Canoe/Kayak Lessons & Guided Paddle Trips

 

2018 Canoe & Kayak Paddle Trip Schedule

Beginners' Canoe/Kayak Lessons

This class is geared towards paddlers who have never been in a canoe or kayak and would like to venture into the world of paddling. This class will cover the basics of maintaining safety, stability while entering & 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 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, which covers our vessel rental and guide fees. Capacity is set at 20 per class. Class times are 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. We will meet at Vermilionville (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508). To register, click here. For scheduling or questions, please contact Greg at environmental@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call (337) 233-4077 x. 215.

*Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to paddle date.

April 7 

May 12

June 9

September 8

November 10

Intermediate Canoe/Kayak Lessons & Guided Paddle Trip

This paddle is geared towards the paddler who has some previous paddling 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 more advanced paddle strokes. This will allow you to gain better control concerning the course of your vessel while maneuvering in the current of the Vermilion. For this paddle trip a motorized safety vessel will be following the group to provide added security. The cost is $12 per person, which covers our vessel & paddle equipment, guide and American Canoe Association (i.e.insurance) fees. Please arrive at Vermilionville (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508) for 8:00 a.m. To register, click here. Please contact Greg at Environmental@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call 337-233-4077 ext. 215. 

*Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to paddle date.

April 10

June 30

July 14

August 25

September 29

October 6

November 24

December 8

Advanced Canoe/Kayak Lessons & Guided Paddle Trip

Bayou Vermilion District is no longer offering Advanced Canoe/Kayak lessons. However, we have decided to incorporate a Canoe/Kayak Equipment Rental Program for those independent paddlers. It is our desire that those interested enjoy the beauty of Bayou Vermilion at their leisure. 

Click here to learn more and view gear rental options/paddle trip schedule

 

*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. Certain paddle routes are closed during hunting season.