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Taught by ACA* certified instructors, our classes offer high-quality kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) training for you, your friends, and your family. We know how to evaluate your paddling skills and use the learning style that works best for you. Taking the next step has never been easier, and you will be amazed how much your kayak or stand up paddleboarding skills improve.
Level 1: Intro to Kayaking
Intro to kayaking is a basic half day course. You will learn a little about different kayaks, gear, entry level skills, and strokes. Our classes cover the basics plus a few extras to help get your paddling on track. Because it’s only a half day class we will concentrate on basic techniques for a solid foundation, but we will not have time to go into deep refinement. Included in the instruction are kayak and gear nomenclature, beginning strokes for calm water, launching and landing, environmental and self-hazards plus risk assessment and safe kayak practices. For rescues and recoveries look for the level 2 class.
Level 2: Intermediate Coastal Kayaking
After you have had some time to practice your new skills, or you decide a more in-depth class is what you want, take the Level 2 Intermediate Coastal Kayaking class. This class recaps and refines what you learned in Level 1. It introduces more advanced strokes and basic rescue and recovery technique. We use the body, boat, blade concept to help you learn to feel your kayak and start using it as an extension of your body. After this course, you will understand how to turn your kayak using sweep strokes, bow and stern rudders, basic bracing technique, and get some idea of how weather and tide works. Depending on your skill level, we will also touch on edging and more advanced technique. Simple kayak recoveries and rescues are also an important part of the course, so be prepared to get wet.
Recovery 1: Self Recovery
Everyone who plans on spending time on the water needs to know how to recover when their kayak flips. Getting back into your kayak after a capsize is key and a necessary fundamental of kayaking. In this, half-day class, you will be taught how to get back in your kayak using techniques such as the paddle float reentry, and the cowboy, or scramble. We will also discuss multi-kayak recoveries and rescues to get you started on your next phase of learning.
Recovery 2: Assisted Recoveries
These kayak skills can save the lives of you and your friends. This class takes recoveries to the next level. We review basics and turn them into more advanced skills. The class touches on self-recoveries but only touches on kayak rolling. Next, we jump into kayak rescues such as the TX rescue and its variations, the heal-hook, hand-of-god, scoop, bow-rescue, and all-in. Basic kayak towing technique is also covered. Kayak rescues are indisputably some of the most important skills you can learn as a kayaker. We recommended you do this class with your paddling club or friends. Remember the life they save may be yours.
Find out why everyone is talking about stand up paddle boarding, SUP. Paddle NC wants to help you get your feet wet. In this class, learn the basics and a little bit more. We go over, board stance and use, basic strokes, such as forward stroke, c stroke, bow rudder, cross bow rudder, and sweep strokes. After one of our stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons, you will be able to adventure out on your own.
ACA* Kayak Instruction
Half Day $75
Full Day $125
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Instruction
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Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board/SUP Tours, Rentals, & Instruction Serving Wilmington NC, Emerald Isle, Southport, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher, Cape Fear River, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Beaches, Jacksonville, Swansboro & Emerald Isle March 11th – May 13th: Everyday by Appointment, Weekends 8am-5pm
Hours of Operation:
May 19th-Labor Day: Everyday 8am-6pm
Labor Day – October: Everyday by Appointment, Weekends 8am-5pm
November – March 11th: Closed Except by Appointment
Tours and Instruction Require Reservation
Jacksonville and Fort Fisher Hours Differ Slightly, Please Call
Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board/SUP Tours, Rentals, & Instruction
Serving Wilmington NC, Emerald Isle, Southport, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher, Cape Fear River, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Beaches, Jacksonville, Swansboro & Emerald Isle
March 11th – May 13th: Everyday by Appointment, Weekends 8am-5pm