Beginner Kayak Lesson

  • March 15, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Hey Guys,

We have an amazing comprehensive kayaking class for beginners, March 15th  starting at 10am 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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  • Felicia

    Awesome class Joe! Can't wait until the next lesson :-)

    March 16, 2014

  • Tess C.

    Sorry have to work

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello are the paddles still on for Sunday March 9. That's tomorrow. I called but ans machine came on.

    March 8, 2014

    • Joe C.

      It was great paddling with you yesterday Bonnie!

      March 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was do good to be on a paddle again. Enjoyed it!

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Ed M.

    sorry Icant make it due to anotehr eagle and birding meetup same day and time. Will get with the group when Ican. Looking forward to your outings. Do you have photographers using waetrproof cameras?

    March 10, 2014

    • Joe C.

      Hey Ed, Yes, absolutely! Lot's of great options out there. Another idea would be bringing the nice camera, and putting it in a dry bag, and you would obviously have take extra care to keep dry, but with a stable enough kayak should be easy!

      March 10, 2014

  • LBS

    Do ya'll supply a kayak or two.. Please reply am very interested thanx

    March 10, 2014

    • Joe C.

      Hey LBS, We supply the kayaks and all the gear for the classes. You just meet us at the shop!

      March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello are the paddles still on for Sunday March 9. That's tomorrow. I called but ans machine came on.

    March 8, 2014

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