What we're about

Home of the original American Canoe Association certified recreational kayak instructor in Nashville! I teach private and personalized three hour kayak lessons restricted to groups of five. No large group teaching here! You'll learn how to kayak or improve your skills, and have fun with a small group and one-on-one instruction. I enjoy passing the love of the sport to others and make learning fun! The three hour private instruction class includes how to transport your boat, what to buy (and not buy), and practice your first Oops! with the safety of an instructor on hand.

This is my 11th year of teaching over 1,800 people ages 8-72 in Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana and Kentucky. My business has grown by word of mouth. Sign up for a hands-on private and personalized kayak lesson with tons of practical and money-saving tips. By the end of the lesson, you will navigate a kayak like you've been doing it for years. That is my promise to you.

I'm an ACA (American Canoe Association) Certified Kayak Instructor and wrote a book, Quiet Water Kayaking: A Beginner's Guide (http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Water-Kayaking-Beginners-Guide/dp/097269983X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299029476&sr=8-1) based on the lessons and 17 years experience. Kayak lessons includes all gear at no extra charge. During the lesson, you will try out a variety of kayaks to find the one that suits you perfectly.

Comments from students:

• “ Lesson was great! Leslie, Thank you so much. Learned what to do, learned what not to do(and buy) and met some great people . Now to need to get out there and practice :) ” — Louise Stroop (http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-Lessons/members/14051566/)

• “ It was great. I got everything and more out of the lesson that I expected. Leslie was very informative and a fantastic instructor. I feel sure that I can now get in a Kayak and paddle with confidence. ”—Cindy Woodring (http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-Lessons/members/189180675/)

• “ My husband and I took our first kayaking class last Saturday. It was absolutely the best! Leslie taught us about paddling, getting in and out of the boat and so many skills for safety. We were also able to try out a variety of kayaks to see which one was best. Don't wait, take her class and you will be hooked. ” — Nora C. (http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-Lessons/members/188589763/)

• “ I just did a Moonlight event . We had so much fun . I am still playing with this amazing group a year later . Always feel at Home with Leslie Dunn and the group. ” — Séamus McMeel (http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-Lessons/members/167296392/)

Happy Paddlin'

Leslie Dunn

615-461-0711 (Like everyone else, I don't answer numbers I don't recognize. Please don't let that stop you from calling with any questions, though. I always call people back.)

p.s. I've been asked by students to include this: Do not purchase any gear or boat until after the kayak lesson. After the lesson you will be able to make informed money-saving decisions and maybe save yourself a trip back to the store.

Upcoming events (5)

Bledsoe Creek Paddle (and lunch!)

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$30.00

The majority has spoken and we’re going to lunch! It’s at Shady Cove Marina where we’ll be Covid safe eating on the riverbank. After that, we’ll paddle back to my home (the take out). Great paddle for newbs and experienced kayakers looking for an excuse to hit the water. Nonshuttle paddle + social distance = FUN! Distance approx. six miles and guesstimate on time of four hours. Put-in on my farm where there's plenty of free parking. Boat owners, proceed across field to the put-in for easy unloading and park. Renters, park in the parking area. Eleven rental kayaks available at $30 each. Free for boat owners - small contribution not required but appreciated. Renters - please put in comments that you are renting to help all of us keep count. Event limited to 15 but when 11 boats are rented, after that only boat owners can RSVP. To be clear, boat owners can RSVP at any time, but only 11 renters can attend. Strongly recommend using event location pin for navigating. If you data enter my address, ensure it ONLY navigates to 299 Lake Road, Castalian Springs, TN 37031 and not Lake Marie Road or Lake Drive (which is in another city). Bring snacks and/or lunch, water, sunscreen and hats. Wearing life jackets is required. Event canceled and full refund if the chance of rain is 70% or greater in Castalian Springs. We will proceed through sprinkles but not storm. Organizer reserves right to make final determination about weather. Check email and this event for any weather updates if necessary. Last day, if you cancel, for full refund is Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Private Kayak Lesson, Tuesday, Aug. 11

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$53.00

You'll be treated to three hours of a private lesson with no more than four other people with a five star instructor that’s taught over 1,800 new kayakers. Everything you'll need to learn how to kayak is provided with the lesson at no extra charge including trying out different kayaks to find out what suits you perfectly. What you'll learn: Learn to control and navigate a kayak where you want it to go, paddling safety, Universal River Signals, how to load and unload a boat, what to buy and not buy, and hot tips on safe kayaking and river etiquette. By the end of the lesson, you'll talk and feel like a paddler and have fun! Please feel free to read the great comments (http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-Lessons/about/comments/?op=all) left by previous students. What to bring: Wear or bring shoes that can get wet, and comfortable clothes. If you want to get 'baptized' and get your first flip out of the way, wear something that you don't mind getting wet, and bring a towel. Children ages 8+ welcome to attend. Please contact me regarding your child's size so I can determine if any special accommodations are needed. No problem if that's the case, I love teaching children. ***At the end of the lesson, you'll receive a free copy of my book, "Quiet Water Kayaking - A Beginner's Guide" and a free quality safety device as my way of saying Thank You.*** Please Note: OPEN AND CLOSE THE GATE on the left side when you arrive and then proceed 1/3 mile to the parking area. There are cows on the property which is why the gate is closed when you arrive. I teach where I live, and I live on the water. You'll be on private property with plenty of parking and no distractions from the public. Due to the proprietary nature of the instruction I’ve developed over ten years, no guest observers will be allowed. In case of bad weather, please check email and/or website evening before and day of event for any potential updates. In the event of canceling the lesson, you will have the choice of a refund or choosing another date to receive a lesson.

Private Kayak Lesson, Thursday, Aug. 13

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$53.00

You'll be treated to three hours of a private lesson with no more than four other people with a five star instructor that’s taught over 1,800 new kayakers. Everything you'll need to learn how to kayak is provided with the lesson at no extra charge including trying out different kayaks to find out what suits you perfectly. What you'll learn: Learn to control and navigate a kayak where you want it to go, paddling safety, Universal River Signals, how to load and unload a boat, what to buy and not buy, and hot tips on safe kayaking and river etiquette. By the end of the lesson, you'll talk and feel like a paddler and have fun! Please feel free to read the great comments (http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-Lessons/about/comments/?op=all) left by previous students. What to bring: Wear or bring shoes that can get wet, and comfortable clothes. If you want to get 'baptized' and get your first flip out of the way, wear something that you don't mind getting wet, and bring a towel. Children ages 8+ welcome to attend. Please contact me regarding your child's size so I can determine if any special accommodations are needed. No problem if that's the case, I love teaching children. ***At the end of the lesson, you'll receive a free copy of my book, "Quiet Water Kayaking - A Beginner's Guide" and a free quality safety device as my way of saying Thank You.*** Please Note: OPEN AND CLOSE THE GATE on the left side when you arrive and then proceed 1/3 mile to the parking area. There are cows on the property which is why the gate is closed when you arrive. I teach where I live, and I live on the water. You'll be on private property with plenty of parking and no distractions from the public. Due to the proprietary nature of the instruction I’ve developed over ten years, no guest observers will be allowed. In case of bad weather, please check email and/or website evening before and day of event for any potential updates. In the event of canceling the lesson, you will have the choice of a refund or choosing another date to receive a lesson.

WINNER'S LESSON! for July Trash Pick-up competition: Sat., 8/15/2020

Nashville Kayak Lessons

Huge thank you and appreciation to those who participated in July's trash clean-up by land and water! I supported Team NOW (Nashville Outdoor Women), of course, and this class is for the winners. What to bring? Nothing, except water. Be sure to wear shoes that can get wet. Strongly recommend using the location pin found on this event to navigate to my home where the lesson is held. Event canceled if the forecast is 70% or higher chance of rain in Castalian Springs. In the event of rain, I WILL reschedule you on the date of your choice.

Past events (524)

Private Kayak Lesson, Saturday, Aug. 8

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$53.00

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