Canoe & Kayak Instruction
Instruction is the best way to develop paddling skills. With skill development comes confidence and the basis to build better judgement. We offer a variety of canoe & kayak classes. We have highly qualified and experienced instructors. Courses are geared to meet individual/group needs. We offer a range of classes including courses to help you improve your paddling skills, move more confidently in river current, water safety, backcountry camping and leadership skills. We have courses geared specifically for children & families, as well as women's only expedition courses. Upon completion participants will receive an ACA certificate of completion. We have ACA certified instructors.
For the current list of Classes offered refer to Instruction page.
Celebrate Paddling ADK
9 am - 1 pm Water Safety Clinic: This four-hour class is designed to introduce people to safe handling of your canoe, launching & landing your canoe, and basic paddling strokes and maneuvers. Information on the paddling environment will include: wind, water, waves and weather. Rescue responsibilities will be discussed and basic rescues will be demonstrated. This course follows the curriculum of the American Canoe Association and is given by an ACA certified instructor. Maximum capacity is eight participants. Bring your own boat. Meet at Saranac Lake Main Base. Advance registration required. Cost $69 per person
9:30 am - 2 pm Paddle Outing with 3rd Graders, Saranac Lake School District. This will include a paddling lesson with ACA certified instructors and a presentation from Dr. Nina Schoch, Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.
5-7:30 pm Yoga for Paddler's Clinic, 73 Dorsey Street - Riverwalk. Learn yoga poses that are helpful prior to and after paddling to increase strength and muscular endurance while reducing the risk of injury and restoring balance. Meet at Saranac Lake Main Base. Advance registration recommended. Free event.
9 am-1 pm Women's Clinic: Double Paddle Solo Canoe Instruction. This four-hour class is designed to expose women to safe handling of your double paddle solo canoe, including basic paddling strokes and maneuvers. We encourage you to bring your own boat. Please register early if you need to use one of our boats. If you are borrowing one of our boats you are responsible for retreiving the boat 30 minutes prior to class and transporting it yourself. Maximum capacity is eight participants. Meet at Saranac Lake Main Base. Advance registration required. Cost $69
1-5 pm Saranac River Clean up. Volunteers are invited to help clean up the Saranac River. Boats, gloves and trash bags provided. This event is a coordination with ALTO, NFCT, Wiley's Flies. Meet at Dorsey Street Parking Lot. Advance registration required.
9-11 am Naturalist Interpretive Paddle, Second Pond. Bring your own canoe/kayak. Rentals available at an additional cost. Meet at State Bridge. Maximum capacity of 10 participants. Advance reservation required. Cost $20
7-8:30 pm Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Presentation, Joe Dadey: will give a broad overview of the Hamlets to Huts including trail development and lodging options. Free event.
9 am -12 pm Kid's Paddling Clinic for ages 5 to 10. Great opportunity for your child to expand their paddling skills and gain both confidence and respect for the water environment. This class teaches children outdoor and paddling skills while having fun exploring the natural environment. Must be accompanied by an adult. Option to bring your own boat or borrow one of ours. Early registration required if you need to use one of our boats at no additional cost. Maximum capacity is six children. Meet at Floodwood Outpost. Advance registration required. Cost $55 per child.
Saranac River Clean up
We coordinate with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Adirondack Lakes & Trails, and Wiley's Flies for the annual Saranac River clean-up. This event is scheduled for theJune 23 @1-5 pm. Please call to volunteer. See River Clean-up for details.
7-8:30 pm Norman Sims, co-author of Canoes: A Natural History in North America, will present a talk and slide show about the history of the most American watercraft and its use in the Adirondacks. The talk will include the development of the canoe from dugouts to birchbark to wood-and-canvas and then modern materials. He will bring a restored 1890s Morris wood-and-canvas canoe from Maine for folks to examine. Reception with food and beverages to follow. Free and open to the public.