Kayak Instruction by Location
Kayak Instruction Courses
Kayak Strokes & Rescues
Open Water Workshop (2 days)
Ocean Motion & Movement
Ocean Skills Workshop (2 days)
Surfing the Long Boat
Quite simply, rolling your kayak to an upright position is the best self rescue method, period. It is one of those counter-intuitive skills progressions, however, that demands a skilled instructor with a good eye and deep understanding of the mechanics of various rolling styles to smooth the learning process. So we try to make your learning experience as easy as possible in a warm pool with rolling-friendly kayaks and knowledgeable ACA and BCU certified instructors.
All our instructors are familiar with several different rolling and teaching styles, and will determine which ones are the best match for each student. Working at your pace, the instructors will lead you through logical progressions of skills and movements which fit together to create “the bombproof roll”.
**Below are the clinics offered. All clinics are held in the same location, pool space and time slot to maximize our level of instruction.
Level 1- Water Confidence: If you want to master the roll this class is a great place to start. By using in-water confidence exercises, hip snaps, leans and braces we will give you the skills to develop a roll. Prerequisite: None.
Level 2- Tried it, worked it, but never got it. Let us help you. Through progression and techniques we will have you rolling in no time. We will use video feedback to help you visualize the mechanics and happenings of the roll. Prerequisite: Water confidence or previous rolling class.
Level 3- So you know how to roll or have managed it once, or just want to refine your existing roll. We can help develop a bomb proof roll and beyond by breaking down techniques andrebuilding it into a solid roll. Prerequisite: Water confidence or previous rolling class.
Level 4- If you don’t want to get stale and forget what you practiced in class this year, then come join us in the heated pool for some refresher training. Prerequisite: None.
Skill Level: Beginner through Advanced
Prerequisites: No previous rolling experience required.
Whitin Community Center, Massachusetts
60 Main Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Groups meet promptly at the Whitin Community Center at 7pm. The course includes the use of kayak, paddle, PFD, and helmet. Please bring clothing appropriate for pool and bottle of water. Class will end promptly at 9pm.
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 (whitewater kayak), paddle, PFD (floatation vest), helmet.
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 personal gear and clothing, nose plug.
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.
Rash guard or synthetic top & bottom
Nose plug (optional)
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.