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Novice Kayak Lake Lesson
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Kayak Instruction

Novice Lake Lesson

This lesson is great for kids through adults who like the outdoors.

The majority of our beginning students have never been in a kayak or have very little paddling experience. We take the beginner from the very basics up through the techniques needed for river kayaking. Novice and intermediate boaters are welcome to refresh their strokes and roll. This course (or a demonstration of equivalent ability) is a prerequisite for our river trips. If you want to learn to kayak just on lakes, please see our sea kayaking/touring intro or sea kayaking/touring class.

What to Expect:
This course is designed for those who wish to pursue kayaking. Whether you want to paddle lakes, rivers, or oceans, this lesson will give you a strong foundation. Your program begins with an introduction to the boat and equipment. We progress quickly into entry and exit of the kayak, strokes, performing bow rescues, braces to keep yourself upright, deep water rescues, dock enders, and of course a detailed progression into the eskimo roll. After completion of this course you will have the necessary skills to progress to our novice river trip.

Kayak Lake Class

Scheduling Format:
Our lake lesson is available in Boulder and Littleton, Colorado. Each location provides a full 6 hours of instruction.


Novice Lake Lesson: Only one day from 9am-3pm. Great for fast learners and those tight on time. You get a one hour break for lunch. Please bring a lunch, we will provide the boating gear.

* Gear that is included in our lake class: kayak, sprayskirt, paddle, flotation, lifejacket, wetsuit, booties and a paddlejacket. Please bring appropriate warm clothing for this class.

*Any novice lake class may be followed with any novice river lesson to form a 3 day lesson package.
*Minimum age for lake lessons is 8 years old. Novice Lake Lesson Schedule
Boulder Reservoir Map

Novice Lake Class at Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, Colorado: (9am-3pm):

Dates: (To sign up online, click on the trip/clinic of your choice.)
Aug 24, 2014 is Full
Aug 31, 2014 is Full
Sep 05, 2014 is Full
Sep 07, 2014 is Full
Sep 14, 2014 is Full
Sep 21, 2014 is Full

Novice Lake Lesson in Littleton, Colorado at Chatfield State Park: (9am-3pm):
Map to Chatfield State Park, meet at the gravel pond at Chatfield State Park. Enter through the main entrance to the park off of Wadsworth Blvd ( $6.00 per vehicle ). Go right at the T-intersection. Follow the road south for about 1 mile. The road will turn to the left, and on the right you will see a body of water. This is the gravel pond. Take a right on the first dirt road and go 200 yards to the parking lot at the end. This is where you will be met by your instructor.


Dates: (To sign up online, click on the trip/clinic of your choice.)
Aug 22, 2014 is Full
Aug 23, 2014 is Full
Aug 30, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
Sep 20, 2014

Lake Lesson Fees all lessons:
Cost: $139.00
Kayaking equipment is included with this class.


Refund Policy
Cancellations 5 days or more before your class dates are refundable less a 10% reservation fee. You can reschedule your class (subject to availability) without any penalties if you notify Renaissance Adventure Guides 5 days prior to your class date. With-in 5 days of your class date, your funds are committed and are non-refundable.


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