Paddling Clinics and Events
Want to keep your skills up and practice rescues when the lake is frozen and it’s just to cold outside to paddle? Want to experience kayaking before hitting the water? Pool sessions are the answer! Each session is tailored to meet your paddling needs be it stroke refinement, rescues or adaptive paddling.
January – March @ Cattaraugus Community Center, Irving, NY
Saturdays 10:30-12:00 Additional Dates available upon request, two weeks notice required to reserve the pool.
January: 6, 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 10, 24
March: 3, 10, 24, 31
Cost- includes day center pass
2 participants- $40pp
4 participants- $35pp
$75pp private session 1:1
Bundle package five private lessons for $55 each, savings of $100
Pool Sessions at Lakeshore Middle School pool Thursdays 6pm-8pm
$60 (2 sessions), book these sessions with Emily at the Community Education Office on (716) 926-2270
Session 1 – January 25th and February 1st
Session 2 – February 8th and February 15th
Session 3 – March 1st and March 8th
Session 4 – March 29th and April 12th
Session 5 – April 19th and April 26th
Session 6 – May 3rd and May 10th
Women’s Ocean Kayak weekend
August 10-12 Eastern Ct /Road Island
Join us for a three-day tidal experience in beautiful Rhode Island and Eastern CT. This women’s only course is being offered for the first time with Paula of Kayak Waveology, LLC and Andrea of Seabirds International.
We will be building on our sea skills in some progressive and active coastal conditions as we have the opportunity to work with shore break surf, rock hopping in and about cliffs and slots, ride the tide and fast flowing ocean currents, and have a play with tide races that are caused by terminal moraines from the glaciers.
ACA Level 3 and 4 skills assessments are available as part of the course.
We want you to get the very most out of your training experience with us. Please contact Andrea with your specific needs and suggestions.
Sea savvy- minimum of 15 hours seat time in a sea kayak
Experience of paddling two hours in winds up to 15mph
Experience in paddling in swell/waves up to two feet
Rescue skills- assisted and self-rescue (these will be reviewed on day one, please come prepared)
What to bring
16-18 foot sea kayak & gear (including safety and repair kits)
Any medications, refreshments, sense of fun and adventure
- NDK Sea Kayaks, Celtic paddle, PFD’s, and spray skirts available to rent through Kayak Waveology, LLC. A SKUK Expedition Centre, https://www.kayakwaveology.com
- Boat transport from WNY available through Seabirds, seabirds.co
Cost- $350 per person for the 3-day tidal experience
Price includes three exceptional venues, quality instruction from two experienced female coaches, and tips n’ tricks to take away for ongoing learning.
Kayak Safety and Rescue Clinics
Do you paddle alone? Are you able to get back into your boat unassisted? Do you paddle with friends? Have you practiced rescuing each other? Do you know how to swim with your boat in the event you aren’t able to ‘self rescue’? If you are new to kayak safety then this is a course for you!
You will gain confidence in your rescue techniques as we learn:
- Wet exits and cowboy rescue- aka self rescue
- T, assisted rescues, scoop and heel hook
- Contact tow, towing with towlines, boat over boat rescues
- How to swim with our boats and back deck rescues
This course is designed for people with basic paddling skills* (can paddle forward, backward and side to side).
Booking and Payment
Contact Andrea on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your session. Courses can be paid to Seabirds International through PayPal.
I have never had a session with an instructor so knowledgeable, compassionate and positive before. I felt confident with Andrea and I can’t wait until our next lesson. Great job- you are one of my she-ros now! Betty Murphy
Andrea was excellent in her knowledge and ability to demonstrate various paddle strokes. And to watch and help me incorporate new techniques. Mary T Huber
Very friendly instructor. I am so glad to find her. I had so much fun and I felt welcome. Michele Ranjber