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ADK Watersports: Kayaking

Ah, the wonderful world of kayaking camp! Easily one of the most popular activities at kid camp, the kayaking summer camp program is attractive and accessible to all. Our passionate and experienced instructors will be kayaking with kids to introduce them to all the tricks of this awesome water sport from the wet-exit to the cartwheel. What better way to learn than by kayaking Camp’s beautiful lake waters at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains?

First time boaters at our summer camp for kids begin by learning the equipment basics; life jackets, skirts, parts of the kayak and paddle. Campers spend time learning the various kinds of paddle strokes and fundamentals of safe boat handling. Balance and posture also play a very important role in kayaking and each paddler receives specific one-on-one instruction in correct torso rotation and wet exits. Intermediate level paddlers at kayaking summer camp venture further and further onto Lake George as they fine tune their boat handling skills; kayak over kayak rescues, J-leans, C-turns, various hand rolls and tricks.

Advanced kayakers have the opportunity to get out and test their skills on white-water adventure trips on the Sacandaga and Hudson Rivers in upstate, New York. Accompanied by our kayaking instructors, as well as NY certified kayaking guides, campers learn how to scout and read the water for safety, execute white water rolls and “play in the holes” created by these awesome rivers’ rapids.

The utmost care is taken for this activity and our kayaking camp instructors are chosen for their years of experience and levels of certification. Camper to counselor ratios are no more than 2:1 for this activity in order for the maximum level of safety and tailored instruction to occur. Our kayaking camp’s plethora of kayaks includes boats of all colors, shapes and sizes and has all the necessary kayaking camp gear; we are limited by nothing but hours in the day. So join us for fun and frivolity at the kayaking dock, where skirts are a must and attitude is everything.

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