What we're about

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 totally 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.

As of 2018, over 1,400 people ages 8-72 in Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana and Kentucky learned to kayak with Nashville Kayak Lessons. Recreational kayaking is booming and the fun is contagious! 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. Also, members practice new skills participating in a group paddle on a calm river.

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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

p.s. I've been asked by students to include this: If you haven't already done so, 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.

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Private Kayak Lesson

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$68.00

What you get: 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 1,400 new kayakers. Everything you'll need to learn how to kayak is provided with the lesson at no extra charge. You'll try out several different kayaks to find out what suits you perfectly. ***At the end of the lesson, you'll receive a free quality safety device as my way of saying Thank You and a free copy of my book, "Quiet Water Kayaking - A Beginner's Guide."*** 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. Please Note: Open and close the gate on the left side when you arrive and then proceed 1/3 mile to the parking area. 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

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$68.00

What you get: 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 1,400 new kayakers. Everything you'll need to learn how to kayak is provided with the lesson at no extra charge. You'll try out several different kayaks to find out what suits you perfectly. ***At the end of the lesson, you'll receive a free quality safety device as my way of saying Thank You and a free copy of my book, "Quiet Water Kayaking - A Beginner's Guide."*** 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. Please Note: Open and close the gate on the left side when you arrive and then proceed 1/3 mile to the parking area. 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

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$68.00

What you get: 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 1,400 new kayakers. Everything you'll need to learn how to kayak is provided with the lesson at no extra charge. You'll try out several different kayaks to find out what suits you perfectly. ***At the end of the lesson, you'll receive a free quality safety device as my way of saying Thank You and a free copy of my book, "Quiet Water Kayaking - A Beginner's Guide."*** 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. Please Note: Open and close the gate on the left side when you arrive and then proceed 1/3 mile to the parking area. 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

Nashville Kayak Lessons

$68.00

What you get: 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 1,400 new kayakers. Everything you'll need to learn how to kayak is provided with the lesson at no extra charge. You'll try out several different kayaks to find out what suits you perfectly. ***At the end of the lesson, you'll receive a free quality safety device as my way of saying Thank You and a free copy of my book, "Quiet Water Kayaking - A Beginner's Guide."*** 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. Please Note: Open and close the gate on the left side when you arrive and then proceed 1/3 mile to the parking area. 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.

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