Ocean Motion & Movement


This class is designed for those paddlers who want to venture into the ocean with increased stroke efficiency, better seamanship skills, and more confident boat control. Ocean Motion and Movement is an extension of our Kayak Strokes and Rescues course and takes place on open water. Our focus will be on improving our basic strokes while becoming more comfortable on challenging open water conditions. Building upon these skills allows us to become more confident while doing an open water rescue. We will begin the day with a trip planning session that focuses on factors such as wind, sea state, tide, boat traffic and the group’s overall skills. Before we launch and head out into the bay, we will cover basic navigation with chart and compass skills so that we can use our new skills to navigate to our destination. During our paddle we will get a chance to experience some wind and wave action as we explore the picturesque features of Narragansett Bay. Each paddler will get a chance to practice group awareness, kayak navigation, leading, sweeping and risk assessment. After lunch we will get a chance to work on our open water rescues and towing skills as we head for home. This class is an essential experience for any kayaker who is planning to venture out into open water conditions.

Our goal for this class is to provide participants with the skills and confidence needed to head out with a group into the open water, perform a rescue in challenging conditions and build a foundation for future open water kayak instruction. The skills you learn in this class will prepare you for several of our ocean-based kayaking classes and workshops.

Ocean Motion and Movement takes place on the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. We explore challenging conditions to improve confidence and skills. At the conclusion of this class you will be ready to join our Surfing the Long Boat or Rock Hopping and Incident Management classes.

This is full day open water kayaking course and prior kayak experience is required such as Kayak Strokes and Rescues or equivalent experience. Participants should expect to be in their kayaks 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 three 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.

COVID update:  Due to current restrictions, we are not running the group course listed below.  We are running private instruction out of our rental facility in Lake Pearl, Massachusetts, and we may be able to travel to RI for private lessons/tours.  Please call us at (845)668-2030 for availability.

Course Details

Course Length Cost (pp) Location Dates
Ocean Motion & Movement full day URI Bay Campus
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Directions to Meeting Location

Groups meet at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett for this course. See directions below. If you are traveling from our of state and are looking for a hotel, we recommend the Holiday Inn Express on Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown.

From Providence and points north take 95 south to RI-4 south (North Kingstown). RI-4 south will turn into US-1 south/ Tower Hill Road. Look for Bridgetown road on your left. This will be approximately 12 miles from the intersection of 95 and RI-4. Turn left onto Bridgetown Road for 1.5 miles through the intersection onto South Ferry Road (look for big sign URI Bay Campus). Follow South Ferry Road to the very end. Beach area is where we meet. Approximate drive time from Providence is 40 minutes (30 miles).

From New York and points west take 95 north towards Providence. After entering into Rhode Island take exit 3A and merge onto RI-138 east/ Kingston road. Follow RI-138 for 15 miles to the intersection of US-1. Cross over US-1 onto Bridgetown Road and follow for 1.5 miles through the intersection onto South Ferry Road (look for big sign URI Bay Campus). Follow South Ferry Road to the very end. Beach area is where we meet. Approximate drive time from New York City is 3 hours (170 miles).


Groups meet promptly at 9am at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett. See detailed directions above. In the morning you will meet your instructor, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with paddling equipment for the day. The whole course will be spent outside so please dress appropriately for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day. Water shoes are required for your feet (no sandals, please). Class ends around 4pm.

Included/Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment for the day, 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 and water. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

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 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Within 14 days of the start date courses cannot be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted up until 7 days of the start date. 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. Advanced courses are open to those 18 years and older.  Families with younger children, please reach out for a private lesson.  If you have any questions please call 845-668-2030. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.



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