Private Kayak Lessons

Kayak Skills I - The Essentials

Call for appointment | 2 hours

An introductory private kayak lesson is highly recommended for all beginners. Learn your fundamental kayak strokes, essential self-rescue techniques and general kayak seamanship.

Kayak Skills II - Boat Control

Call for appointment | 2 hours

Take your basic kayak skills to the next level by learning how to properly manuever a kayak with your body. Learn to zig-zag through a salt marsh by edging your kayak and discover the freedoms that unlock when you are able to connect with and truly control your kayak.

Custom Private Instruction

Call for appointment | 2 hours

Private instruction is the easiest and best way to improve your skills in any area of kayaking. Our instructors will work with you one-on-one to develop any skills you'd like, ranging from the most introductory paddling strokes to more advanced skills such as bracing and rolling.

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Group Kayak Lessons

Soup-to-Nuts Kayak Skills Course

Two 5-hour classes

Jump right into the world of sea kayaking with a 10-hour course packed with knowledge covering everything from tide readings and kayak seamanship to rescue skills, surf bracing, and navigation. This course is recommended for those who own or plan to own a sea kayak.

Ultimate Sea Kayaker’s Course

40 hours

(Prerequisite Guide Training for Employment)

Our Ultimate Sea Kayaker's Course is everything you need to become a confident, safe, and successful sea kayaker. Throughout our 40+ hour course we cover soup-to-nuts sea kayak skills with a focus toward guiding and leading trips for yourself, friends, family, or as an ERBA employee (graduates will have the opportunity to work as future ERBA guides).

No experience is necessary to enter the course. We teach all you need to know. Note: Water temperature and rescue drills requires all participates to own appropriate cold-water gear.


The majority of the course will be held on the water. We meet Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Additional Tuesday evening class is provided as an optional practice session in which students and instructors will go on an exploratory paddle.

Free Info Meeting:

Want more information about the course, about a future job with ERBA, or to simply meet the staff? Please email if you're interested in taking the course, or with any related questions.


To register for the next 2020 course (dates to be announced), please complete the three page Registration Application and two page Release Agreement. Return the forms and payment to the following address before the first class (date to be confirmed) in May 2020:


Essex River Basin Adventures
PO Box 270
Essex, MA 01929

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Essex River Basin Adventures

1 Main Street

Essex, MA 01929


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