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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 - July 2012

Winter Pool Classes - Kayak: Kayaking is an interesting and exciting low-impact sport, a great way to connect with nature and accessible to participants of all ages. Learn the fundamentals of kayaking in the comfort and safety of an indoor pool this winter and be ready to paddle outdoors later in the spring

Sponsored by Ridgefield Recreation Center, we will present a series of three classes for the beginning and intermediate paddler. Each class will meet in two sessions of two hours each before we move to the next class. Once complete we will run a second cycle of the same classes. We will meet at Ridgefield's Barlow Mountain School pool on Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to learn boat handling, kayak recoveries and bracing and rolling. You will find class details and directions on our Schedule page. Contact Ridgefield Recreation Center at 203-431-2755 to register for some or all of the classes that fit your needs. Call Elizabeth at 203-903-5705 for questons on curriculum or class details.

  • Boat Handling
    • Part-1 (2-hr): Jan-24 or Mar-21
    • Part-2 (2-hr): Jan-31 or Mar-28

  • Capsize Recoveries
    • Part-1 (2hr): Feb-7 or Apr-11
    • Part-2 (2hr): Feb-21 or Apr-18

  • Bracing & Rolling
    • Part-1 (2hr): Feb-28 or Apr-25
    • Part-2 (2hr): Mar-7 or May-3

  • Make-up session: Feb-14

  • Participation Fees:
    • Single Class: $85/person (resident); $105/person (non-resident)
    • Any 2 Classes: $155/person (resident); $185/person (non-resident)
    • All 3 Classes: $230/person (resident); $260/person (non-resident)

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 203-903-5705 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

NEW! Certified SUP Instruction: We are now certified to teach ACA Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) clases. Call us to schedule your ACA Quick Start, ACA Intro, ACA Essentials of SUP or SUP Private Lessons. Visit our Classes page for curriculum details. Call Elizabeth at 203-903-5705 for more information.


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