Kayak Strokes & Rescues


The best way to learn to kayak is to take a full day kayak course that covers outfitting, strokes and rescues. This is a class that goes several steps beyond our Primary Strokes by spending more time on the strokes in the morning and focusing on rescues skills in the afternoon. This is a comprehensive seven hour kayak class that covers a wide range of skills and techniques. We provide plenty of time to practice and refine each skill in order to maximize our fun and build our overall confidence.

The day will begin with outfitting and exploring the essential concepts of efficient paddling. We will cover topics like essential kayaking equipment, how to hold and use your paddle, proper kayaking posture and kayak fit, lifting and carrying your kayak, how to launch and land and how to perform a wet exit. While on the water we will introduce propulsion strokes, sweep strokes, ruddering strokes as well as edging and bracing. Having a chance to practice wet exits allows us to increase our confidence as we move into assisted and self rescues. During the afternoon we get a chance to refine our skills as we practice several of the essential rescue techniques such as the T-rescue, bow rescue and paddle float rescue.

The goal for this class is to provide the participants with the skills and confidence head out on their own, perform a rescue when needed and build a foundation for future kayak instruction. The skills you learn in this class will prepare you for one of our ocean based kayaking adventures.

Kayak Strokes and Rescues takes place on a protected and calm water body to enhance your learning experience. At the conclusion of this class you will be ready to join our ocean courses.

This is a full day entry level kayaking course and no prior kayak experience required. Participants should expect to be in their kayak for most of the day. Appropriate mid-sized kayaks with proper flotation are used during this class. Swimming is not required.

Note: Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of two people. If you are booking alone for a class your reservation is subject to change up until the last day if the minimum enrollment is not reached. If you have a flexible schedule and you do not mind being matched with other paddlers for the day, joining a class is a great option. For private lessons please call 845-668-2030.

Course Details

Course Length Cost (pp) Location Dates
Strokes & Rescues full day $115 Lake Pearl
Gear List

Directions to Sweatt Beach on Lake Pearl

Route 495 Take exit 16 for King Street toward Franklin, Turn onto King
Street north toward Franklin, Slight right onto MA-140 S/E Central
St., turn right on to Elysium St, and a slight right on to Woolford
RD. Sweatt Beach is on your left.

Closest physical address:
7 Woolford Road
Wrentham, MA 02093


Included/ Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment for the afternoon but you are welcome to bring your own equipment (boat, paddle, PFD). Equipment provided includes appropriate kayak, paddle and PFD. Paddlers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own meals for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 845-668-2030. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.