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Kayak Classes


Kayak East instructional kayak classes take you through a progression of skills, like building blocks, to help you construct a framework for better technique, more fun on the water and safer kayaking.

We are enthusiastic and patient teachers, certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). In addition to possessing the skills necessary to demonstrate proper technique, ACA certification means that we are trained in a wide range of teaching and communication methods so that, through our classes, you will gain the confidence and skills you’ve been looking for. With over 15 years of teaching experience we're sure you will learn and have fun along the way!

Outdoor Kayak Classes (May-Sep)


Intro to Paddling
In this class you'll learn all the basic techniques necessary to get started including: how to get into and out of a kayak, correct paddle handling, forward stroke, reverse stroke, turning, stopping and draw strokes. We'll also introduce the wet exit and assisted re-entry so you will feel safe, comfortable and confident while on the water.


Sign up for both the Intro to Paddling and Intermediate Paddling Skills classes and save $10(Price is $140 after discount).

 




Date Day/ Time Cost
May 20Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Lake HopatcongKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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June 3Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Lake HopatcongKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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June 17Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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June 23Friday - 5:30pm - 8:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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July 8Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Lake HopatcongKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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July 22Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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July 28Friday - 5:30pm - 8:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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August 5Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Lake HopatcongKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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August 26Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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Intermediate Paddling Skills
Challenge yourself to achieve more in your paddling endeavors! We'll start the day with a brief review of the basics. Then, we'll learn boat lean (edging), hip snap and bracing. These skills are the foundation of a good Eskimo roll. We'll combine these skills with the basics to learn new maneuvers including bow rudder and low brace turns. With these skills you'll achieve the comfort level and boat control necessary to paddle more challenging waters.


Sign up for both the Intro to Paddling and Intermediate Paddling Skills classes and save $10(Price is $140 after discount).

 




Date Day/ Time Cost
June 24Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Lake HopatcongKE Boat - $75.00
register
Own Boat - $75.00
register
July 7Friday - 5:30pm - 8:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
register
Own Boat - $75.00
register
July 29Saturday - 9:00am - 12:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
register
Own Boat - $75.00
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Intro to Open Water
Intro to Open Water kayak class/tour, Sandy Hook, NJ - The point of Sandy Hook is a challenging area with waves, strong currents, tidal rips, shipping lanes and boat traffic present much of the time. ACA L4 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer Chris Raab will be joining us for this 5 - 6 hour trip. Together, we will include some coaching for paddlers who wish to develop their skills and comfort level paddling in open water. We'll work on improving boat control while paddling in moderate waves and currents and touch on some navigation and risk management skills necessary for a group paddle.

Pre-requisite for this paddle includes: Intermediate Paddling skills course or the equivalent, Rescues course or the equivalent and some experience paddling in waves.


Date Day/ Time Cost

Rolling
Learn how to right your boat without having to swim. A must for whitewater paddlers and an important safety skill for sea kayakers.

Rolling lessons will be scheduled as 1 hour private lessons at a time convenient to the instructor and student. They will take place at either the Delaware River (Delaware Water Gap section) or Spruce Run Reservoir. Upon registering I will contact you so we can determine a time and location that will fit.

Price is $100






Rescues
What would you do if you accidentally tipped over your kayak? How would you help someone else back into their boat if they tipped? In this class you'll learn and practice self- and assisted-rescues, and develop strategies for dealing with different situations. Beginners to experts will feel safer and more confident on the water with these valuable skills.


Date Day/ Time Cost
July 29Saturday - 1:30pm - 4:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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August 11Friday - 5:30pm - 8:30pm at Spruce Run ReservoirKE Boat - $75.00
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Own Boat - $75.00
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Forward Stroke Class
A good forward stroke is the foundation for all of your kayaking skills. Our most important stroke, yet often one we think about least. During this 2 hour class we will break down the stroke from body positioning and mechanics through paddle handling and movement to refine your technique and help you to paddle stronger, longer and with less effort.


Date Day/ Time Cost
June 24Saturday - 1:30pm - 3:30pm at Lake HopatcongKE Boat - $45.00
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Own Boat - $45.00
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Private Instruction
A great way to focus on a specific skill you'd like to master or learn new ones in a one on one setting. Private sessions can be arranged for one or more people by calling us at 1-866-529-2532, filling out our contact form, or emailing us at info@kayakeast.com.

$75 per hour (2 hour minimum); Additional person $35/hour



Pricing Chart

CLASSES

DURATION PRICE
 Outdoor Classes      

 Intro to Paddling

 3.5 hours $75

 Intermediate Paddling Skills

 3.5 hours $75
 Combined Intro/Intermediate  2 days $140
 Forward Stroke Class  2 hours  $45
 Rescues Class  3 hours $75
 Rolling Class  1 hour $100
 Private Instruction  see above

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