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2018 Schedule- Updated December 1, 2018 - 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.

18 - Sound Kayakers' Saugatuck River Trip, 10 am - 12 pm, Launch: State ramp, Westport.


7 - Quickstart Kayak, 1 - 5 pm, $75 - cancelled - weather.
29 - Sound Kayakers' Birds of Prey Trip, 10 am - 2 pm, launch: Second Street, Norwalk. Census Osprey nests in Norwalk Harbor. Check for Bald Eagles.

6 - Introduction to Kayak, 11 am - 5 pm, $110.

2 - CT Trails Day Kayak at Sherwood Island SP, 1:30-4 pm, free.
16 - Introduction to Kayak, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, $110.
22 - Sound Kayakers'
Westport-Southport Trip,10 am - 3 pm, launch: Saugatuck
24 - Coastal Kayak Level 3/Cross Sound Prep, 9 am - 5 pm, $140.
29 - Sound Kayakers' Norwalk Harbor Trip, 2 - 4 pm, launch: Second Street


2 - Introduction to Kayak, 10 am - 4 pm, $110.
12 -
Introduction to Kayak, 8 am - 2 pm, $110.
15 - On-shore coaching for wet exit & re-entry,
1-3 pm, $50.
- On-shore coaching for wet exit & re-entry, 1-3 pm, $50.


5 - Forward & sweep stroke coaching & practice, 2-5 pm, $60.
18 - Sound Kayakers' Hoyt Island Habitat Restoration via kayak, 9-3. Launch: 2nd Street. Free to dues paid members.

1 - Introduction to Kayak, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. $110.
3 - Quickstart Kayak,
1:30 - 5:30 pm, $100/person with rental.
8 - Coastal Kayak Level 3/Cross Sound Prep,
9 am - 5 pm, $140.
9 - Quickstart Kayak, 10 am - 2 pm, $75, $100 with kayak rental.
22 - Sound Kayakers' Hoyt Island Habitat Restoration via kayak, 8:15 am - 12:15 pm. Launch: Rowayton Community Beach. Service project with free rental kayaks and snacks provided.

4 - Paddle with Inside Author Susan Conrad, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, launch: 2nd Street.
4 - Inside Author Susan Conrad book talk,
7 pm, Norwalk, CT, $15 donation.
8 - Sound Kayakers' Columbus Day Trip,
9 am - 2:30 pm, launch: Rowayton Community Beach.

4 -
Cold Water Kayaking and Fall Foliage Paddle,
9 am - 12 pm, $50, $100 with kayak included.


8 - Quickstart Kayak, 10 am - 2 pm, $75, $100 with kayak rental.

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 Books:
Simple Kayak Navigation: Practical Piloting for the Passionate Paddler

Sea Kayaking Safety and Rescue by John Lull, 2nd edition

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 Books:
Sea Kayak Rescue, 2nd edition: The Definitive Guide to Modern Reentry and Recovery Techniques (How to Paddle Series)
Sea Kayak: A Manual for Intermediate and Advanced Sea Kayakers