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Changing Tides PaddleCraft offers kayak, canoe and SUP (standup paddle board) skills training in Connecticut and New York. We are proud that our Instructors are trained and Certified by the American Canoe Association - the benchmark for paddling Instruction in North America. Together our staff span a broad range of paddling disciplines from flat water to moving water in coastal and river environments. We bring depth of experience and love of the outdoors to the art of building your paddling skills. We regularly publicise the latest news about our company and its offerings of training classes, certification and tours.

News on our Classes and Events

New Haven Harbor from Lighthouse Point Park

CT Skills Classes Summer Paddling Classes at Great Pond / Martin Park Beach: Kayaking and Standup Paddle Board (SUP) classes will be offered in July and August. Choose your best day, pick your favorite craft and join us for an exciting lesson covering launching/landing, strokes, safety and more.

Sponsored by Ridgefield Recreation Center, we will present a series of classes for the beginning and intermediate paddler. Each class will meet for two hours. Classes are offered at Ridgefield's Martin Park Beach on Saturdays and Mondays beginning in July. You will find class details and directions on our Schedule page. Contact Ridgefield Recreation Center at 203-431-2755 to register for the class or classes that fit your needs. Call Elizabeth at 860-799-5459 for questions on curriculum requirements or class details.

  • Quick Start Kayak
    • Monday-PM 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Jul 6, Jul 20, Aug 17, Aug 31
    • Saturday-PM 12:00 - 3:00 pm: Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 1, Aug 15

  • Quick Start SUP
    • Monday-AM 11:00 - 1:00 pm: Jul 6, Jul 20, Aug 17, Aug 31
    • Saturday-PM 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 1, Aug 15

  • Participation Fees
    • Mondays (2hr): $50/person
    • Saturdays (3hr): $75/person

Long Island Classes Empire Kayak Classes: Again this year we are offering weekend classes at Empire Kayaks located at 4 Empire Blvd, Island Park, NY and easily accessible from Long Island or western CT. These popular clinics, when added together, provide a good understanding of basic paddling skills. Check on our Schedule page for more details on location and content. Call Empire Kayaks at 516-889-8300 to register. Contact Elizabeth at 860-799-5459 for further questions.

  • Quick Start Your Kayak
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Mornings (Starts 9:00 am)on: 5/3, 5/30, 7/26, 8/16, 9/6
    • Afternoons (starts 11:30 am) on: 6/28
    • Fee: $75/person

  • Rescues and Recoveries
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Afternoons (starts 12:30 pm) on: 5/30
    • Fee: $75/person (includes equipment)

  • Combo: Strokes & Rescues
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Mornings (starts 9:00 am) on: 6/14, 8/2, 9/6, 9/13, 10/4
    • Afternoons (starts 11:30 am) on: 5/24, 7/12, 8/23
    • Fee: $100/person (includes equipment)

  • Bracing & Rolling
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Afternoons (starts 12:30 pm) on: 7/26, 8/16
    • Fee: $75/person (includes equipment)

  • Standup Paddle Board (SUP)
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Mornings (starts 9:00 pm) on: 5/24, 6/28, 7/12, 8/23
    • Fee: $75/person (includes equipment)

Just for you! Private Lessons: Construct a custom class to fit your exact needs and schedule! Register for a private or semi-private lesson at the level of your choice. For details check out our Class Description or call us at 860-799-5459 to discuss your needs and plan a class.

  • Private (one student): $75/hr/student
  • Semi-Private (two students): $45/hr/student
  • Boat rental: $15/session (gear included)
  • Pool or Access Fee: as appropriate, inquire

Extensive Capabilities! ACA Certified Instructors and Instructor Trainer: We offer ACA skills classes and skill assessments in coastal kayak (L4), canoe (L2) and Standup Paddle Board - SUP (L2), as well as ACA Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Training/Assessment and ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Development, Certication and Updates (L4). For more information on class capabilities visit our Classes page. For more details about our company and staff visit our About page. Please feel free to call Elizabeth at 860-799-5459 for specific support of your training needs.


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