Beyond the Basics Kayak Class, Saratoga Paddlefest

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  • Sessions: Sat. 4/28 2pm and Sun. 4/29 2pm
  • $30 if you bring your own kayak and gear; $60 if you rent a kayak and gear
  • Minimum age: 15
  • Instructors: Mike Cavanaugh and Alan Mapes

Geared toward: Advanced Beginners

Are you a “newish” paddler or one who had been paddling for a while but never had formal instruction? This course will provide you the opportunity to nail down the basics (e.g. forward stroke, sweeps, draws) and then go beyond them to learn new strokes that will let you maneuver with grace and precision.

Your Kayak Instructors

Mike Cavanaugh sits on the NYS Executive Committee for the American Canoe Association and holds an ACA Level 3 Instructor certificate with Adaptive Paddling and Trip Leader endorsements. Mike is lead instructor for the David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes, a kayaking program for disabled veterans. Alan Mapes is an American Canoe Association Level 3 Instructor and a British Canoe Union Level 1 kayak coach. He instructs and guides kayak trips for Atlantic Kayak Tours, Adirondack Mountain Club, Capital District Kayakers Meetup Group and David Fisher Upper Hudson Heroes.










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