TWO-DAY

Ocean Skills Workshop

NARRAGANSETT BAY

Having a chance to train in open water for 2 days is the best way to take your kayaking skills to the next level and become a confident coastal kayaker. We have taken our two most popular intermediate classes and paired them together to do just that at a significantly discounted rate. This intermediate program launches from two of our most favorite coastal launch spots in Narragansett and Jamestown with quick access to challenging areas to play and train on.

On day one, our experienced instructors will challenge your skills and comfort levels to increase your overall knowledge and performance in our Surfing The Long Boat program. You will be introduced to ocean swell, ocean surf, tidal currents, and shore break.

Day two delivers the complete open water kayaking experience with our advanced Rock Hopping & Incident Management program. We will work on skills like boat control in wind and waves, landing and launching in the surf, and negotiating rocks and ledges. Working on rough water rescues in groups will help you relax, enhance your overall comfort level, and enjoy this fantastic environment. As the day progresses and your confidence grows, we’ll explore rolling, bracing and advanced rescues.

Combining these advanced paddling skills with risk assessment training and open water navigation will give you a greater understanding of ocean conditions and give you all the skills and knowledge you need to paddle the coastline with confidence for years to come.

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 Skills Workshop two days Narragansett Bay
Gear List

Directions to Meeting Locations

See below for directions. If you are traveling from out of state and are looking for a hotel, we recommend the Holiday Inn Express on Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown.

Day One:  Narrow River, Narragansett

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. At the intersection make a right one to US-1 south. Follow US-1 south for approximately 3.5 miles to Narrow River bridge. Parking area is over the bridge on the left. 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. Make a right onto US-1 south and follow south for approximately 3.5 miles to Narrow River bridge. Parking area is over the bridge on the left. Approximate drive time from New York City is 3 hours (170 miles).[/toggle]

Day Two:  Fort Wetherill State Park, Jamestown

From Providence and points north take 95 south to RI-4 south. This will turn into US-1 south. Merge onto RI-138 east towards Jamestown/ Newport. After going over the Jamestown Bridge take the exit towards Jamestown (last exit before toll). Follow Conanicus Avenue for 1.5 miles (this will turn into Walcott Avenue). Turn left at the sign for Ft. Wetherill. Follow this road to the park and then turn right into the park (Brick restrooms on right). Take a quick left to the boat launch parking area. 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 north/ Tower Hill Road. Take US-1 north/ Tower Hill Road/ RI-138 east towards Jamestown/ Newport. After going over the Jamestown Bridge take the exit towards Jamestown (last exit before toll). Follow Conanicus Avenue for 1.5 miles (this will turn into Walcott Avenue). Turn left at the sign for Ft. Wetherill. Follow this road to the park and then turn right into the park (Brick restrooms on right). Take a quick left to the boat launch parking area. Approximate drive time from New York City is 3 hours 40 minutes (180 miles).

Itinerary

Groups meet promptly at 9am for each day of the course. 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. Each day 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). Classes end around 4pm.

Included/Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment for each 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 for each day. 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.