This fun and informative full day program is recommended for beginner and intermediate kayakers looking to build a solid foundation of kayak touring skills. Our certified instructors will teach ACA Level 1 & Level 2 skills during this full day program. The basic curriculum for this course includes: personal preparation, the paddling environment, boat fit, equipment use, paddle strokes, maneuvers and recovery techniques. The day will unfold with shore and water based instruction sequenced out of UMass Lowell Boathouse.    


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

All necessary program equipment is provided.

Please see the plan your visit page for online waivers and what to bring and wear.

Physical Exertion

Moderate: Participants will paddle 1-5 mi (2-8 km) and current may be present but weak. Waves will be less than 1ft with the potential for winds up to 10mph. Expect potentially cold water. Previous experience is recommended but not required. Swimming ability with life jacket assistance is required. Paddle times usually run 3-5 hours a day.


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

Must be able to independently keep head above water while wearing in a life jacket/pfd.

No previous experience required.

Cost $65

Cost includes: full day of instruction and boat and equipment rental. Bring your own lunch.

Introduction to Kayaking Dates and TimesRegistration Link
Saturday, June 18, 2022
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register Online June 18
Saturday, July 16, 2022
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Register Online July 16
Saturday, August 6, 2022
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Register Online August 6