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Kayaking Essentials Class – July 30 – 1 PM

July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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All classes will be held at River Park (6625 Bridge St, Ellsworth, MI)

This class teaches paddlers the basics for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. You’ll learn about what kayaks work best for what conditions and other paddling best practices. Learn how to make the kayak go where you want it to go and basic safety skills needed on the water. You will have the opportunity to learn what to do when (not if) you end in the water, out of your boat. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit.


  • Kayak (whatever you use is ok)
  • Paddle
  • Pfd (life jacket)
  • Clothes/rash guard that can get wet – polypropylene, polyester, coolmax, etc…. anything but cotton!
  • Fleece and raincoat (if cool weather)
  • Water shoes preferred over sandals. Must stay on feet, no flip flops.
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen

If you do not have a kayak, please contact us prior to registration and our instructors may be able to accommodate. 

All classes are taught by ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructors.

Maximum student: teacher ratio is 5:1
Ages: 14 and up

– Participants must wear life jackets while on the water.

– All paddlers must complete a paddling class waiver prior to participation. Waivers can be viewed and signed digitally here.

– Participants must meet the ACA eligibility requirements here.

Note: There must be at least 2 students registered at least 10 days in advance to run the class. If you are unable to attend, we can transfer your registration to another class. Refunds are only available if class is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact us prior to your class about transferring your registration to another class. 

To protect our waters, anytime you change waterways you should ALWAYS Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat and gear to prevent the spread of invasive species. Before joining us out on the water, we ask that you Clean, Drain, Dry your boat and gear. To wash your own boat, check out this link . We recently had New Zealand Mud Snails found in our waterways and hope everyone will do their part to protect our lakes/rivers.


July 30
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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River Park
6625 Bridge St
Ellsworth, MI 49729 United States
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