Paddling Events, Tours and Classes

Seabirds International events
  • Seabirds International holds various paddling events throughout the season. Check back often for updated events.

    Booking and Payment

    Contact Andrea on seabird.ava@gmail.com to book your session. Courses can be paid to Seabirds International through PayPal.

    Symposium Seabirds will be working this season

    August 17-20, 2017: Ladies of the Lake sea kayak symposium for women only in Michigan, http://downwindsports.com/lol/

    Local Events

    Paddle Bike Run, http://www.bflopaddlebikerun.com/registration.html – A great event held at Silo City, join in the fun or just come by and see what’s happening during the Expo day July 29th. Seabirds will have boats to try and resources to share from the Safer Boating Council. Sunday July 30th we’ll be on the water covering safety for the paddle race.

    Rescue Roadshows

    Gallagher Beach – North side, 10am-1pm

    Partnership project with the NYState Parks, the Coast guard and Seabirds with resources to give away from the Grassroots program with the Safer boating council. Tabletop rescue equipment demonstrations followed by on the water rescues. This is a free event for everyone 😉 On Sundays – June 18th, July 2nd, August 13th

    Reduced Rate Kayak Safety rescue sessions with BOM, https://www.meetup.com/buffalo-outdoors/events/238561373/, Gallagher Beach, South Side, Thursdays: June 22nd, July 13th, August 10th

    Adventure training trips

    POSTPONED UNTIL 2018 – please register your interest for September 14-17: ADK Women’s only Kayak Skills weekend, we’ll be working on Level 2 & Level 3 skills whilst enjoying a beautiful setting with our own private launch access. Food will be sourced locally from organic farms. ‘Pamper activities’ for ‘off the water’ time can also be arranged for additional cost. NDK sea kayaks are available to rent for this event at an additional $125.

    Cost for the weekend and training: $750.00, 4 days to include training, 4 evening meals and comfortable accommodations in beds at authentic Northpoint Camp at the edge of 6 million protected acres of Adirondack forest. Wifi. https://adirondackfamilycamp.com/

    Pool Sessions

    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. Contact Andrea to arrange your session, no more than two participants on these sessions to allow for quality learning.

    Starting in November 2016, pool sessions are offered throughout the year. Two weeks notice required to book the pool for private sessions.

    Cost: $45 includes your day membership to the facility. Arrive earlier than the session to use the gym, swim or just explore.

    Beyond BOW & Seabirds Kayaking

    Seabirds International, in cooperation with the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, is offering a number of woman only kayaking tours and skill sessions this summer. For more information on the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program please visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/68.html


    June 17: 10-12, Buffalo River

    Reduced rate: $40 for two hours ($90 value)


    Quality instruction to suit your needs. Minimum boat size 12 feet.
    Level 1 skills* June 21st: 18 Mile Creek and Lake Erie
    Level 2 skills** July 26: Sunset Bay & Cattaragus Creek, Irving, NY

    Level 3 skills*** August 9: Gallagher Beach, Buffalo

    Wednesday sessions are offered at a reduced rate of $45 for two hours, a portion of which goes to the DEC BOW program.

    Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Venue subject to change depending on weather. Boats available to rent for $25.00.

    *Beginner – New to kayaking and want to learn.

    **Advanced beginner – Some formal instruction, can forward paddle, steer the kayak, move sideways and prevent capsize in flat water. Can paddle 3-5 miles in a sheltered environment.

    ***Intermediate – Can perform all of the desired skills of an advanced beginner, can paddle backwards and maintain a course in wind. Can self-rescue and peer rescue in flat water and can paddle 6-8 miles in protected environment.

    Please bring refreshments, sunscreen, personal medications and spare clothing.
    Wear clothing suitable for getting wet (synthetics as cotton doesn’t dry quickly) and shoes without laces as they can get trapped.

    Kayak Advanced Skills and Training

    Ever wanted to turn in wind? Interested in learning how to land and launch through surf? Keen to wow your friends with your paddling skills? This is the course for you. We will be covering Level 3 Sea kayak skills and more, http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.americancanoe.org/resource/resmgr/SEI-Courses/L3_CKSMR_Skills.pdf.

    Boats must be a minimum of 13 feet for this course and all participants will receive an ACA Participation card. Book early to avoid disappointment, as these are small classes designed to enhance your learning experience.
    Tuesdays @ Gallagher Beach, Buffalo (venue subject to change due to weather conditions) parking lot south side with the grain elevator in the foreground.
    Meet at 5:30pm. Will be on the water from 6:00 – 7:30pm.

    June 13
    June 20
    August 8

    $45 Spaces limited to four per session, book early to avoid disappointment, seabird.ava@gmail.com

    Paddle Bike Run kayak clinics 

    These sessions are designed to help you get the most out of your forward stroke and turn for the paddle race! Offered for the first time in 2016, the clinics are back for 2017.
    Where: We will meet at the Ohio Street Launch on the Buffalo River, https://paddling.com/launches/12304/
    Time: 6:30pm- 8:00pm
    When: Thursdays- June 15 & June 29th
    Cost: $45 ($90 value), Boats available to rent for $25 for the clinic
    Bring: your kayak, life jacket, paddle, safety gear, change of clothing, any medications required and refreshments.
    Book: contact Andrea on seabird.ava@gmail.com to book, spaces limited to allow for enhanced learning.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

    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!

    Offered for the first time in 2015 and again in 2016 these clinics are back by popular demand.

    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).

    WHEN & WHERE (venue subject to change due to weather conditions)
    Wednesdays @ Gallagher Beach south side, parking lot with the silo in the foreground.
    Meet at 5:30pm. Will be on the water from 6:00 – 7:30pm.
    June: 14th
    July: 12th

    $45 . Spaces limited to four per session, book early to avoid disappointment, seabird.ava@gmail.com

    • Boat
    • Personal gear and equipment- dress for immersion! This is a wet session and you will be in the water
    • Spare change of clothing & towel for after the session
    • Drink/ refreshments/ high-energy snack
    • Paperwork- please download and fill out the waiver, health and fitness, photo release forms on the bottom right of the Seabirds courses page


     *If you are interested in developing your paddling skills or improving on existing skills and learning new techniques you can arrange private sessions. Kayaking awards also available through Paddlesports North America and the American Canoe Association. Visit the Seabirds courses page for more information.

    2016 Adaptive Paddling Workshop was a huge success!

    Adaptive Paddling

    Congratulations to an inspiring group of Adaptive Paddling Instructors and volunteers!!! This two and a half day training even was made possible by a number of dedicated individuals and organizations who are working with us to grow Adaptive Paddling in Western New York.

    Thank you for a great experience. I’m hooked! Marty Gregoire



  • 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

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