Kayak School


Kayaking is the second largest program at the EMS Schools. We offer instruction and guided tours from locations in the Boston Area and Rhode Island.

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Kayak instruction programs range from three-hour paddle strokes lessons and ocean kayaking, to multi-day ACA Level 5 open water kayak instructor certification courses. Our most popular classes are the one-day Kayak Strokes and Rescues class and two-day Open Water Fast Track course. These programs are great for paddlers who have not taken any formal kayak instruction and are looking for coaching from ACA certified kayak instructors. Classes are kept small, usually between three and six participants, and instruction is very hands on.

In addition to lessons we also offer a wide selection of tours at locations outside Boston and throughout the coastal areas of Rhode Island. Tours are fun for any skill level and are a great summer activity to do with the family. All equipment is provided for each person including kayak, paddle and PFD. All you need to do is show up with proper footwear (no sandals), pack a snack and water and dress appropriate for the weather. We take care of the rest!

All of our paddling instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). The ACA is the accepted governing body of paddle sports in the U.S., because it provides the most consistent and comprehensive instructor training and certification programs. Roughly translated, when you learn from us, you learn from experienced paddlers who are current on the latest techniques and best practices. Most important, our guides and focus on helping you have as much fun as possible in a sport that you don’t have to be superstrong or ultrafit to enjoy.


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