Rescues and Recoveries Pool Class | 3 Hours | $120

A comprehensive class of rescue and recovery options for kayakers.

No experience necessary | Sea Kayaks

This three-hour class is ideally suited to paddlers who want to explore multiple means of self and assisted rescue. We will teach technically-sound maneuvers that will aid in re-entering a kayak following a capsize. Gear used will include paddle floats, rescue stirrups, and bailing implements. We will review multiple strategies to aid and assist fellow capsized paddlers or distressed swimmers. No experience is necessary.

– It is recommended that clients arrive 30 minutes early to complete paperwork, get properly fitted to their kayaks and life jackets, and perform some basic stretches.

– Using a sea kayak that fits properly, has a low back deck, and utilizes a neoprene spray skirt is strongly encouraged.

– Equipment for the class is not included but can be rented for $50 per session. Our rental equipment includes high quality, comfortable sea kayaks, neoprene skirts, carbon paddles, and lightweight life jackets.

• A completed Liability Waiver and Medical Questionnaire
• Bathing Suit or Synthetic Shorts, and a Synthetic Fabric Shirt (Please avoid wearing cotton)
• A large towel and a dry change of clothes. Showers and changing rooms are available.
• Recommended Items – Nose clips and a light layer of neoprene
• Optional Items – Swim goggles and water shoes

Reservations are required for all programs and may be made online or over the phone. Payment is due in full at the time of the reservation. We accept all major credit cards.

Cancellations with 48 hours or more notice before the program start time will receive a full refund. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will result in forfeiture of the entire program fee. In the event that Sea Kayak Connecticut cancels a class or a tour due to lack of minimum enrollment, severe weather, or an emergency, clients may opt to reschedule their program or receive a full refund. 

All scheduled programs will run rain or shine. A few sprinkles won’t keep us off the water, so please pack a light rain jacket if showers are in the forecast. Should Sea Kayak Connecticut determine that the weather conditions are unsuitable for an upcoming program; we will cancel the class/tour and contact you via e-mail, text or by phone. In the event of anticipated rainy or windy conditions, our guides will make an at-the-launch decision as to whether or not to launch. Please plan on attending your program regardless of the weather in your immediate area or the forecast at the launch site.

For All Outdoor Programs you may either bring your own equipment or we’ll supply it for you at no additional charge. We do not provide discounts for bringing your own equipment. Clients may bring their own sea kayaks provided they are sea worthy, at least fourteen feet in length, have bulkheads fore and aft, sealed hatches, and perimeter deck lines. For sit-on-top programs, clients may bring their own sit-on-top kayaks provided they are sea worthy. Please contact us if you are unsure as to whether or not your equipment is suitable for one of our programs. Breathable life jackets will be provided and must be worn by all participants.

Forms including liability release forms and a confidential medical questionnaire are required for each program from each participant. Please complete all paperwork prior to arriving for your class or tour.

12 Years Old is the minimum age requirement for participating in classes and tours. Please also note that we only provide singleperson kayaks for our tours and classes.

Paddle-specific clothing is highly recommended for all programs. Essentially, dress as if you are going swimming. We’ll do our best to keep you high and dry but wearing the right clothes will make for a much safer and far more enjoyable paddling experience. Wearing synthetic shirts and shorts, a ball cap and pair of shoes that can get wet will make for a comfortable day out on the water.

Personal Info is asked of you so that we may properly fit you to your kayak, paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and spray skirt.

Punctuality and Preparedness are two hallmarks of Sea Kayak Connecticut. To ensure that everyone gets to enjoy every minute of the scheduled program, it is very important that clients arrive on time. Please arrive having everything on the Paddlers Checklist completed and in-hand 30 minutes prior to the program start time.