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The Pleasure of Sea Kayaking

Expert guidance for enjoying paddling in all types of water.

Note: Kayaks, paddles, sprayskirts, and life jackets will be provided by the School, but students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own if desired.

Perhaps nothing, absolutely nothing, conveys the joy of being afloat quite so purely as a kayak. WoodenBoat School offers you a variety of outstanding opportunities in a world-class setting to learn and enjoy the art of this popular water sport. In a series of day trips, you’ll explore some of the most spectacular parts of the Maine coast. From the basics to tips on accomplishing more advanced sea kayaking skills, these courses and talented instructors will enable you to discover a new and exciting environment that beckons just off saltwater and freshwater coastlines everywhere.

Choose from the following courses:

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Elements of Coastal Kayaking

Tuition: $850

Note: Students should be in good physical condition, have reliable balance and agility and the ability to enter and exit kayaks from beach or rocky shore. This is a five-day course ending Friday afternoon.

Selecting an appropriate kayak; safety skills; basic gear and equipment; transporting kayaks; paddling strokes; launching and landing; nautical charts and navigation; capsize and recovery skills; and better understanding of weather and sea conditions are a sample of the many topics covered in this fully comprehensive course. Good fun and a great education!


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Advanced Coastal Kayaking

Tuition: $850

Note: This is not an introductory course. Previous kayaking experience is required. Students should be in good physical condition, have reliable balance and agility, and be able to enter and exit kayaks from beach or rocky shore.

This week will provide students with an all-inclusive review of various strokes and braces; maneuvering; techniques to handle current, wind, waves, tide and weather; rules of safety; navigation; solo and assisted rescues; long-distance paddling; and more. The course is intended for paddlers looking to expand their sea kayaking horizons, further their understanding of gear, and spend more time on the water. Nick will bring a selection of his high-performance kayak designs to paddle and learn from, but students are encouraged to bring their own kayaks.

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