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Changing Tides PaddleCraft offers kayak, canoe and SUP (standup paddle board) instruction and 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 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 are proud to share the latest news about our activities.
Advice to Spring Paddlers: Water temperatures are warming but many areas, especially for deep waters, are still cold. We are still dressing for winter paddling until early June - that means wearing a drysuit or a wetsuit with wind protection. Never paddle alone, and make sure the others in your party are properly trained and equipped. NOTE: from 10/1 to 5/31 in CT and 11/1 to 5/1 in NY, PFDs are required by law to be worn by all paddlers. We ALWAYS wear our PFDs. Consult our Trip Planning page for more tools to plan a safe trip. Paddle safe to have fun!
NOTE! SKSA has a new URL: as of October 2017 our sister company on Long Island has received a new website name. If you are looking for SKSA you can now find it at SKSAltd.com. Thank you for your patience and support.
ACT SOON! Camp Counselors Check out our extensive offering on Camps programs. After 15 years of working with camps all over the Northeast we have a comprehensive progam of paddler training aimed at the needs of Camps, Scout Troups and Clubs. Consult our Camps page for more details. The start of the camps season coincides with our busy season, so begin scheduling as early as possible. Call us at 860-799-5459 with questions.
NY Classes - Summer Classes at Empire Kayaks: We are again offering classes in Kayak and SUP in Island Park, NY at Empire Kayaks from May through September. These fun classes take place on Sundays and are designed to jump-start your enjoyment of the sport. We are also available for private lessons there after classes (be sure to schedule in advance). Call 860-799-5459 to inquire about curriculum. Check our schedule page for details dates and times. Call EmpireKayaks at 516-889-8300 for registration.
CT Classes - Summer classes at Martin Park: we are still working with RPR to set these up. Contact Ridgefield Parks and Rec at 203-431-2755 for more information.
Just for you! Custom Classes: Construct a special 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.
Instructors! ACA Certified 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 us at 860-799-5459 for specific support of your certification needs.