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A Connecticut
paddlesports training

Changing Tides PaddleCraft offers kayak, canoe and SUP (standup paddle board) skills training in Connecticut and New York. We are proud that our Instructors are trained and Certified by the American Canoe Association - the benchmark for paddling Instruction in North America. Together our staff span a broad range of paddling disciplines from flat water to moving water in coastal and river environments. We bring depth of experience and love of the outdoors to the art of building your paddling skills. We regularly publicise the latest news about our company and its offerings of training classes, certification and tours.

News on our Classes and Events

New Haven Harbor from Lighthouse Point Park

Fall Paddlers Fall offers us some of the best paddling of the year. Most of the motor craft which churn the waters all summer are being cocooned for the winter. The water, especially in early fall is still fairly warm, yet we see lots of sunny, perhaps brisk days - great for paddling. Lots of birds, especially eagles and hawks are migrating through the area on the way to winter quarters and the foliage will turn the hillsides to blazing colors. Remember the 60/120 rule: if the water is below 60F or if the water + the air temperature is below 120F it is time to wear protective clothing. Even on good days it is wise to have a paddle jacket or an oversize wind breaker to mitigate wind chill. Always wear your PFD and plan your trips well so you can be around to paddle next year. Visit our Planning page for more information on trip planning. We have more time for private lessons this time of year - please call us with your requests.

Long Island Classes Empire Kayak Classes: Again for 2016 we are offering weekend classes at Empire Kayaks located in Island Park, NY and easily accessible from Long Island or western CT. These popular clinics, when added together, provide a good foundation of basic paddling skills. Check on our Schedule page for more details (time, location, content). Call Empire Kayaks at 516-889-8300 to register. Contact Elizabeth at 860-799-5459 for further questions.

  • Combo: Strokes & Rescues
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Mornings (starts 9:00 am) on: 9/4, 10/2
    • Afternoons (starts 11:30 am) on: 5/29, 6/26, 7/24, 8/14
    • Fee: $100/person (includes equipment)

Just for you! Private Lessons: Construct a custom class to fit your exact needs and schedule! Register for a private or semi-private lesson at the level of your choice. For details check out our Class Description or call us at 860-799-5459 to discuss your needs and plan a class.

  • Private (one student): $75/hr/student
  • Semi-Private (two students): $45/hr/student
  • Boat rental: iquire
  • Pool or Access Fee: as appropriate, inquire

Extensive Capabilities! ACA Certified Instructors and Instructor Trainer: We offer ACA skills classes and skill assessments in coastal kayak (L4), canoe (L2) and Standup Paddle Board - SUP (L2), as well as ACA Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Training/Assessment and ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor Development, Certication and Updates (L4). For more information on class capabilities visit our Classes page. For more details about our company and staff visit our About page. Please feel free to call Elizabeth at 860-799-5459 for specific support of your training needs.


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