Beginner Kayak Lesson

Hey Guys,

We have an amazing comprehensive kayaking class for beginners, Sunday October 6th  starting at 11am and meeting at the First Coast Outfitters shop. First Coast Outfitters has become North Florida's premier instructional school! We offer everything from beginner to advanced lessons as well a certification workshops and assessments for those interested in becoming instructors.  


Join First Coast Outfitters for Beginner Kayak Instruction to experience the excitement of kayaking in a fun, supportive and safe environment. 

Using American Canoe Association (ACA) standards, First Coast Outfitters offers the most progressive beginner kayak instruction available in Jacksonville. Our Beginner Kayak Instruction classes establish the foundation that all paddlers need on open and protected waters.

NO experience necessary—just a budding passion for paddling!

Learn basic kayak maneuvers, strokes and water safety skills necessary to become a skilled and confident kayaker by taking our following novice courses:


Quick Start Course

Dip your paddle in the First Coast waters beginning with the Quick Start Course—your personal introduction to kayaking basics. The Quick Start Course will teach you fundamental maneuverability and general safety tips to guarantee a safe and fun day on the water.

Learn how to safely enter and exit the boat, paddle and launch your kayak on the water. This course can be taken in any type|size of kayak—sit-on-top, recreational or full size—and is a great way to try out different types of kayaks before making a kayak purchase. Are you ready to get wet?

Strokes and Maneuvers I

In this beginner’s course, our ACA certified instructors will walk you through each of the most effective stroke types for enhanced maneuverability on the water. This class includes step by step instruction on how to perform forward strokes, sweeps, reverse strokes, draws and low brace—we will also touch on edging among other techniques to improve your efficiency.

3 hour Course

Cost: $50 ($40 for meetup memebers) 

Includes all equipment

Dress for the weather! We ask that everyone wear some sort of synthetic clothing as well as some form of foot protection! 

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  • Carol B.

    Great class, Joe - thanks so much!

    October 6, 2013

  • Michael O.

    Joe kidney stones acting up this week so I have to cancel Sunday !

    October 6, 2013

  • Mary Ann M.

    Hey Joe, I can't make this beginner class. When is the next one? In October, hopefully?

    October 3, 2013

  • Gwinn

    I have an 8 yo that would like to take the class. Does he need his father to attend with him? Are any other kids signed up?

    October 2, 2013

    • Joe C.

      Hey Gwinn, I would ask that his father or you attend because of his age. We do not currently have any kids registered, but we are happy to get him some experience!

      October 2, 2013

  • Mary Ann M.

    Alot of questions...I've never kayaked before so what do I wear? What do I need to bring? Where is the First Coast Outfitters? 2305 Suite 110 doesn't sound like a street address although it may be. I just moved from AZ so right now I'm unclear about street names here! Does the cost include the kayak rental and everything I need? Thank you for all the answers I need!

    October 1, 2013

    • Joe C.

      Hey Mary, We ask that you wear some sort of synthetic clothing that could get get wet. You need to bring bottle of water and foot protection. First Coast Outfitters is a the address above. Yes it is a real address. Yes cost includes kayak, paddle, and lifejacket.

      October 2, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    I will catch the next one

    September 28, 2013

  • Michael O.

    I did this class with Joe and doing it again so a friend can learn. It is a very comprehensive class and must even for those who have kayaked before but never had formal instruction.

    1 · September 18, 2013

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