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  41 Bridge St, Canton, CT 06019
We're excited to announce that we're currently accepting applications for the 2024 season.
If you're interested in joining us, feel free to download an application by clicking here.
We can't wait to hear from you!
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Paddling School 

The Collinsville Canoe & Kayak lesson program is built on the belief that a proper foundation of skills and techniques will lead to a lifetime of fun and enjoyment. See our current classes below, or contact us about a private lesson!

Our highly qualified instructors will teach the skills you need to build your confidence and pursue your chosen paddlesport. We strive to keep our student-to-instructor ratio low to ensure each student receives one-on-one attention in a controlled and safety-conscious environment. We continue to add classes to our schedule - sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom for updates.

Advanced registration and payment are required and may be made through our website by choosing a class below. Also see our Forms and Waivers webpage for required Liability Waivers and kids' forms as indicated in the class descriptions.

We hold our lessons "Rain or Shine," except in the event of extreme weather. See our complete Cancellation Policy and other policies in the About Us section.

Our program includes the following courses.

ADULTS
INTRODUCTION TO KAYAKING AGES 16+
This two hour course is the perfect way to learn the sport you have always wanted to try, or to refresh your skills if you haven't paddled in a while. Our experienced instructors will teach you about kayak designs, materials and equipment. Students will practice getting into the kayak, paddling, turning, and safety. Emphasis will be on students feeling comfortable getting started with flatwater kayaking. You will learn on-the-water in the tranquil section of the Farmington River behind our shop using our high quality boats, paddles, and PFDs. Come have some fun on the water at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak!
2024 schedule available soon!

INTRODUCTION TO CANOEING (SOLO OR TANDEM) AGES 16+
Enjoy an exploration of the original North American public transportation! The course objective is to enable you to paddle a solo or tandem canoe with control on protected waters. You will learn about boat designs, materials and equipment. Students will practice getting into the boat from shore and dock, paddling forward and backward, turning, sideways maneuvers and safety. Emphasis will be on students learning to steer and coordinate with a partner for a fun paddling experience. This class will prove that "tippy canoe..." is a rhyme and not a fact.?You will learn on-the-water in the tranquil section of the Farmington River behind our shop using our high quality boats, paddles, and PFDs.
See our 2024 schedule below!

INTRO TO PADDLEBOARDING AGES 16+
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a new perspective on exploring our waterways. It's also a great way to get a full body workout. Our 1.5 hour basics session will take place on the calm section of Farmington River behind our shop with our high quality paddleboards and gear. We'll cover all the fundamentals: getting familiar with equipment, water entry and balance, proper stance and positioning on the board, efficient paddling technique, safety and etiquette. This is a sport that can be enjoyed in both calm and flat water as well as taken to the next level in the surf or in whitewater.
2024 schedule available soon!

PADDLEBOARD YOGA AGES 16+
Yoga on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) goes together like happiness and sunshine. Doing yoga on the paddleboard simply enhances your yoga workout. The board on the water requires enough extra balance to invigorate your yoga practice. The gentle rocking of the water only improves the experience. This is unlike any yoga experience you will ever have. Get in touch with your body and nature in this 1.5 hour class.

Work at your own level and progress as you create a connection between water and board. Wear water gear, hats, and maybe sunscreen. We will provide high quality paddleboards, paddles, and PFDs. Some previous paddleboarding experience is recommended, but no Yoga experience is required.
2024 schedule available soon!


KIDS

YOUTH SUMMER PADDLING PROGRAM

Our introductory to advanced levels give your child the opportunity to learn and progress in an environment appropriate for them:

  • The Ages 7-15 and Ages 11-15 classes are for those who are at home in the water and are good swimmers.
  • The Whitewater Kayaking class is for those who have completed a week of Ages 7-15 or Ages 11-15 or have additional paddling experience (please inquire).

Choose from one of our weeklong morning or afternoon sessions which feature kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing (unless otherwise specified).

KIDS AGES 7-15 PADDLING PROGRAM
Our kids programs are geared towards kids of all ages who are at home in the water and are good swimmers. Our programs are designed for fun and learning on the water with an emphasis on safety. Our instructors enhance the learning process with games, team-building exercises, and environmental awareness. Choose from one of our weeklong morning or afternoon sessions which feature kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing.
See our 2024 schedule below!

KIDS AGES 11-15 PADDLING PROGRAM
Our older kids program is geared towards children ages 11-15 who are at home in the water, are good swimmers. Our programs are designed for fun and learning on the water with an emphasis on safety. Our instructors enhance the learning process with games, team-building exercises, and environmental awareness. Choose from one of our weeklong morning or afternoon sessions which feature kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing.
See our 2024 schedule below!

KIDS WHITEWATER KAYAKING
Our kids whitewater program is geared towards children ages 12- 15 who are at home in the water, are good swimmers, and have completed a week of Ages 7-15 or Ages 11-15 or have additional paddling experience (please inquire). Our program is designed for fun and learning on the water with an emphasis on safety. Our whitewater week gives your child the opportunity to learn and progress in an environment appropriate for them. Our instructors enhance the learning process with games, team-building exercises, and environmental awareness.
See our 2024 schedule below!

2024 Schedules


Perfect for beginners and those who want a refresher. Ages 16+ who are comfortable in the water. No prior paddling experience necessary.

Cost: $ 68.00
Appropriate for kids who are comfortable in the water and good swimmers. No prior paddling experience necessary.

Cost: $ 299.00
Appropriate for kids who are comfortable in the water and good swimmers. No prior paddling experience necessary.

Cost: $ 299.00
Whitewater week is for those who have completed a week of our Kids Paddling Program (All Ages or Ages 11-15) or have additional paddling experience. Please inquire.

Cost: $ 329.00

Family Lessons

If you paddle as a family, then take a lesson as a family! Whether everyone is a beginner or one person is encouraging others to join in the fun, a class with one of our experienced instructors will help your family learn basic paddling techniques and safety skills to confidently enjoy exploring on the water together. Customized introductory classes in kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are available for mixed-age families up to 5 people. Please call 860-693-6977 or use the Private Lesson form below for details.

Private Lessons


We also can customize any class for individuals, schools, or groups fewer than 8 participants (for large group recreational outings please see the "Rentals & Outings" menu). Lessons are available in kayaking, canoeing, paddleboards, and whitewater as well as more advanced skills like kayak rolling. Please call 860-693-6977 with a few possible dates to discuss your learning goals and pricing. Or start the conversation below. We look forward to planning an instructional program that meets your needs!
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Hours: 

Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 4pm

Location: 41 Bridge St, Canton, CT 06019
Tel: 860-693-6977