Northwest Indiana Paddling Association

For 2019, NWIPA will be offering basic kayaking and canoeing classes, along with a sea kayak rescue clinic. Classes are taught by Maggie Byrne and Rebecca Merz, our own experienced ACA certified instructors. Our teaching staff also includes Gayle MacBride and Dan Plath, both ACA certified.

These classes are perfect for beginners or those paddlers who have never had formal instruction.  Even if you have been paddling for years, you will definitely learn some valuable skills if you have never before taken a paddling class. Cost is $50, or $35 for Full NWIPA Members .

Introduction to Kayaking - This 3 hour on-the-water class teaches basic kayaking safety, boat types and features, and basic paddling strokes. Plenty of time is available to practice with the instructor. If you are interested in buying a kayak, this class will teach you how to choose the right boat for you. On request, a kayak, life vest, and paddle can be made available.

All classes will be held at Robinson Lake in Hobart IN. Map…

Up to 10 students can be accommodated in each class, with a minimum of 3.

For more information email: nwipa@nwipa.org

2019 Class Dates:

Dates TBD

To register click here…

NEW! Introduction to Canoeing - Due to popular demand, NWIPA is proud to announce that we have added an Intro to Canoeing Class to our Paddling Education schedule for 2019. Taught by our own American Canoe Association(ACA) Canoeing Instructors, the on water class will focus on the fundamentals  of canoeing.  This is a great class for both novice and experienced canoe paddlers alike. (limit 8 students)

For further information about Intro to Canoeing, please email: nwipa@nwipa.org

Class Date:

Dates tbd…

Sea Kayak Rescue Clinic and Stroke Refinement  - Also, NWIPA is offering a Basic Sea Kayak Rescue Clinic, to learn and practice basic rescue skills including wet exits and assisted ‘T’ rescues.
NOTE: This clinic is for kayakers who have true sea kayaks -- boats with dual watertight bulkheads, and are at least 13 feet long.  Please do not sign up for this class if your boat does not fit this description.

(pre-requisite Intro to Kayaking, limit 10 students)

Clinic Dates:

Sept 22nd 9am - Noon

Lake Michigan for Beginners - For those who want to learn to paddle safely on Lake Michigan.  We will likely launch from a Lake Michigan beach.  A sea kayak is required for this class, and may be borrowed from NWIPA. (limit 10 students)

Class Dates:

Dates tbd…

Choose your session from the form below, your NWIPA membership status, and click submit to link to the NWIPA PayPal payment page to reserve your place. Classes are limited to 10 students, and our minimum will be 3. If a class is filled , or must be canceled we will contact you to give the choice of another session or a refund. You must be age 18 or above for these sessions.

For more information email: nwipa@nwipa.org

Kayaking and Canoeing Instruction



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