Touring Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboard Instruction Programs

Shank’s Mare offers a full schedule of kayaking and stand-up paddleboard classes.  These programs will teach you how to get the most out of your kayaking adventures both from a safety and technique standpoint. Sign up for our classes and get a great start in kayaking or paddleboarding. All classes require pre-registration by calling 717-252-1616.

We are happy to schedule private group lessons.  Just give us a call for details.  GO PLAY OUTSIDE!

Level I Kayak Class

This two hour class offers an introduction to the sport of touring kayaking using decktop kayaks.  On-land, learn entering the kayak, proper body position, holding the paddle, and basic paddle strokes. On-water instruction includes learning power, maneuvering and touring strokes. It is truly a “try it see if you like it” program. The class ends with a guided paddle tour offering individual help as needed. The class fee includes kayak, paddles, pfd’s and instruction.

June 2017 – Tuesdays June 6, 13, or 27 – 5:30-7:30pm

July 2017 – Tuesdays July 11 or 25 – 5:30-7:30pm

August 2017 – Tuesdays August 1, 15 or 29 – 5:30-7:30pm

September 2017 – Tuesday September 5 – 5:30-7:30pm

Fee – Members – $45/Person, Non-Members – $50/Person

Comprehensive Kayak Class

This 5-hour class encompasses all skills taught in Level I and our Kayak Skills Class plus additional information on kayaks and outfitting.  Taught in cockpit-style touring kayaks, the class begins with an on-land orientation on kayak equipment and technique.  On the water, students begin with wet exits in a controlled area with the instructor. Paddlers then review and practice strokes including power, touring, sweeps, braces, and draws. Wet exits and safety skills are taught and practiced including group and self-rescues.  If time allows, a short paddle tour completes the class. The class fee includes cockpit kayaks with front and rear flotation, sprayskirts, rescue gear, paddles and pfd’s.

May 2017 – Saturday May 27 – 11:00am-4:00pm

June 2017 – Saturday June 3 or Monday June 26 – 11:00am-4:00pm

July 2017 – Saturdays July 8 or 22 or Monday July 17 – 11:00am-4:00pm

August 2017 – Saturday August 12 or Monday August 21 – 11:00am-4:00pm

Fee – Members – $90/Person, Non-Members – $100/Person

Kayak Skills Class

This is now a “custom designed” class dependent on your current paddling skills. It is designed for those who have taken Level I or comparable kayak instruction and wish to continue mastering kayaking skills, or for those who have some paddling experience and want to learn better technique plus the all-important safety skills every kayaker should possess. Our experienced instructors will tailor the content of the class depending on your skill level. It is taught in cockpit kayaks and begins with wet exit exercises followed by a review of strokes, braces, and maneuvers.  Participants then learn rescue skills…what to do when capsizing in water over your head.  Kayaks, paddles, pfd’s included. Students may use their own kayaks if they are properly outfitted.  Ask for details and speak to one of our instructors to see if you are ready for this class.

2017 Dates as Requested – May be a private or group lesson.

Fee – Dependent on content and # of participants.  Please inquire.

Basic Stand-Up Paddleboard Class

This two hour class offers an introduction to the sport of Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP).  On-land, learn handling your paddle, mounting the paddleboard and proper body position for balance. On-water instruction includes launching, various stroke techniques, maneuvering the board, and safety and rescue techniques.  This instruction period will be followed by a short SUP paddle tour. Fee includes board, paddle, pfd & instruction.

June – Thurs. June 15 or June 22, 5:30-7:30pm

Taught at Lake William, York – Wed. June 14 or June 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

July – Thurs. July 6 or July 20, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

            Sat. July 15, 2017, 11:00am-1:00pm

August – Thurs. August 3 or August 24, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

              Sat. August 5, 2017, 11:00am-1:00pm

Fee – Members $45/Person, Non-Members $50/Person

Yoga & Stand-Up Paddleboard Class

This two hour class begins with an on-land yoga class led by Erin Darby, RYT 200, where you will practice the necessary skills of grounding and centering, creating inner balance and linking movement to breath. You will then take that practice to the water and learn the basics of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding led by Shank’s Mare SUP specialist Josh Hill.  Bring your own mat for yoga and dress appropriately for the water. Board, paddle and pfd provided.

June – Sun. June 11 or Sun. June 25, 2017, 9:30-11:30am.  

             Fri. June 16, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm.

July – Sun. July 9 or Sun. July 23, 2017, 9:30-11:30am.  

            Fri. July 7, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm.

August – Sun. August 20, 2017, 9:30-11:30am.  

              Fri. Aug. 25, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm.

September – Fri. September 8, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Fee- Members-$45/Person; Non-Members $50/Person includes board, paddle, pfd, instruction & practice

Pre-register for all classes by calling Shank’s Mare at 717-252-1616.