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Kayak Instruction and Classes



Our instructors are licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guides. They have developed the following curriculum to address the needs of our clientele. Some of these classes require a wetsuit or drysuit. You can rent or purchase them from our Camp Store if you do not have your own.

Click the classes below to see the full description.



Private Kayak Lessons

 Throughout the season.

Basic Start Up - Get On The Water

 For Beginners.
Two-hour class, no previous experience required.

Basic Start Up - 4-Hour Class

 For Beginners.
Four-hour class, no previous experience required.

Sea Kayaking Fundamentals

 For Beginners.
Full-day course for beginners who have had no formal training.

Registered Maine Guide Course

 May 16, 17, 18 & May 23, 24, 25, 2014.
6-day course designed to prepare participants for the State of Maine Sea Kayak Guide Exam.

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures is the gateway to the incredible islands of the Deer Isle - Stonington archipelago, with a campground, practice pond, classroom facilities, and two all-tide launch sites. Our Sea Kayak School offers courses for most any experience level. Whether you are new to the kayaking sport, want to improve your skills, or prepare for the Registered Maine Guide Sea Kayaking Exam, your experience promises to be both educational and fun.


Private Kayak Lessons



Spend some time in our clean, fresh water practice pond or on the ocean for a private kayak lesson with a Registered Maine Guide.

Private lesson beginner topics include getting in and out of the kayak, paddling techniques, wet exit, and self rescue. Advanced topics include weather, navigation, rescue, and maritime safety. Depending on your skill level, time may be spent both in the pond and the ocean during your kayak lesson.

Rates:

1 person: $60/hour/person
2 people: $42.50/hour/person
3 people: $36/hour/person
4 people: $33/hour/person
5 people: $29/hour/person
6 people: $25/hour/person
Please contact us to register.

Basic Start Up - Get On The Water



A 2-hour course geared towards the beginner, no previous experience required.

Each 2-hour class will include essential strokes, wet exits and rescues, and how to paddle safely in coastal Maine waters.

Tuition:

 $55 per person
Minimum 4 people per class or Private Kayak Lessons rates apply.

Please contact us to register.

Basic Start Up - 4-Hour Class



A 4-hour course geared towards the beginner, no previous experience required.

Each 4-hour class will include essential strokes, wet exits and rescues, how to paddle safely in coastal Maine waters, and additional ocean paddling time.

Tuition:

 $105 per person
Minimum 4 people per class or Private Kayak Lessons rates apply.

Please contact us to register.

Sea Kayaking Fundamentals

 

A full-day course for improving paddlers and those who have been paddling for a while, but without formal instruction.

Learn the basic skills that will give you more from your time on the water. More miles with an improved forward stroke; More fun with better maneuvering skills; More safety with rescue and navigation training. This full-day class introduces students to the skills and knowledge that every kayaker needs for safe and efficient paddling in the ocean environment. We'll cover a variety of strokes, equipment selection, basic navigation, avoiding capsizes, and how to stay safe when things go wrong. Our small class size allows us to give individualized attention to each student, and customize the class to your specific needs. You'll leave this class with plenty to practice, and a clear plan of action for meeting your goals as an improving sea kayaker.

Tuition:

 $160 per person
Minimum 4 people per class or Private Kayak Lessons rates apply.

Please contact us to register.

Registered Maine Guide Course



Held at Old Quarry in collaboration with Pinniped Kayak, our Registered Maine Guide Course is designed to prepare participants for the State of Maine Sea Kayak Guide Exam. Participation in this course does not guarantee certification.

This 6-day, 56-hour course, held over two 3-day weekends, will cover a variety of topics, including risk management, trip planning, group leadership, navigation, safety, island ethics, and minimal impact camping. There will be on-water training in kayak paddling skills, rescue techniques, and towing. If time and weather permit, one night may be spent on an island learning group island camping techniques.

Due to the time of year this course is offered, drysuits are required for all on-water activities. We have a few dry suits and many wet suits for rent if you do not have your own. We have dry suits and wet suits for sale as well. Students should be in good physical condition and be prepared for the weather and sea conditions of springtime in Maine.

2014 Course Dates:

 May 16, 17, 18 & May 23, 24, 25. Starts Friday 9:00 a.m. and ends Sunday 5:00 p.m.

Registration:

 Contact Pinniped Kayak to register.

Lodging & Meals: 

Contact Old Quarry to reserve campsites, bunkhouse, meals.

American Canoe Association (ACA) Training



Pinniped KayakWe recommend Nate Hanson at Pinniped Kayak, in Ellsworth, for American Canoe Association (ACA) training. Mention that Old Quarry sent you!


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