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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 with all of you the history of our company, biographies of our staff and details of our training philosophy.
Spring Paddlers! Spring paddling is as enticing as it is dangerous. The air becomes accomodating long before the water begins to warm up. Excercise discretion when choosing early trips and be sure to wear protective clothing. The gasp reflex claims many cold water paddlers in the first minute of unplanned immersion. In cold water, especially below 45F there is danger of swim failure within 10 minutes if no life vest is worn and danger of a citation until Jun-1 in CT. We talk about hypothermia as a danger mainly for the unprepared on extended trips when long periods of exposure slowly reduce the body temperature beyond our ability to make heat through excercise. Know your limits, train and prepare for cold water paddling. Follow the 60/120 rule which tells us to wear protective clothing if the water is below 60F or if the water plus the air is below 120. We offer cold water clinics - call us for scheduling or advice.
NEW! Camp Directors Check out our updated offering on Camps programs. After 15 years of working with camps all over the Northeast we have developed a comprehensie 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.
Just Added in NY! Summer Classes at Empire Kayaks: Join us again this year beginning late May at Empire Kayaks in western Long Island for weekend classes in kayak and SUP. Check our schedule page for details and contact EmpireKayaks for registration.
New in CT! Summer classes at Martin Park: We are again offering classes on Monday afternoons June through August in kayak and SUP at Ridgefield's Martin Park Beach. Our Schedule page has details. Contact Ridgefield Recreation Parks and Rec to register.
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.
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 us at 860-799-5459 for specific support of your training needs.