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Instructional Programs
Whether you need to learn the basics or refine your expert skills,
the Paddle Shack has the right program for you.
 

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George of the Paddle Shack providing
basic instruction at Burlington County College
Photo by Charley Gallagher


Skill Development:

A great feature of kayaking is the total flexibility of the paddling experience! There is a paddling style and level to suit everyone. If your goal is to drift with your feet up, or challenge the open waters, your safety is directly affected by your knowledge and ability.

The Paddle Shack has skill development programs for both the experienced and the novice kayaker. We offer learn to paddle programs that will get the beginner in a boat and safely prepared for flat and moving water. Open water and rolling clinics are available to those who wish to expand their skills. Private or group lessons are available. Specific skill development classes are available for seniors, children, and young adults.

Programs offered include:

Guided Trips; Learn basic safety and paddle strokes as you participate in a guided ecotour of the salt marsh, or local historic river tour. This program is designed to introduce those who are new to kayaking to the sport. All safety gear, boat, paddle, and PFD are provided. The pace is relaxed, short talking topics and points of interest along the way insure that everyone keeps up with the group. Trip time 2-3 hours. Cost $45.00


Introduction to Kayaking; What you need to know to safely get started kayaking, and test paddle boats you are interested in...all in one highly instructional class. Start with the basic differences in kayak and paddle design. Proceed to safely enter and exit your kayak, learn proper techniques for forward, reverse, turning and sideward movements of your kayak, learn the value of torso rotation, how to stop yourself from accidentally turning over (the art of bracing).

This course will give you the skills to safely and effectively get started kayaking - essentially combining our Basic and Advanced Flat Water Skills Classes. Fee is $100...Equipment rental ( touring kayak, spray skirt, paddle, pump, PFD) if needed $25. Once you are comfortable handling a kayak, you are encouraged to test paddle the different style kayaks that we bring to the class. You will leave the class knowing how to handle a kayak, and knowing what features to look for before you buy your own boat.

Course consists of 2 sessions of approx 3 hours each, usually separated by at least a week to give you time to practice new skills and then address concerns at the second session. If you intend to become a skilled & proficient paddler, this class is a must!

Class participants may receive the newly published "Recreational Kayaking, The Essential Skills and Safety" by Alex Mathews and Ken Whiting...a $15 value! You’ll learn to choose the right equipment, important issues to understand before you hit the water, the essential strokes and paddling techniques, how to get the most out of your kayak, how to stay safe on the water, and much more.

For current class schedule, visit the Paddle Shack Events Calendar, or contact "The Shack".
 


Basic Flat Water Skill Classes; Learn to maneuver your kayak, forward and reverse strokes, sweeps, draws. Become comfortable with a wet exit...yes, plan to get wet...and have lots of fun! Class duration is three hours. Class fee is $60. Equipment rental ( kayak, spray skirt, paddle, pump, PFD) if needed $25.
For current class schedule, visit the Paddle Shack Events Calendar, or contact "The Shack".


Advanced Flat Water Skill Classes; Build upon Basic Flat Water Skills, develop sculling draws, sideslip, edged turns, self and group rescues. You will get wet! Prepares you for safely paddling lakes, open rivers, tidal waters and bays. Class duration is three hours. Class fee is $60. Equipment rental ( touring kayak, spray skirt, paddle, pump, PFD) if needed $25.
For current class schedule, visit the Paddle Shack Events Calendar, or contact "The Shack".


Basic Moving Water Skill Classes; Build upon Basic Flat Water Skills, learn how to read and safely negotiate moving flat water, river safety, moving water boat control including eddy turns and ferry movements in local fresh water conditions. Class duration is three hours. Class fee is $60. Equipment rental ( performance recreation kayak, paddle, pump, PFD) if needed $25.
For current class schedule, visit the Paddle Shack Events Calendar, or contact "The Shack".


Rolling Clinics: Review bracing techniques, self and assisted rescues, wet exits, become comfortable hanging out upside-down, develop a sweep role to easily right your kayak. Knowing how to roll your kayak is a great safety tool and incredible confidence builder. Warning...you will find rolling is so much fun, you will easily become addicted!! Class duration: two sessions of three hours each. Class fee $120. Equipment rental ( touring kayak, spray skirt, paddle, pump, PFD) if needed $45. Contact the Paddle Shack for current class schedule.



Current as of Aug 6, 2017. Please call to schedule instruction. Program timing & content may vary somewhat from posted details.


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Fall Store Hours:
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 6pm
Please call to confirm; we might take time off to paddle
Weekdays by appointment
Phone & Internet: Daily 7am - 10 pm

We will be Closed all day:
Sunday Sept 24
Saturday Nov 11
We will open late (after 1:30PM) on:
Saturday Sept 23
Saturday Oct 2
Sunday Oct 22
Sunday Nov 12
Sunday Dec 3
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Phone & Internet: Daily 7am - 10 pm
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