Open up another whole world of kayaking. Touring in a kayak is one of the most exciting ways to explore the world. Whether you want to paddle around the lakes of Colorado, small islands in the Caribbean or the inside passage of Alaska sea kayaking is the way to go. Enjoy a day at Chatfield State Park trying your hand at sea kayaking. Start the day off learning how to choose a kayak, outfitting the boat, essential safety items and their usage. Then it is off to the water to learn the fundamental paddle strokes needed to get around efficiently. After lunch the focus is on self-rescue techniques, navigation and how to plan for a sea kayaking adventure. You don't need an ocean to be a sea kayaker - any lake will do and we have plenty of them right here in your Colorado back yard. This class will teach you the necessary skills you need to enjoy this intimate, low impact form of travel.
Lessons run rain or shine, so check out our recommended gear list for suggestions on what to bring to be prepared.
Location, Dates, and Times:
All classes begin at 9AM and end around 3PM
Chatfield Reservoir, Littleton, CO
|Sunday, June 11, 2017
|Sunday, June 25, 2017
|Sunday, July 9, 2017
|Sunday, August 6, 2017
|Sunday, August 20, 2017
|Sunday, September 3, 2017
|Sunday, September 17, 2017
Group rates available for private parties of 4 or more. Please call the office to schedule a private lesson 303-988-2943.
Sea Kayaking Lesson Outline
Loading your boat on your vehicle
Carrying your boat
Launching and landing
Deep water re-entries
Side by side rescue
Intro to rolling
What to bring:
- Lots of water
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Something to get wet in (swimsuit)
- Lunch and Snacks
- Warm dry clothing for when you are off the water
Additional recommended items:
- Fleece or other synthetic clothing (not containing cotton) that can be worn under a wetsuit
- Kayak noseplugs (with a strap)
- A hat
- Sunglasses with retention strap (Croakies, etc.)
- Wetsuit booties or river sandals (must stay on when you swim)
This lesson includes all the kayaking gear you will need including a boat, paddle, skirt, PFD, helmet, splash jacket, wetsuit and booties. If you have your own equipment, we encourage you to bring it since it is most likely what you will be using outside of this lesson.
Chatfield State Park
Entering the park from Wadsworth Blvd.:
After leaving the gate house off of take a right at the first stop sign. Follow the main road about 1.8 miles south. You will pass a road on your right that goes to the horse stables. The road will curve to the left and you will see the gravel pond on your right. Take the next right turn on to a dirt road and follow it to a large parking lot. Class meets next to the large pond on the right.
Entering the park from N. Roxborough Park Rd.:
After leaving the gate follow the main road for about 2.2 miles. You go past a campground and go over a river. After you cross the bridge make a left turn on to a dirt road and follow it to a large parking lot. Class meets next to the large pond on the right.
The reservoir has a gate fee of: $8.00 or have a Season Pass. This class begins at 9am.