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Kayaking Next Steps July 23, 2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

This all-day class is for those who may have taken one of our Kayaking Essentials (or another class) and want to continue to work on their skills and learn new skills. We will go over basic stroke techniques including bracing and edging. We will work on rescue techniques including self rescues and t-rescues. 

Because a portion of the day will be spent on rescues, a kayak with bulkheads in the bow and stern is necessary.  Please contact us if you are in need of a kayak to use for the class prior to registering and we may be able to accommodate.  


  • Sea Kayak (one with a bow and stern bulkhead)
  • Paddle
  • Vest-style PFD (life jacket - inherently buoyant, no inflatables)
  • 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
  • Pack lunch

Life jackets must be worn at all times when out on the water. Paddlers should dress to be in the water.  

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.

– Waivers are required. View and sign the waiver digitally here.

– Participants must meet the ACA eligibility requirements here.

Note: 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. 

Participant Information


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While not likely, please provide a number we can contact you at the day of the class in case of any changes.
I will bring a kayak, pfd, and a paddle to the class or have made prior arrangements with the instructor. I can meet the ACA eligibility requirements (link found above).