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A Connecticut
paddlesports training

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

Winter Paddlers We caution all paddlers that local waters are cold and will remain so through spring though air temperatues may fluctuate and at times be quite warm. Remember, dress for the water in preparation for possible immersion. Guidelines for safety and support are especially important for cold water paddling. Visit our Planning page for more information on trip planning.

New! Winter Pool Kayak Classes We are offering Saturday kayak classes at Barlow Mountain Pool. See our Schedule page for dates and times. For fees, scheduling and registration please visit the Ridgefield Recreation Center Website and call them at 203-431-2755. If you have questins on content, curriculum or requirements contact Elizabeth at 860-799-5459. We look forward to seeing you at the pool this winter!

Long Island Classes Empire Kayak Classes: Again for 2016 we are offering weekend classes at Empire Kayaks located in Island Park, NY and easily accessible from Long Island or western CT. These popular clinics, when added together, provide a good foundation of basic paddling skills. Check on our Schedule page for more details (time, location, 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: 5/22, 6/12, 7/10, 7/31, 8/29, 9/18
    • Fee: $75/person

  • Rescues and Recoveries
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Afternoons (starts 12:30 pm) on: 6/12, 9/18
    • Fee: $75/person (includes equipment)

  • Combo: Strokes & Rescues
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Mornings (starts 9:00 am) on: 9/4, 10/2
    • Afternoons (starts 11:30 am) on: 5/29, 6/26, 7/24, 8/14
    • Fee: $100/person (includes equipment)

  • Bracing & Rolling
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Afternoons (starts 12:30 pm) on: 7/10, 8/28
    • Fee: $75/person (includes equipment)

  • Standup Paddle Board (SUP)
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Mornings (starts 9:00 pm) on: 5/29, 6/26, 7/24, 8/14
    • 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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