraged to use it during this course.

More information can be found on our Introduction to Kayaking 2017 Handout (pdf).

Introduction to Kayaking Dates & Times Cost Registration Link
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$75 Public / $55 UMass Lowell Register Online
Saturday, July 8, 2017
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$75 Public / $55 UMass Lowell Register Online
Saturday, August 12, 2017 $75 Public / $55 UMass Lowell Register Online

Kayak Basics

This two hour program is designed to give participants a jump start in kayak skills emphasizing safety, basic skill and stroke development and basic recovery technique. Participants will receive an overview of on-water safety, equipment use, forward, reverse and sweep strokes and recoveries. For those with limited time, or looking to try something new, this is the program for you! Be ready to get wet! Our instructional programs are designed for adults, but teens age 14 and older are welcome to participate with a parent.

More information can be found on our Kayak Basics 2017 Handout (pdf).

Kayak Basics Dates & Time Cost Registration Link
Tuesday, May 30
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, June 4
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, June 6
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, June, 11
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday June 13
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, June 18
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday June 20
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, June 25
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday June 27
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, July 2
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, July 4
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, July 9
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, July 11
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, July 16
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, July 18
6 - 8p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, July 23
2 - 4p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, July 25
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, July 30
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, August 1
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, August 6
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, August 8
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, August 13
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, August 15
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, August 20
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Tuesday, August 22
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Sunday, August 27
2 - 4 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online

Tuesday, August 29
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online

Stand-UP Paddleboard (SUP) BASICS

Almost a private lesson, in this small group relaxed instructional session, get an introduction to basic safety, strokes and flatwater SUP technique while basking in the evening glow of the sunset over the Merrimack river. This course often includes a few swims (both intentional and otherwise) so be prepared to get wet! Beginners and welcome! *Our Instructional Programs are designed for adults, but teens age 14 and older are welcome to participate with a parent.

More information can be found on our Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Basics 2017 Handout (pdf).

Stand-up Paddleboard Basics Dates & Times Cost Registration Link
Thursday, June 1
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Thursday, June 15
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Thursday, June 29
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Thursday, July 13
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Thursday, July 27
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Thursday, Aug 10
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online
Thursday, Aug 24
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell Register Online

FAMILY FUN PADDLE

This Program, open to families with children between the ages of 6 and 12, is a relaxed kid friendly introduction to paddle sports. Get a kid centered introduction to boats, equipment and safety, play games, paddle at your own pace and meet other outdoor oriented families! Registration includes one free adult per paid child. *Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Adults not accompanying children in a boat must remain on site for the duration of the program.

More information can be found on our Family Fun Paddle 2017 Handout (pdf).

Family Fun Paddle Dates & Times Cost Registration Link
Thursday, June 8
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell (price includes 1 child and 1 adult) Register Online
Thursday, June 22
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell (price includes 1 child and 1 adult) Register Online
Thursday, July 20
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell (price includes 1 child and 1 adult) Register Online
Thursday, August 3
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell (price includes 1 child and 1 adult) Register Online
Thursday,August 17
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell (price includes 1 child and 1 adult) Register Online
Thursday, August 31
6 - 8 p.m.
$30 Public / $25 UMass Lowell (price includes 1 child and 1 adult) Register Online

Personal Instruction

Personal small group and one-on-one instruction is 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 per person per hour. 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 978-934-1932 or Kevin_Soleil@uml.edu.

American Canoe Association (ACA)

Level 1-2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW / ICW) May 23-25, 2017

This course is an America Canoe Association Instructor Certification Workshop for

Level 1 and Level 2 Instructors for Essentials of Kayak Touring.

More information can be found on the ACA L2 Course Handout (pdf).

ACA L2 Instructor Certification Workshop Dates Cost
Registration Link
ACA L2 Workshop May 23 - 25, 2017 $375 Public / $350 UMass Lowell Register Online