We believe that education is key to promoting safety and stewardship on our waterways. We use every opportunity available as a means of educating the public on these important points. Messages of education can be found woven throughout our blogs posts, newsletter, Water Trail signs, events, social media, classes and more.

Paddling Safety

We work with American Canoe Association certified instructors to hold basic introductory classes. Below is a description of some class offerings.

Intro to Kayaking
This class gives paddlers the fundamentals for paddling all types of kayaks in a fun and safe way, including essential safety skills and strokes. This class is great for beginners but anyone who has never received formal instruction will benefit.

The Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding
This class gives paddlers the fundamentals for stand up paddle boarding in a fund and safe way. This course is great for anyone new to the sport or hasn’t had formal instruction.

Kayak Rescues
This course is geared for all levels of paddlers and explores and discovers the best solutions for when (not if) we end up in the water, out of our boats.

Kids Kayaking
Our kids kayaking class, geared to 7 -13 year olds, 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. Classes are taught in traditional youth sized sea kayaks.


Aquatic Invasive Species
We partner with organizations such MI Paddle Stewards to host classes to train the paddling community on monitoring aquatic invasive species. Identification, reporting and removal of AIS is an important part of our stewardship mission.

Loon Protection
Common Loons are threatened in Michigan and nest along the water trail. It is important to our mission that paddlers remain aware of loons and do their best to avoid them especially during nesting season.


Interested in additional programming or have questions about our classes? Send an email to us at