Announcing Kayak Classes 2023!

The Lehigh Valley Kayak and Canoe Club will be offering classes this year during the spring and early summer. CDC Covid-19 protocols will be in effect for all classes. The safety of our instructors and students is paramount. These classes will be conducted via Zoom Meetings, and in-person classes on local lakes, rivers, and bays.

We will be offering classes in Introduction to Moving Water Kayaking, Open Water kayaking, and Recreational Kayaking.

All classes are led by American Canoe Association certified instructors with years of experience in kayaking and teaching.

Below are class descriptions, costs, and contact information.

Introduction to Recreational Kayaking

Lead Instructors:


Class Description:

This class will consist of three sessions. Each will include outdoor in person classroom instruction and on water practice.

This class provides participants with skills needed to safely paddle a recreational kayak on lakes, and easy rivers by learning how to: choose a boat and equipment, select the proper clothing, plan a safe trip and learn effective paddle and rescue techniques.

Using classroom demonstrations and on water practice sessions, participants will learn the best and safest way to enjoy the recreational paddling experience.

Open Water Kayaking

May-July, 2023

Are you the paddler who has moved up to a touring kayak and gear, paddled all the area lakes and is now itching to get out on some bigger water? If so, this course is for you. In Open Water Kayaking, you will learn how to safely navigate and paddle coastal waters.

In a series of three evening Zoom classes and four full days on the water, you will learn about equipment, trip planning, paddling technique, safety, navigation and how to perform self and assisted rescues.

The Zoom sessions will be held Wednesday evenings, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Two freshwater sessions will be held at Beltzville State Park June 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two saltwater sessions will be held on Raritan Bay, launching in South Amboy, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 24 and July 8. Raindates for Raritan Bay will be June 25 and July 9.

The instructors are Cie Stroud, Dave Dawson, Sheldon Linn and Rita Snyder.  All instructors have American Canoe Association kayak certifications. Cie – Level 3; Rita – Level 2, and Dave and Sheldon – Level 1. The classes will be conducted in accordance with ACA guidelines.

Fee for the course is $120. Students will be provided with a list of required and recommended gear and materials for the classes. A 14’ or longer touring boat with two bulkheads, a sprayskirt, a non-inflatable life vest, a paddle float and pump are essential. Students must have paddled enough to comfortably maintain a 3 mph pace over a 10-mile route.

To apply for the course, please send an email to Dave Dawson: You will be sent an application to fill out. The course is limited to 12 students. Acceptance is on a first-come basis for all who qualify. Students will be billed via PayPal invoice after being accepted. The invoice can be paid with a PayPal account or any credit or bank card.