This is a great first step to learning about kayaking. The class is taught in recreational kayaks, which offer the stability that new paddlers need. We will learn about carrying kayaks, launching and getting out of our kayaks, basic paddling strokes and maneuvering your craft. Learn the right way right from the start. 

Two hours of good instruction is worth two years of trial and error.

$59 Per Person


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM



8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Minimum enrollment required. Custom instruction and times available by advanced reservation. 


" In two hours Umiak's kayaking expert Sawyer was able to take a family that had never kayaked before and made us completely comfortable to do a 4-hour river trip the next day. The instruction was easy and personalized. Sawyer fielded all sort of different questions and built our confidence. He definitely was the introduction we needed to the sport. colors, it was a very pleasant trip. "


August 1st, 2018

" I live in Burlington, but like to explore the state. My husband and I wanted to learn more about kayaking. We took a great lesson with Umiak at Waterbury Reservoir. The lesson was great, our instructor was perfect. My husband and I learn differently and she was great. The Rez, as the locals call it was beautiful. Rentals are also available. If in BTV, North Beach of  North ave also has Umiak kayak and standup paddleboard rentals. This is on Lake Champlain. "

Jennifer C

July 5th, 2015