Rock Hopping
& Incident Management

NARRAGANSETT BAY

So much of the action on the sea happens along the edges, where the rocks, beaches and shorelines meet the dynamic and sometimes sneaky ocean. It is a place just waiting to be explored by you and your kayak, and EMS Paddle School instructors are here to help you. Most of the strokes taught in programs like Strokes and Rescues or Ocean motion and Movement become essential in this class, allowing you to properly progress into those more challenging environments.

This full day program will introduce you to the wonderful world of rock gardens, reefs and kelp forests along New England’s coastline. You will learn to explore this ever changing environment by blending control, support and propulsion strokes with boat edging, body positioning, and timing to dance with the sea. Throughout this class we will cover group dynamics and incident management.

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
Rock Hopping & Incident Management full day Jamestown
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Directions to Meeting Location

Groups meet at Fort Wetherill State Park in Jamestown. See below for detailed directions. 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 From New York and points west 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. 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 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, 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. 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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