On-Water Basics

Offered by ACA-certified instructors, these classes provide an excellent opportunity for skill and technique development in your paddlesport of choice. If you are interested in broadening your paddling horizons explore our Topic & Skills Tracks. On-water beginner basics classes require preregistration. (To preregister, participants must be registered for the full-weekend package.)

Your activity will be held in an outdoor setting which is subject to sun, wind, rain, insects, etc. In general, these programs are held rain or shine; although lightning and/or high winds may cause cancellation. Please plan accordingly and be prepared for anticipated conditions, as well as for an unexpected swim. For your safety and enjoyment we ask you to bring the following items:
  • Shoes which can get wet and will stay on your feet in the water
  • Swim suit/nylon shorts
  • Sun protection (hat, glasses and lotion)
  • Water bottle (1-3 quarts in plastic bottles with lids--No alcoholic beverages please!)
  • Clothing for anticipated weather conditions, including rain gear (in cool temperatures please avoid cotton!)
For Kayak Rolling, Rescue, and SUP classes especially, be prepared to get wet.
Register online or call 843-795-4386.
  1. Friday, April 21
  2. Saturday, April 22
  3. Sunday, April 23

Friday, April 21



Intro to Kayaking


12:45-2 p.m. Course # 50433
Designed for the novice paddler or for the beginner who has never had any formal instruction. You will learn about basic equipment, how to deal with an unexpected capsize, and basic strokes (forward, reverse, stopping, and turning) that help get you where you want to go. We also offer 'Women's Intro to Kayaking,' featuring comparable content presented in classes specifically geared towards women.

Bracing/Support Strokes


12:45-2 p.m. Course # 50434
Learn skills to help keep your boat upright! Gain a sense of when to brace, or simply paddle, for support or recovery from an unexpected loss of balance. We'll work on static and dynamic bracing and even get into some sculling maneuvers. Be prepared to get wet.

Intro to Rolling


12:45-2 p.m. Course # 50435
A thorough introduction to the components of the roll and their all-important relationship to 'above water' skills, from bracing to sweep strokes. Arm and body positioning play an important 'role' too, as does the torso and head. It's a full body experience! We also offer 'Women's Intro to Rolling', featuring comparable content presented in classes geared towards women.

Bracing/Support Strokes


2:15-3:30 p.m. Course # 50436
Gain a sense of stability while learning skills that will help you stay upright in your boat! Learn when to brace, or simply paddle forward, for support or recovery from an unexpected loss of balance. We'll work on static and dynamic bracing and even get into some sculling maneuvers. Be prepared to get wet!

Assisted & Self Rescues


2:15-3:30 p.m. Course # 50437
Learn the basic components of rescuing yourself and others when paddling. This course covers everything from the classic 'T-Rescue,' use of a paddle float and a sling, and other various partner and self-rescue techniques. Expect to get wet and have fun!

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding


2:15-3:30 p.m. Course # 50438
Receive a thorough introduction to the growing sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. Learn safety and proper techniques for getting started. Be prepared to get wet! We also offer 'Women's Intro to SUP,' featuring comparable content presented in classes geared towards women.

Intro to Greenland Paddle Kayaking


3:45-5 p.m. Course # 50439
Experience the user friendly attributes of Greenland paddle in this course. The paddle has a natural, intuitive, symmetrical design, with an easy learning curve for the new paddler. There is no upside down or backwards, no left or right hand control, and no feathered blades. Just grab it and go - it is even easy on the joints!

Beyond the Basics


3:45-5 p.m. Course # 50440
Building on the fundamentals of 'Intro to Kayaking,' students will gain an understanding of the concepts behind movement, balance, and support stokes. Not only will you have the opportunity to fine tune introductory skills, you'll also learn efficient means of moving sideways and recovering from a loss of balance!

Women's Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding


3:45-5 p.m. Course # 50441
Receive a thorough introduction to the growing sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. Learn safety and proper techniques for getting started. Be prepared to get wet! This all women's class will be taught by female instructors.