Family Kayak Clinics

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Kayak with Your Family

Your clinic meets at our base in Charlemont, MA promptly at 9 a.m. Sip on some complimentary hot beverages, available upon your arrival.

Family kayaking clinics are a great way for families to learn kayaking in Massachusetts, get outside and also spend time together. Our family kayaking clinics are appropriate for children between 10 and 16 and one or both parents. The goal of this clinic is to introduce the sport of whitewater canoeing or kayaking and teach the basic techniques for safe paddling. For those with prior kayaking experience, we can progress past the basics of paddling to meet your individual goals.

Using a games-oriented approach, we teach the basic maneuvers on flatwater before transitioning to moving water and then on to whitewater kayaking. You learn essential river moves including eddy turns, peel outs and ferries together as a family.

Often after introducing the sport and the equipment, we get our first taste of the boats in the security of a pond where we can practice exiting and leaning the kayak and learn the basic strokes, including sweep strokes, forward strokes, draws, and braces. Once people are comfortable in the boats, we head to moving water where we introduce river maneuvers such as the eddy turn, peel out, and ferry. On the second day, we continue to work on river maneuvers, and we end by running a several-mile-long, Class I-II section of river.

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