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A Connecticut
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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
 
 
 

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)


New For Summer! 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. Call Empire Kayaks at 516-889-8300 to register. Contact Elizabeth at 203-903-5705 for information on content and requirements.

 
  • 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, 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)


INSTRUCTORS! Adaptive Paddling Workshop - Level 2: ACA Training and Endorsement for adaptive paddling to teach paddlers with disabilities in a special 4-day curriculum on June 4 through 7, 2015. This program is being organized by Sebago Canoe and Kayak club. Sorry, this program is currently not open to the general public. Interested candidates should inquire for further opportunities.

INSTRUCTORS! Coastal Kayak ICW - Level 2: Instructor Certification Workshop for kayak includes Instructor development workshop (IDW) and Instructor certification exam together in a special 4-day curriculum. Organized specifically for NY State Parks System June 8 to June 11, 2015. Sorry, this program is currently full. Interested candidates should inquire for further opportunities.

ACA L3 Skills! Small Boat Shop Advanced Classes: The Small Boat Shop has scheduled a series of classess for intermediate/advanced kayakers at their shop in Norwalk, CT. These three and four hour classes are designed to strengthen your strokes, maneuvers and rescue skills. Visit our Schedule page for details on content and location. Call the Small Boat Shop at 203-854-5223 to register. Contact Elizabeth at 203-903-5705 with questions about content or preparation.

 
  • Strokes Refinement: Sat/Jul-18 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (4 hrs) Fee: $100/person
  • Advanced Strokes and Rescues: Sun/Aug-30, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (4 hrs), Fee: $100/person
  • Kayak Rolling: Sat/Sep-12, 9:00 am - 12:00 (3 hrs), Fee: $75/person
  • Kayak Rolling: Sun/Sep-27, 9:00 am - 12:00 (3 hrs), Fee: $75/person


ACA L2 SKILLS! ACA Essentials of Kayak and Canoe: Skills training for summer camp counselors. This program covers all Level-2 skills for coastal kayak and canoe. Organized especially for Peconic Dunes 4H Camp on June 15-19, 2015. Sorry, this program is currently full. Interested students should inquire for further opportunities.

Just Added! 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 203-903-5705 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 (2hr): $75/person


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

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 visit our About page or call Elizabeth at 203-903-5705 for specific support of your training needs.

 
 


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