There’s Much to Learn For All Abilities

  • Guiding Fundamentals

    This nine-hour course is designed for group leaders, outfitters and organizers of paddling groups. Group management, safety and rescue will be covered in addition to risk assessments. Each participant will be expected to lead a group as part of this course. All candidates are encouraged to obtain Wilderness First Aid and CPR to compliment this training. Candidates will receive a certificate of completion.

    Cost $175

    Kayak Sessions

    Paddling course sessions are tailored to suit your learning needs and schedule. Reservations are required for all sessions. Contact us to arrange your Seabirds experience.

    Introduction to Paddlesports
    New to kayaking or a bit rusty on your skills? This session will take you through the fundamentals of kayaking including safety strokes and rescues so that you feel safe and comfortable on the water.

    Developing Your Boat Handling Skills/Improvers Session
    Discover new skills and learn how to blend your strokes for better paddling efficiency.

    Kayak Rescues
    Develop safety and rescue skills including self rescues for a safe kayak experience.

    Guided Tour
    Themes tailored to your interests, location dependent on the weather.

    Boats are available to rent for $30 when participating in a course or tour.

    Each Session Involves

    • Safety chat
    • Equipment familiarization
    • Paddle instruction/tour
    • ‘Top tips’ to take away for ongoing learning
    • Follow up support

    2018 Rates (per person, maximum of four)

    • Hour instruction – $40
    • Two Hours instruction – $60
    • Half day (3 hours) instruction/tour – $80
    • Full day (6 hours) instruction/tour – $150


    Contact Andrea on seabird.ava@gmail.com before booking to discuss your learning experience. Payment confirms that you agree to the terms and program schedule.

    Refund policy Commitments for accommodation, permits, travel, required coach-to-participant ratios and program development requires a no-refund policy. We want you to book early, but we want you to be sure before you do. Thank you for understanding.

    Once you have discussed your paddling goals with Andrea enter dollar amount in the pay pal link for the agreed rate.

    Extended training\tour

    Note: Seabirds reserves the right to modify or cancel an activity if we feel that there are unmanageable risks. Session will be rescheduled.

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    Kayaking Awards

    Seabirds is able to offer awards in British Canoeing (BC) and American Canoeing through Paddlesports North America and the American Canoe Association. There is an additional fee for the awards and certificates. Contact Andrea for more information.

    Paddlesports North America BC Awards
    Paddlesport Start is an encouragement award to provide a framework for first time paddlers.
    The focus of the 1, 2 and 3 star awards is developing personal skills and gaining independence, while the 4 star and 5 star awards are leadership awards which enable paddlers to lead groups in appropriate conditions. For more details – Paddlesport North America Syllabi.

    American Canoe Association Training Available
    – Smartstart for Paddlers
    – Quick Start Your Kayak
    – Intro to Kayaking
    – Safety and Rescues
    – Essentials of Touring
    – Basic Strokes and Maneuvers
    – Strokes and Maneuvers Refinement
    – Coastal Kayak L1-3 Skills Assessment
    For more information visit the ACA National Paddlesport Instruction Program page.

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  • Safety

    Safety is paramount and Seabirds International ensures a safe experience through current First Aid qualification, CPR, emergency water safety, child protection trained, Adaptive Paddling qualification as well as being licensed and insured.

    Clean safety record since 1984.

    Please let us know of any medical conditions that you have or personal requirements when booking your session.


    Safety First. Learn how to be safe in your kayak from one of the premier guides, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution kayak safety brochure.



    Do I need to know how to swim?
    Yes, 50 meters or 150 feet.

    Do I need my own boat and equipment?
    No, Seabirds fleet of Nigel Dennis Kayaks are now available for students to use for a small fee.

    Also, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards through:


    Gear for Adventure in Hamburg, NY



    Elevator Alley Kayak

    Elevator Alley Kayak in Buffalo, NY




    Evergreen Outfitters in Ashville, NY



    Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards from:


    Paths, Peaks and Paddles at Ellicott Creek, NY



    I don’t know how to roll, does that matter?
    No, we will only paddle in waters suitable to your ability and you will learn techniques to help you stay upright. During the winter months, pool sessions will be offered so that you can learn to roll in a safe environment.

    Where can we launch if we already paddle?
    There are many locations throughout New York state and the US. Below are some helpful links and maps with more information.

  • What to Bring

    Not certain of what to pack for your water adventure? This basic list will get you started. For a more detailed item list, please download our Packing List.

    • Signed Seabirds International waiver, fitness and photo release forms (see Downloadable Forms, below)
    • Waterproof shoes – no laces as they are a trap hazard
    • Wear clothes that are suitable, i.e. no cotton (doesn’t dry quickly)
    • Change of clothing and shoes, towel
    • Sunscreen/hat
    • Waterproof case for phone, keys
    • Energy snacks
    • Water and warm drink or juice, please avoid coffee & tea as they are diuretics (make you want to go to the bathroom frequently)
    • Sense of adventure and fun


    Note: Seabirds International is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items including cell phones, electronic keys, boats and equipment. Consider using waterproof containers for electronics and dry bags for clothing and food. See detailed kit list for what to bring.


    Downloadable Forms


    Note: All above forms are downloadable PDFs that require Acrobat Reader. If you don’t have it, please click here.


    2014: Parry Sound, Michigan, Nova Scotia, Charleston, SC, Ohio

    2015: Western New York, South Carolina, Florida, Lousiana & the UK, Cabelas Ladies Days, Dicks Sporting Goods Boat Sale

    2016: Western New York: Allegheny, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Adirondaks and kayaking adventures in NC, VA, MI, ME and more!

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  • Andrea was incredibly welcoming, understanding, patient and taught to our needs. Assessing us on the fly and adapting her lesson to make the most out of our session. You are a wealth of knowledge and I will be recommending you for sure. Thank you for your genuine  spirit! Paulette
  • The instruction and instructor were exceptional. I had some apprehension about survival instruction and I was put completely at ease. Could not ask for a better experience. Ruth Molliza

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