Intro to Kayaking

8 and up
Fitness Level:
Able to sit on the ground and stand up unassisted, able to swim several feet unassisted
Skill Level:
  • Leverett Pond
Please see our calendar for all available dates.
Starts at 5:30pm.
Each participant, or their guardian, must sign a waiver to participate in an Adventure East experience. Following payment of your online booking, your reservation confirmation will include a link to e-sign the waiver. Due to insurance requirements, we are unable to accommodate guests who do not sign a waiver.

This is a 2-hour low-key paddle where paddlers will have the opportunity to become comfortable with using long kayaks and rudders.

We will cover techniques and procedures that are useful to both newer and more experienced (or intrepid) paddlers. We will cover topics such as: adjusting the rudder and outfitting the boat, beginning the paddle with style, basic forward strokes and steering, and ending your excursions upright and dry from the knees up. We will also demonstrate what to do in the event of a capsize.

For the more experienced paddlers, we may explore wet-exits and practice self-help and assisted rescue techniques. Though this will not be a rolling clinic, if you have experience rolling a kayak, you will be invited to practice this as well.

No worries: this won't be all work and no play! We can expect to see waterfowl, raptors, and turtles as we make our way around this secluded patch of paradise.

Additional information regarding this experience

What's Included?

Kayak and paddle

PFD appropriate to water conditions and your needs

A snack and water/beverages

An opportunity to learn and/or practice paddling skills

Dry storage for small personal items

What to Bring

Clothing for paddling and dry clothing

Footwear for paddling and dry land footwear


Sunglasses - polarized ideal

Sunscreen and hat

Waterproof camera

Other Notes:

In all AE programs, we encourage you to use the gear most comfortable to you or appropriate to the activity. If you intend to bring your own equipment, please reach out at least 48-hours prior so we may make final plans for a safe and enjoyable day.