Classes now forming for 2020 Learn to Kayak summer sessions!

Learn to Kayak at BIAC

Learn how to cruise the bay on our sit-on-top kayaks. They are an easy and fun way to exercise while seeing part of bay few get to enjoy. These classes are geared to those who have never tried a kayak or want tips on how to be successful. We teach proper form, maneuvering and how to navigate the inner harbor and Bair Island.

What is a kayak?

A kayak is a low-to-the-water, canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. Invented thousands of years ago in Greenland by the Inuit and other native tribes of the Arctic regions, the kayak (from the Greenlandic word "qajaq") was originally used for hunting and to traverse inland and coastal waters. Contemporary kayaks are purpose fit to many different contexts and styles, from freestyle in river rapids to adventures and sojourns with sea kayaks.

The kayaks we have at BIAC are stable and sturdy, a great way to get started exploring the channel and inlets, enjoy a relaxing day on the Bay, and see a myriad of wildlife up close.

The forward stroke is accomplished by twisting from the hips to point one side of your body forward, planting the blade in the water near your foot, and leveraging the rotation of your core to push the craft past the blade. Twist to the other side to take the next stroke, and so on, in rotation. When done well, paddling is a smooth, fluid, motion that maximizes the glide of the boat. 

Learn to Kayak Summer Sessions

The cost of one Learn to Kayak session is $80 for 2.5 hours. Please register in advance to save a spot. There is a minimum enrollment of 3 people and maximum of 6. Participants 10-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

After completing the class, most participants are capable of safely kayaking alone. After your class, you’ll have a one month trial membership at no charge to practice your new skills. After this introduction to the sport, we hope you’ll decide to continue paddling and join BIAC.

2020 Learn to Kayak Schedule

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Classes have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 or more registrants, depending on the session.

 Session Dates Times
1 Saturday, June 27
Saturday, July 11
3 Saturday, July 25
Saturday, August 8 10:00am-12:30pm

Details on 2020 Learn to Kayak sessions:

  • All sessions are held on site at Bair Island Aquatic Center. See the schedule for dates and times.
  • The cost for Learn to Kayak is $80 for a 2-hour class.
  • Your fee includes one month of BIAC membership. We want you to practice your new skills before you are required to join. Once you decide to become a member your dues are prorated. Learn more about membership here.
  • Your one-month trial membership includes opportunities to participate in other BIAC classes. This trial membership is per "Learn to.." class that you take. It cannot be accrued by taking multiple classes. We hope after one month you will enjoy our facility and want to join.
  • No prior water sport experience is needed. Learn to love kayaking!
  • When you register you will be sent additional details on what to wear and bring for your Kayak experience.

Family Kayaking

From sheltering together to paddling together! Enjoy family time on our very sturdy kayaks. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child. Adults may bring as many children as they can safely manage. We suggest no more than three.

The cost of one Family Kayaking session is $25 for 2.5 hours. Please register in advance to save a spot. There is a minimum enrollment of 3 people and maximum of 12.

2020 Family Kayaking Schedule

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Classes have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 registrants.

 Session Dates Times
1 Sunday, June 14 Noon-2:30pm
Saturday, July 18
3 Saturday, August 1
 4Sunday, August 16 10:00-12:30pm

Due to Covid-19, we ask that you bring your own personal flotation device (PFD) if you have one. We have some available, if needed.

Adults must be accompanied by at least one child, we suggest no more than three.

Children must be at least 10 years old to participate.


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Fine Print (Refund Policy)

We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund 75% of your registration cost if you must cancel within a week of your session. No refunds are offered the day of the class, although if necessary we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

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