Kayak Instruction by Location
Flat Water Kayaking
Open Water Kayaking
White Water Kayaking
American Canoe Association (ACA) Certification
Kayak Surfing, Rock Hopping, Incident Management
Having a chance to train in open water for 2 days is the best way to take your kayaking skills to the next level and become a confident coastal kayaker. We have taken our two most popular intermediate classes and paired them together to do just that at a significantly discounted rate. This intermediate program launches from two of our most favorite coastal launch spots in Narragansett and Jamestown with quick access to challenging areas to play and train on.
On day one, our experienced instructors will challenge your skills and comfort levels to increase your overall knowledge and performance in our Surfing The Long Boat program. You will be introduced to ocean swell, ocean surf, tidal currents and shore break.
Day two delivers the complete open water kayaking experience with our advanced Rock Hopping & Incident Management program. We will work on skills like boat control in wind and waves, landing and launching in the surf, and negotiating rocks and ledges. Working on rough water rescues in groups will help you relax, enhance your overall comfort level and enjoy this fantastic environment. As the day progresses and your confidence grows, we’ll explore rolling, bracing and advanced rescues.
Combining these advanced paddling skills with risk assessment training and open water navigation will give you a greater understanding of ocean conditions and give you all the skills and knowledge you need to paddle the coastline with confidence for years to come.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Successful completion of our full day Kayak Strokes & Rescues or equivalent is required. Participants should expect to be in their kayak for most of the day.
Narrow River Launch, Narragansett, Rhode Island
From the North (Providence, RI)
Take 95 south to route 4 south to route 1 south and take the route 138 east exit toward Newport. Exit before the Jamestown Bridge onto route 1A south in Narragansett. The launch will be on the right, before the bridge.
From the South
Use the Narragansett exits (toward Narragansett Beach) and drive north on route 1A. The launch will be on your left just after the bridge.
Fort Wetherill State Park, Jamestown, Rhode Island
Directions from either the Jamestown or Newport Bridges. Follow Route 138 and exit into downtown Jamestown on the East side of the island. Head south on the main steet which turns into Walcott Avenue and turn left at the sign for Ft. Wetherill. Follow this road to the park, turn right into the park (Brick restrooms on right) then take a quick left to the boat launch parking area.
Day 1 & 2: Groups meet promptly at 9am. In the morning you will meet your instructor, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with kayak equipment for the day. The whole day will be spent outside so please dress according to the gear list and bring enough food and water for the entire day. Plan to wrap up the day around 4pm.
Included/ Not Included
Course Includes: Students will be outfitted with all kayak equipment for this course. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes kayak, paddle, PFD (floatation vest), safety accessories, dry suit or wet suit if needed, water shoes
Not Included With Course Fee: Students will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather. See gear list for required gear and clothing. Students will be responsible for lodging, meals, transportation, personal gear and clothing
Clothing is as important as your kayak and paddle. Being properly dressed is essential to enjoying your outdoor adventures. If you have questions about how many or which items to bring, please call 800-310-4504.
Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations.
1) Cancellations or schedule changes 8 DAYS OR MORE PRIOR to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty.
2) Reservation changes of any kind WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE EVENT START DATE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED and you WILL NOT be permitted to carry over deposits to future events. Please mark this date on your calender after making your reservation!
**EMS Kayak School does not provide any transportation unless otherwise specified.
**For participants 17 or younger, a parent MUST sign a waiver form for EACH days course.
If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.
Reservations are required in advance for all Kayak School programs and full payment is required to hold your spot. Please call 800-310-4504 to make your reservation and have credit card ready for payment.