Where can I take paddling lessons and get kayaking instruction?

Several ACA certified instructors offer lessons to JSSKA members at a discounted price.

These classes are not given by JSSKA but are available to our members at a discount.

Classes are offered for both beginner and experienced kayakers.

Chris Raab is a long time friend and member of JSSKA. He is an ACA certified instructor who offers instruction to JSSKA members at a discount. Chris also teaches paddle making skills. For more information see: Tuktupaddles.com

Bryan Mitchell is a long time friend and member of JSSKA. He is an ACA certified instructor who runs greenwavepaddling.com and offers instruction to JSSKA members at a discount. A portion of the proceeds of his lessons is donated to non-profit environmental organizations. For more information see: Greenwavepaddling.com

 

The Jersey Paddler Store also offers kayaking instruction throughout the year at 1756 Rt 88 West, Brick, NJ. 1-888-22-KAYAK. See http://www.jerseypaddler.com/ for more information.

Ask if the class is offered at a discount to JSSKA members.

 

The Paddle Shack store, located at 5045 Mays Landing-Somers Point Rd, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. 609-909-5250 also gives classes and winter pool sessions.

Ask if the class is offered at a discount to JSSKA members. http://www.paddleshack.com/

The local park systems in Monmouth & Ocean Counties offer beginner instruction and guided trips for sea kayaking and kayak surfing. Contact the parks department in your area to find an up to date schedule of instructions.

The American Canoe Association (ACA) also offers padding skills training both in person and through on-line courses. http://www.americancanoe.org/site/c.lvIZIkNZJuE/b.4343455/k.86FB/Learn_t...

For new paddlers who just purchased a boat, ACA offers SmartStart for Paddlers, a paddlesport safety presentation from iPaddleOnline and the ACA. The presentation contains some basic information on safety, and tips on boating skills. It can help you learn to avoid some of the simple mistakes that can cause problems for a new paddler, but please remember that there is a lot more to know about paddling safely than you can learn here

Basic safety information is also available through online videos. This Canadian site has some good information: http://www.oceankayakingsafety.com/rescue-videos.html