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Introduction to Kayaking, ACA Level 1.

  • Eastwood Metro Park, Blue Lake 1385 Harshman Road Dayton, OH, 45431 United States (map)

Must be pre-registered, please see below!

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Introduction to Kayaking – ACA Level 1

A one day on-water course taught by our certified ACA kayak instructors.
Discover the joy of kayaking! Or if you already kayak, do you want to build on your skills and enjoyment? This is the course for you! Start your kayaking adventures off right by learning essential paddling and safety skills on calm water. This comprehensive course will cover equipment, strokes, paddling technique, capsizing, dealing with a swamped kayak, and re-entries. Come ready to get wet and have a good time on this skill and confidence building class. No experience necessary. We’ll show you that kayaking is an activity that everyone can enjoy.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Each participant will learn the following:
• Loading and unloading your kayak
• Parts of the kayak – bow, stern, cockpit, combing, etc.
• Proper paddling posture, and rocking and balance
• Strokes – forward, reverse, sweeps, and draws
• Controlled wet exits without skirts
• Emptying your kayak on shore after capsizing

Advance registration and payment is required.
per participant (recommended age of 16 and older.)
$20 additional for equipment outfitting services if needed. Includes appropriately fitted kayak with bulkheads, kayak paddle, personal flotation device (PFD) and bilge pump. Limited availability.
Cancellation Policy
Full refunds will be issued if you cancel prior to Saturday, May 28th; 50% refund if cancelled between May 29th and June 4th. No refund after June 4th. If Great Miami Outfitters cancels this course for any reason, a FULL refund will be issued.

Full information and course confirmation will be emailed to each participant.
For more information, please call (937) 847-8787 or email

The following equipment is required for this course:
• Kayak with at least one bulkhead
• Kayak Paddle
• Personal Flotation Device (PFD) – Life Vest
• Sling – 15ft. of 1-inch tubular webbing
• Water shoes – shoes that stay on your feet in your boat and while swimming
• Nose Plugs (optional but recommended)
• Bilge Pump (optional but recommended)

No problem. If you need equipment, we can provide all of the following items for a $20 equipment rental fee:
• Kayak with at least one bulkhead
• Kayak Paddle
• Personal Flotation Device (PFD) – Life Vest
• Bilge Pump

Eastwood MetroPark – Blue Lake
1385 Harshman Road
Dayton, OH 45431

There are no prerequisites for this course.
In order to participate in this course, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:
• Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
• Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted life jacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water.
• Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants.
• Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
• Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.

Will drinking water be provided?
It is recommended to bring at least 2 liters of water. We will have a 5 gallon jug to use while supplies last.
I cannot swim…can I still take the course?
The course is designed to make you comfortable and confident in your kayak in the water. All participants will wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Know that our course is “Challenge by Choice” meaning that it is your choice which activities you participate in.
I cannot make this course. Are there any other courses available?
Yes, we have another Introduction to Kayaking Course scheduled on August 20. Other courses include a 2-hour Kayak Rescue and Re-entry Workshop. Please see our website for upcoming CLASSES, TRIPS & EVENTS.
What is the next course in the Great Miami Outfitters’ paddling progression?
The next courses available are the 2-day courses – Introduction to Kayak Touring or Introduction to River Kayaking. Other options include Rescue and Re-entry 2-hour Workshops Basic Sessions. We also offer private lessons; please inquire by calling (937) 847-8787 or EMAIL:

We are happy to answer your questions or address your concerns. For more information, stop in our store, call (937) 847-8787 or email