Rhode Island Paddling
Rhode Island may be the smallest state with the longest name (State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations), but it makes up for it in miles of coastline. “The Ocean State” is a playground for water sport enthusiasts from sailors to surfers. Historic harbor towns such as Newport, Wickford and Bristol attract many visitors each year to take part in summer events and shopping. If you live in the Rhode Island area or are planning a trip to visit, be sure to check out our full line up of kayaking and paddleboarding activities from lesson and rentals at Lincoln Woods State Park, to guided scenic tours of Newport Harbor.
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It’s no wonder why Rhode Island is the home of the EMS Kayak School. From the protected Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park to the open waters off the coast of Newport, we can challenge any type of paddler. In Rhode Island we offer both flatwater (lakes & ponds) and ocean paddling adventures from a number of different locations across the state. Most basic kayak lessons are held at our boat house and kayak rental facility at Lincoln Woods State Park. Here we offer kayak lesson and rentals seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our most popular basic kayak class at Lincoln Woods State Park is Kayak Strokes and Rescues. This comprehensive full day class is perfect for anyone who has never had formal kayak instruction. For our more advanced paddlers we offer a wide variety of open water programs on Narragansett Bay and off the coast of Newport, Jamestown and the South Shore of Rhode Island. These programs range from two day open ocean classes to single day rock hopping and kayak surfing classes. For proficient paddlers looking to become kayak instructors, we offer level 1-5 certification through the American Canoe Association (ACA). Upon completion of these courses student will be certified and ready to teach their skills to others. All lessons are prescheduled at the beginning of the season (calendar of dates available online); but private, group and family paddling days are also available upon special request.
Kayaking tours are also available in Newport Harbor, 100 Acre Cove in Barrington, and throughout Narragansett Bay from June through October. These 3-4 hour tours are also prescheduled (check dates online) and great for any skill level. No previous experience is required for paddling programs and all equipment is provided for programs at no extra cost. We just ask that you arrive dressed appropriate for the weather (paddle shoes required, no sandals please) and bring snacks and water for the day. In addition to years experience and local knowledge, all kayak programs are taught and led by American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors. Kayak Instructors also hold CPR and first aid certification.
RHODE ISLAND KAYAK COURSES
|Kayak Rolling||two hours||$65||Lincoln Woods||click for dates|
|Primary Strokes||three hours||$65||Lincoln Woods||click for dates|
|Kayak Strokes & Rescues||full day||$115||Lincoln Woods||click for dates|
|Open Water Workshop||two days||$195||Lincoln Woods/
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|Ocean Motion & Movement||full day||$115||URI Bay Campus||click for dates|
|Ocean Skills Workshop||two days||$195||Narragansett Bay||click for dates|
|Surfing the Long Boat||full day||$115||Narrow River||click for dates|
|Rock Hopping & Incident Management||full day||$115||Jamestown||click for dates|
|ACA Kayak Level 1 and 2||three days||click for cost||Lincoln Woods||click for dates|
|ACA Level 3/4||three days||TBA||TBA||TBA|
RHODE ISLAND KAYAK TOURS
|Seal Watching||3 hours||$75||Wickford||click for dates|
Paddleboarding is a sport for everyone and is great for kids and adults. You don’t need to be super fit to paddleboard and with a few quick pointers you will be on your way to having fun in any type of conditions. Our paddleboarding programs include intro classes which focus on getting you acclimated to the board, balance, paddle strokes, and becoming more efficient with each stroke you take. Lesson are held at various locations throughout Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts. Paddleboard tours are also available and most trips do not require any previous paddleboarding experience. Tours are also available in Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts. In 2013 we added a fitness component to our paddleboard lineup. With a few certified fitness trainers on staff who have a passion for paddleboarding, we were able to launch ourselves into the world of SUP Fit. If you love to exercise and love to be in a fun group environment, you must try our SUP Fitness classes. They are great for any skill level and are sure to make you sweat! Classes available in Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts and are taught by certified ACA SUP/ Fitness Instructors.
|Intro to Paddleboarding||2.5 hours||$45||Lincoln Woods||click for dates|
|Ocean Paddleboarding||6 hours||$75||Wilson Park,
|SUP Fitness||2 hours||$30||Lincoln Woods||click for dates|