Adult Lessons

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If you would like to book a day that is not listed, please call and we will do our best to accommodate you.  

Individual classes
Are you new to paddling and don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you already have experience and would like to become more proficient. I recommend you sign up for the Crash Course lesson, then move on to our Introduction to River Paddling, followed by the Down River Courses. Our classes are specially tailored for the interest and skill level of those attending that specific class. There are certain principles that apply for everyone; however, we try to avoid the “blanket approach” because we want you as an individual to get the most out of each class. We keep our classes small to help ensure everyone will receive some one-on-one instruction in addition to the group instruction.

Paddling gear and park entry fees are not included in the lessons unless specifically noted.

Crash Course/Intro to Racing

Skill Level: All-fundamental skills
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $65.00
Location: Staples
Gear available for small additional fee

You will receive instruction on flat water to create a good paddling foundation by establishing proper technique and team work. Both new and experienced paddlers are encouraged to take the course prior to any of the Down River Classes. After completing this class, you can take take any Down River Course in any order.

  • DSC_0529hollymarkpaddlingBasic water safety
  • Boat & paddle design
  • Discussing gear
  • Boat rigging
  • Trip planning
  • Bow & stern responsibilities
  • Entering a canoe/kayak
  • Trimming the canoe/kayak
  • Basic strokes: Forward, Draw, Sweep, Cross bow
  • Switching sides (Hut)
  • Basics of steering and being a team
  • Practice flat water paddling
  • Optional rescue technique

Introduction to River Paddling
(can be combined with the Crash Course for a full day class for private groups of 4 or more) 

Skill Level: All
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $75.00
Location: Staples
Gear available for small additional fee
This class will get you going with everything you need to know to get you comfortable on gentle moving water. Learn how to “read the river” and understand why your canoe turns around backwards on some corners and not others.

  • Paddling environment
  • Introduction to river reading
  • Learn and practice basic river maneuvers
    • Eddy turn
    • Peel out
    • S turn
    • Up stream ferry
  • Optional rescue technique


Down River Class

Skill Level: Intermediate
Duration: 4 hours, 4-6 miles
Cost: $75.00
Location: San Marcos River
Gear available for small additional fee

In this intermediate-advanced friendly class, you will work on reading the river with a little flat water paddling. We will also spend time looking at various options on how to safely portage the dams.girl

  • Understanding basic river currents & terminology
  • Making the most of your strokes
  • Setting up for turns & obstacles
  • Portaging river obstacles

Down River Class II

In this intermediate-advanced friendly class, we will paddle down a slightly more technical section of river with more sweepers than we do in the Down River I Course. While working on a good stroke, you will learn how to paddle down the river using the current to help you while not being pushed into every obstacle (like overhanging trees) in the river.

  • Understanding basic river currents & terminology
  • Making the most of your strokes
  • Setting up for turns & obstacles
  • Portaging river obstacles

Private Lesson:
New 2019 rates listed

$75.00 per hour (Solo)instruction
$100.00 per hour (Tandem team)

If you are training for a marathon canoe race, I offer a flat rate for half or full day lesson where we paddle a 16-35 mile section of the race course together. This is only available if you have taken at least one prior lesson with me.

$375.00 for full day (Solo/Tandem team, generally 12-20 miles)


American Canoe Association
Become a certified canoe instructor
Skill Level:  Intermediate/Advanced
Duration: 3 full days
Location: If you have a group and a good river, I will travel to you.
Cost: $375.00, plus ACA dues

Contact for more information



also see “KIDS TAB”

We offer a wide range of group instruction and trips with canoes and kayaks. If you do not have your own gear, we are able to outfit you and your group with either canoes and/or solo kayaks.

Below are a few examples of group paddling events we have hosted in previous years.

  • Training camp staff in paddling skills and rescue technique to safely teach and supervise kids in canoes and kayaks
  • Helping scouts acquire merit badgesDSC_0073
  • Home & private school PE classes
  • Youth Group instruction
  • Corporate team building
  • Party games and races

Please contact us with what your group is looking to accomplish, and we will help you find the most appropriate and beneficial option for your specific group.


Let us know if you would like to join a class or set up a group paddle by contacting us.