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Changing Tides PaddleCraft offers kayak, canoe and SUP (standup paddle board) instruction and 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 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 are proud to pshare the latest news about our activities.
Fall Paddling: Autumn: the leaves are changing color to paint the landscape as days shorten and daytime temperatures drop. Power boaters are mostly off the water and under wraps until May. The local waters are quieting down and we are more likely to encounter wildlife - perfect for paddlers! Water temperatures lag behind, and may be warmer than the air through September and even into October. It's time to remember our 60/120 rule for paddling. If the air + water temperature is below 120F or if the water is below 60F consider donning protective clothing! We recommend hydroskin pants and top and a paddle jacket or wind breaker for early fall paddling. Later in the fall, consider a full wetsuit and paddle top or even a drysuit with an insulation layer. We ALWAYS wear our life jackets but starting 10/1 in CT and 11/1 in NY they are required for paddlers. Consult our Trip Planning page for more ideas. Paddle safe and have fun!
Pending Winter Pool Classes: Winter pool classes are a great way to learn strokes and rescues (even kayak rolling) in a controlled comfortable environment. We may even be able to schedule open dates for practice sessions to keep skills from languishing over the winter. We are currently working to schedule winter pool classes at a suitable location in western CT and your feedback will help us decide the location and plan the best classes. Contact us at 860-799-5459 with your input or email us using the form on our Contact page. Thanks for your help!
Pending Small Craft Navigation:Navigation for self-propelled craft is different from standard navigaion classes which presume a chart table is available along with sophisticated instrumentation. Finding your way with a compass, deck chart and tide table is a separate study. We are currently in the set-up stage for one or more winter navigation classes at an indoor location. The schedule will depend on interest level. Contact us if you have an interest to learn about tides, tidal currents, chart reading, laying out a course, plotting your location and preparing for a trip. This is an off-water class to be held this winter. Let us know!
Pending Trip Planning:Planning a trip in kayak, canoe or SUP is much different than considerations for larger craft. Usually space is limited so choices for gear and supplies are critical. Safety and success is a function of planning and preparation. We are currently in the set-up stage for one or more trip planning classes at an indoor location for the coming winter. The schedule will depend on interest level. Contact us if you have an interest to learn about personal and group safety gear, clothing and supplies, weather awareness, tide and current effects, paddling in wind, shoreline dynamics, group capabilities and more. Thanks for the feedback!
Pending Leadership Theory:Do you lead on-water trips for your friends or club? Would you like to know more about advanced topics in leading on-water trips? We are currently in the set-up stage for one or more Leadership Theory classes at an indoor location for the coming winter. The schedule will depend on interest level. Contact us if you have an interest to learn about leadership styles, decision making, rescue priorities and operations, group management and communications, risk assessment, risk mitigation, personal liability and more. This is the off-water portion of our standard Trip Leader class to be held sometime this winter if there is sufficient support. Please let us know your interest.
Pending Wilderness First Aid:What can you do when someone in your group is hurt and help is not a phone call away? This 2-day course includes a 2-year certification in Wilderness First aid and is preferred to fulfill the FA requirement for on-water Instructors as well as a variety of other outdoor professionals. If you lead casual trips for friends or a club, this will be useful and helpful training to have in an emergency. Depending on level of interest we hope to bring in an outside instructor for this program at an indoor location during the coming winter. This is an expensive program and requires minimum numbers to run. Please advise us of your interest.
NEW! Camp Directors Check out our updated offering on Camps programs. After 15 years of working with camps all over the Northeast we have developed a comprehensie progam of paddler training aimed at the needs of Camps, Scout Troups and Clubs. Consult our Camps page for more details. The start of the camps season coincides with our busy season, so begin scheduling as early as possible. Call us at 860-799-5459 with questions.
NY Classes - Summer Classes at Empire Kayaks: Our kayak and SUP classes at Empire is complete for this summer. we are still scheduling private lessons approximately 1.5 hours away from our base in Connecticut. Call 860-799-5459 to inquire.
CT Classes - Summer classes at Martin Park: are now complete for the summmer season. We are still scheduling private lessons at a number of locations in the area. Please contact at 860-799-5459 if you are interested.
Just for you! Custom Classes: Construct a special 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.
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 us at 860-799-5459 for specific support of your training needs.