Paddling Instruction

Through our relationship with and commitment to SOLO Wilderness Medicine School,
we offer regularly scheduled Wilderness First Aid Courses.

Open Pool Sessions 


Sundays,
3:00pm-5:00pm
The Master’s School, Dobbs Ferry, NY
$30/session
$60/session with equipment rental

Prime Paddlesports welcomes all types of boaters including sea-kayakers, whitewater kayakers, traditional paddlers, and canoeists. Pool sessions are “open individual practice style” for paddlers to practice their skills on their own or with friends. 

Sunday afternoon pool sessions will run from January 7 through April 15, 3:00pm – 5:00pm with participants invited at 2:30pm to load equipment.

Space is limited to twelve participants per session.

Private 1-on-1 time with an instructor to work on any area of personal skill development can be arranged for an additional $55/person for a fifty-minute session.

All levels.

Rescue Round Up

Wednesdays, 02/28, 03/07, 04/04
8:00pm-10:00pm

The Master’s School, Dobbs Ferry, NY
$85/session
$115/session with equipment rental

In this class we will review basic and advanced rescues for paddlers looking to gain confidence and comfort for those times we find ourselves upside down and out of our boats. We welcome new and experienced kayakers to join us in learning fun, safe, effective and efficient rescue techniques.

New paddlers will be introduced to the wet exit and will focus on basic assisted rescues including the T Rescue, the Heel Hook, and the safe and effective use of the paddlefloat self rescue.

Intermediate paddlers will practice more complex assisted rescues and self-rescues including, but not limited to, the cowboy/girl scramble and re-enter and rolls. Additionally, scenarios will be created to challenge paddlers to use the skills they have to manage a variety of situations. 

  • Wilderness First Aid textbook
  • Course Materials
  • Lunch
  • The following materials are helpful, but not required:

Dissecting the Roll


Wednesdays, 01/21, 02/21, 03/21
8:00pm-10:00pm

The Master’s School, Dobbs Ferry, NY
$85/session

Taught by Kayak Hipster, Luke Rovner 

Luke believes that rolling isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of thing, and acknowledges that we all have different body types, varying levels of flexibility as well as paddling strengths and weaknesses.

This class is aimed at finding areas that will help each paddler achieve or improve their rolling. He will lead course participants through exercises that will, over time, improve their ability to roll.

Space is limited.

Equipment rental can be arranged for $30 to include kayak, skirt, paddle and PFD.

All levels welcome.
  • Wilderness First Aid textbook
  • Course Materials
  • Lunch
  • The following materials are helpful, but not required:

British Canoeing
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning 


Friday, 02/16
10:00am-5:00pm

Hubbard Lodge Trail, Cold Spring, NY
$150

Taught by Greg Paquin of Kayak Waveology

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots and is a prerequisite for those seeking their British Canoeing (4 Star) Sea Kayak Leader Award. However, anyone wishing to undertake journeys on the sea using a kayak would find the technical and theoretical aspects not only useful, but essential for safe travel in the marine environment. This course is designed to complement the areas covered in the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader award.

The aim of the British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course is to give the student the tools to enable them to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions. This will include the following aspects:

-Interpreting maps, charts, coastal pilots and tide  tables
-Navigating on the water using visual references and simple pilotage techniques
-Effective use of a compass
-Sourcing, interpreting, and applying weather information to the coastal environment

By the end of the course each student should have planned at least 2 coastal journeys that they can take home as references for further trip planning in North America and United Kingdom waters.

Filing fees are $20.00 for PNA or BC members and $40.00 for Non-members, which are required if you are working through the BC system towards leadership awards. These are payable at the time of the course, directly to the course provider.

If you will be participating in both the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course on Friday followed by the SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course on Saturday and Sunday, Prime Paddlesports will extend a reduced rate of $125 for the Coastal Navigation Course and $175 for the SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class.

  • Wilderness First Aid textbook
  • Course Materials
  • Lunch
  • The following materials are helpful, but not required:

ACA L1/L2 Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification Workshop


Friday–Sunday, 06/08–06/10

Cold Spring, NY
$375

Prime Paddlesports is offering an American Canoe Association Level 1 / Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW). The ICW combines the Instructor Development Workshop and the Certification Exam into a single three-day course. Course leaders will spend time working with the instructor candidates on personal skills, group management, and teaching ability. The course will incorporate dry-land teaching in addition to on-water sessions. An emphasis will be placed on safety, efficiency, proper communication, and progressive teaching skills. The IT’s will assess the candidate with the appropriate skills criteria in required conditions.
  • Wilderness First Aid textbook
  • Course Materials
  • Lunch
  • The following materials are helpful, but not required: