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2017 Schedule- Updated July 21, 2017 - Follow links to course descriptions and book recommendations below the calendar.

How to Register: E-mail or text us with the course title & date, your name, telephone number & home address: E-mail is michele at kayak-adventure.net; iPhone is 203-247-1390. To rent a kayak, please include your height & weight. We do lessons by appointment - let us know your availability.

See Detailed Information on Rates & Terms at this link.
Prices do NOT include kayak rentals, unless specifically stated.

JANUARY 2017

16 - Sound Kayakers' Saugatuck River Trip, 11 am - 2 pm, Launch: State ramp Westport, CT

MARCH

18 - Sound Kayakers' Seals Trip, 9 am - 12 pm, launch: Byram Harbor.
26 - Sound Kayakers' Party, 5-7 pm, Contact Michele for Norwalk address & to RSVP.

APRIL

9 - Sound Kayakers' Birds of Prey Trip, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm, launch: Second Street, Norwalk. Census Osprey nests in Norwalk Harbor. Check for Bald Eagles.
30 - Cold Water Kayaking,
2:30 - 4:30 pm, $80, $110 with kayak included.

MAY
7 - Quickstart Kayak, 8:30 - 11:30 am, $75.
12 - Sound Kayakers' Birds of Prey Trip, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm, launch: Second Street, Norwalk. Census Osprey nests in Norwalk Harbor. Check for Bald Eagles.
29 - Introduction to Kayak, 10 am - 4 pm, $110 (5 spaces available).
31 - Introduction to Kayak, 11 am - 5 pm, $110 (4 spaces available).

JUNE
3 - CT Trails Day Kayak Trip at Sherwood Island SP, 8 - 10:30 am. Free.
4 - Sound Kayakers' 14 Mile Paddle - Westport to Fairfield,
1-5 pm.
5 - Introduction to Kayak,
9 am - 3 pm, $110.
6 - Sound Kayakers' Harbor Trip,
1:45-3:15 pm, launch: Second Street, Norwalk.
9 or 11 - Introduction to Kayak,
8 am - 2 pm on the 9th, 10:30-4:30 on the 11th. $110.
11 - Coastal Kayak Level 3/Cross Sound Prep, 9 am - 5 pm, $140. See July 23.
13 - Sound Kayakers' Shelter Island Circumnavigation, 8 am to 6 pm.
23 - Introduction to Kayak, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. $110.

JULY

3 - Sound Kayakers' Fireworks Paddle & Picnic, 6:30 - 9:30 pm,launch: Saugatuck ramp, Westport.
7
- Introduction to Kayak, 8 am - 2 pm. $110.
9
- Family Fun Sit-on_Top, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, $80/family.
9 - Sound Kayakers' Full Moon Picnic & Paddle, 5:30 - 9:30 pm, launch Saugatuck ramp, Westport.
15 - Manhattan Circumnavigation with YPRC, 7 am - 7 pm.
23 - Coastal Kayak Level 3/Cross Sound Prep, 9 am - 5 pm, $140. Class required for Cross Sound trip participation August 20 (two spaces left).
25 - Saugatuck Kayak Tour, 3-5 pm, $60 plus rental, if needed.
27 - Sound Kayakers' Thimble Islands Trip, 1 - 4 pm. Meet at Stony Creek launch at 12:30. Please pay member dues of $10 in advance.
29 - Introduction to Kayak, 11 - 5 pm. $110 (two spaces left).
30
- Sound Kayakers' Osprey Trip, 1 - 5 pm, launch: Second Street. Census Osprey nesting in Norwalk Harbor. Chicks are ready to leave the nest!

AUGUST

1-3 - Sound Kayakers' Camping Trip, meet 10 am, return 5 pm. launch: Greenport Town Dock.
6 - Introduction to Kayak, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. $110 (two spaces left).
15 -
Coastal Kayak Level 3/Cross Sound Prep,
8 am - 4 pm, $140.
19 - Cross-Sound Kayak, 7 am - 3:30 pm. Launch: Rowayton. Permission required.
26 - Introduction to Kayak, 10 am - 4 pm. $110.

SEPTEMBER
2 - Birding by Kayak,
8-11 am. Meet Saugatuck boat launchramp.
4 - Introduction to Kayak, 8 am - 2 pm. $110.
16 - Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race, Norwalk, CT- Join Sound Kayakers at this event!

OCTOBER
9 - Sound Kayakers' Columbus Day Trip.

NOVEMBER
12 - Sound Kayakers' City Island Trip, 9 am - 1 pm, launch: Glen Island, New Rochelle.


DECEMBER


SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION
Beginners: Our learn to kayak program starts with one of three choices: Family Fun Sit-on-Top, a two hour class designed for parents & children; Quickstart, a four hour short intro to sea kayaking; or Introduction to Kayak, our six hour course recommended for sea kayakers who've never had a formal lesson. We usually have 2-3 students/class. Follow this with regular, short practice sessions close to shore off a beach where there are lots of people. After that, you'll be ready to kayak on days with winds no more than 10 knots. Joining our Sound Kayakers club is a good way to meet trained kayakers and to get additional experience.

Intermediate & Advanced Paddlers: Continue to Coastal Kayak Level 2 instruction for in-depth navigation, tidal current and trip planning skills. Follow up with Coastal Kayak Level 3 for stroke refinement and advanced rescue & recovery skills. Our Level 2-3 classes give you the skills to paddle up to a mile from shore on days with winds 15-20 knots, and current from 1-1.5 knots.

Introduction to Kayak - Level 1
Our six hour Intro course is designed to give a sit-inside kayaker the information and skills to paddle safely along the coast of Long Island Sound. Half of the class will be on-water and half will be land-based. Sea kayaking is a sport with significant risk. Previous experience on the sea is helpful, but not required (swimming, sailing, power boating, snorkeling, etc). You should know how to swim, and be comfortable in and on the water. With a maximum of five students, there is plenty of individual attention. We understand and help you overcome the instinctive fear of capsizing and being underwater. Our class includes use of a sprayskirt, wet exit instruction in waist-deep water, re-entry practice in shallow water, and optionally in deeper water (you decide what you're ready for). We launch five minutes from our home base onto an estuary (river mouth), where we are relatively sheltered from wind and waves.
Recommended Book: The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook, Second Edition

Coastal Kayak Level 2
is the ideal follow-up to Level 1 instruction. On land we show you how to read nautical charts, how to use them to make a trip plan, and to keep track of time, distance and speed while on water, using compass and chart. We discuss how to make and file a float plan, and how to communicate with on-shore support. You will learn how to find and interpret tidal current information and use it for trip planning. On the water we coach you to paddle in a straight line (without a rudder), and to develop an efficient and powerful forward stroke. We explain nautical "rules of the road," and demonstrate how to share the water with powered vessels. We practice 180 degree turns, and maneuvers to avoid collision. We teach low braces to recover from a near-capsize, and make sure your re-entry methods get you back in your kayak quickly in deep water. We'll show you how to pack your kayak for an extended tour, how to keep your kayak skeg trouble-free, and how to prevent typical on-water emergencies.
Recommended Book: Simple Kayak Navigation: Practical Piloting for the Passionate Paddler

Coastal Kayak Level 3
Once you're comfortable on protected water along the coast, learn to handle your kayak in a variety of sea conditions up to a mile from shore (within a half mile of islands). You'll learn how to launch and land in waves. We'll teach how to paddle effectively in a group, taking advantage of drafting and rafting up when needed. We'll work on forward stroke to increase power and efficiency so you can make good headway against tidal currents, and get to shelter/shore fast if the weather changes. To handle motorboat chop, going downwind and paddling in a crosswind, we'll teach edging, ruddering (bow & stern pries and draws), and how to modify sweeps & draws to incorporate bracing. You'll learn how to use the wind to effectively turn your kayak with minimal effort. In our rescues segment you'll learn how to assist other paddlers who've capsized, using several techniques. We'll teach you why and how to tow, and you'll learn or fine-tune solo back-up re-entry methods. To increase your safety offshore, we'll suggest gear that increases visibility and endurance; we'll play games to enhance balance; and rehearse one or more incident scenarios.
Recommended Book: Sea Kayak Rescue, 2nd edition: The Definitive Guide to Modern Reentry and Recovery Techniques (How to Paddle Series)