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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

Summer Paddlers It is summer, balmy days and pleasant waters, time to have fun on the water! But don't relax vigilance of environment hazards. A thunderstorm can crop up with little warning. Our waters are busy with powered craft much faster than canoes and kayaks. Tides and currents must still be planned for in coastal waters. Winds can take us to places we never planned to go. Sun can be scorching if you fail to take proper protection and long term immersion even in 60 - 80 degree water can eventually result in hypothermia. Always wear your PFD and plan your trips well so you can be around to paddle next year. Visit our Planning page for more information on trip planning. Enjoy your summer!

CT Skills Classes Summer Paddling Classes at 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 followed by an on-water tour.

Sponsored by Ridgefield Recreation Center, we will present a series of short classes followed by a tour for the beginning and intermediate paddler. Each class will meet for two hours. Classes are offered at Ridgefield's Martin Park Beach on 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.

  • Smart Start Kayak
    • Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Jul 11, Jul 18, Jul 25, Aug 1, Aug 8

  • Smart Start SUP
    • Monday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Jul 11, Jul 18, Jul 25, Aug 1, Aug 8

  • Participation Fees
    • Boat/Gear rental: included
    • RRC Members: $53/person (incl. Martin Park Beach members)
    • Non-Members: $83/person

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 (includes equipment)

  • 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 9/4 10/2
    • 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)

NEW! Instructor Certification Good news for those seeking ACA Instructor Certification. REI in New Rochelle, NY has just opened their in-house progam to the public. This is an ACA Level 2 Essentials of Cooastal Kayak Touring Instructor Development Workshop and combined Instructor Certification Exam. The program lasts 4 days from Monday June 27 to Thursday June 30 starting promptly at 8:00 am each day. Class will be held at Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, NY. Basic requirements are listed below. You may Register On-line through REI as long as openings last. For information on registration, equipment or facilities please contact REI JJ Jameson of REI Outdoor Schools at 203-857-4045 (cell: 914-979-1299). For more information on content and requirements please contact Elizabeth or Gordon at 860-799-5459.

  • Minimum Age: 18 yrs
  • ACA Membership (To register follow ACA Link)
  • ACA Instructor SEIC Fee: $25 (required to issue Instructor Card, pay with ACA registration)
  • First Aid & CPR Certification (required for ACA to issue Instructor Card)
  • Paddling Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Fee - REI Member: $325
  • Fee - non-Member: $345
  • Please bring: personal energy, sense of adventure, ability to have fun!

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: iquire
  • 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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