Ocean Skills Workshop


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.

Note: Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of two people. If you are booking alone for a class your reservation is subject to change up until the last day if the minimum enrollment is not reached. If you have a flexible schedule and you do not mind being matched with other paddlers for the day, joining a class is a great option. For private lessons please call 800-310-4504.

Course Details

Course Length Cost (pp) Location Dates
Ocean Skills Workshop two days $195 Narragansett Bay click for dates
Gear List

Directions to Meeting Locations

Click below for directions. If you are traveling from our of state and are looking for a hotel, we recommend the Holiday Inn Express on Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown.

Day One: Narrow River, Narragansett

Day Two: Fort Wetherill State Park, Jamestown


Groups meet promptly at 9am for each day of the course. See detailed directions above. In the morning you will meet your instructor, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with paddling equipment for the day. Each day will be spent outside so please dress appropriate for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day. Water shoes are required for your feet (no sandals, please). Classes end around 4pm.

Included/ Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment for each day, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment (boat, paddle, PFD). Equipment provided includes appropriate kayak, paddle and PFD. Paddlers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own meals for each day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

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. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.