Canoeing & Kayaking Information

Canoeing and Kayaking Programs

ADK Paddle Outing

Paddling courses – Come spend a day on the water with us! ADK offers a variety of paddling courses and trips that will help you experience the natural world from the water. Call 518-523-3441 for information on programs being offered.

American Canoe Association L1-L2 Essentials Touring Canoe Instructor Certification Workshop
JUNE 26-28

This three-day certification program designed for competent paddlers who want, or need for their work, to teach others how to safely and efficiently paddle a tandem or solo canoe or just want to improve their paddling skills through an intensive, hands on course. The highest level certification that can be earned in this workshop is the Level 2 Essentials of Canoe Touring, which covers both solo and tandem. Every level of certification has specific criteria to meet, so it is possible to earn a Level 1 Intro to Canoe certification in tandem, or solo and tandem.

Prior paddling experience and comfort in the canoe is required.

There is plenty of on-water practice and dry-land training on safety techniques, stroke and maneuver refinement, and development of teaching skills. In the big picture you should expect to improve your personal paddling and get the foundation for being an effective paddling instructor. This workshop is led by ACA certified Instructor Trainers and is ideal for those in the paddlesport industry, trip leaders and other canoe or kayak enthusiasts.  ACA certification is recognized by other accrediting bodies who require proof of paddling and water safety skills such as the American Camping Association and the NYS Licensed Guide program.
Cost: $480/$580 for package(stay in a lean-to, and includes meals).  ADK members receive a 10% discount.  ACA membership ($40/year) and affiliation with the ACA Safety Education Instruction Council ($25/year) required.

American Canoe Association Flatwater Canoe / Kayak Safety & Rescue

The Flatwater Canoe / Kayak Safety and Rescue workshop introduces essential flatwater safety practices and rescue techniques for canoe and kayak that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an emergency.  The focus of this course will be on learning and practicing safety and rescue techniques extensively.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid) Cost: $40; includes instruction and use of equipment