2021 Paddling Classes

All classes will be held at River Park (6625 Bridge St, Ellsworth, MI) GPS: 45° 9.82800, -85° 14.4486

Kayaking Essentials

This class teaches paddlers the basics for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way. You’ll learn about what kayaks work best for what conditions and other paddling best practices. Learn how to make the kayak go where you want it to go and basic safety skills needed on the water. You will have the opportunity to learn what to do when (not if) you end in the water, out of your boat. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit.

Class requires participant to bring a kayak, paddle, and pfd (life jacket). If you do not have a kayak, please contact us prior to registration and our instructors may be able to accommodate. 

All classes are taught by ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructors. Maximum student: teacher ratio is 5:1. Ages: 14 and up. Participants must meet the ACA eligibility requirements here.

Class Dates (click date for more information and to register):

Kids Kayaking

Our kids’ class is a great way to introduce your child to the sport of kayaking. Designed with fun and water safety as primary goals, we teach students through a variety of games and exploration. Our experienced, certified instructors teach basic skills with a goal to empower kids to be comfortable while out on the water. Classes are taught in traditional youth sized sea kayaks.

All classes are taught by ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructors.. Maximum student: teacher ratio is 4:1. Ages: 7-13
$30/person for two hours. Need-based, limited partial scholarships are available, please contact us prior to registration for more information. 

Kids will always be wearing life jackets while on the water but must be comfortable on the water with a life jacket on.  Participants must meet the ACA eligibility requirements. Extra thanks to the West Michigan Coastal Kayaking Association for sharing their youth-sized kayaks with us for these classes (check out their website for a great family friendly kayaking symposium hosted every Memorial Day weekend).

Class Dates (click date for more information and to register):


For more information or to schedule an additional class, please contact Deana Jerdee at deana@paddleantrim.com

Paddle Antrim is taking precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and will follow all CDC/State/local guidelines. Individuals shall not attend if: they have been in contact with a person who had COVID-19, have a fever over 100 or has felt unwell in the last two days (fever/chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea).