Canoe/Kayak Lessons and Guided Paddle Trips

 

2016 Canoe & Kayak Paddle Trip Schedule

Beginners' Canoe/Kayak Lessons

 

This class is geared towards paddlers who have never been in a canoe or kayak before and would like to begin venturing into the world of paddling. This class will cover the basics of maintaining safety and stability while entering and exiting the canoe or kayak as well as basic paddle strokes and techniques for maneuvering and propelling your vessel. This class will take place in the in the still water of Vermilionville’s Petit Bayou where paddlers can practice their paddle strokes in the safety of our pond. The cost is $7 per person; this covers our vessel rental fee and paddle guide/instructor fee. Max capacity is 20 persons per class no exceptions. Class times 9:00 am – 11:00 am, we will meet at Vermilionville (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508). Contact Greg at RecandEd@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call 337-233-4077 ext. 215 for scheduling.

 

April 9

June 11

August 13

Intermediate Canoe/Kayak Lesson & Guided Paddle Trip

 

This paddle is geared towards the paddler who has some previous paddle experience. If you are not quite comfortable yet with venturing into the water alone, or would like to add to your repertoire of paddle strokes this is the class for you. This class will reinforce the importance of safety and stability while getting into and out of the canoe or kayak as well as cover a few more advanced paddle strokes so you can learn to better control the course of your vessel while maneuvering in the current of the Bayou Vermilion. For this paddle trip a motorized safety vessel will be following the group to provide added security. The cost is $12 per person; this covers our vessel fee, paddle guide/instructor fee, and our American Canoe Association insurance fees. Please arrive at Vermilionville (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508) for 8:00 am. Contact Greg at RecandEd@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call 337-233-4077 ext. 215 for scheduling.

 

January 30

February 27

March 26

April 30

May 28

June 25

September 10

October 08

November 26

December 10

Advanced Canoe/Kayak Guided paddle trip

 

This paddle trip is geared towards the paddler with an experience level of intermediate to advanced skills. If you are worried about capsizing your canoe this is not the paddle trip for you. This is a guided paddle trip where participants will be able to venture further into the depths of the Atchafalaya Basin via the Bayou Vermilion and enjoy the beauty of the bayou free from the distractions of the mechanized world. This paddle is led by two guides and no motorized safety vessel. The cost is $12 per person; this covers our vessel fee, paddle guide fee, and our American Canoe Association insurance fees. Please arrive at Vermilionville (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508) at 8:00 am. Contact Greg at RecandEd@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call 337-233-4077 ext. 215 for scheduling.

 

May 14

July 09

October 22

November 26

Paddle trips and lessons may be canceled due to inclement weather. In winter months, a combined water and air temperature must be equal to or greater than 120 degrees FAHRENHEIT for paddle trips to go out.