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Intro to Kayaking

What to Bring

Hat & sunglasses   Watch
Binoculars   Sunscreen
Water   Snacks
Sandals, water
shoes, or old
  Waterproof or
plastic bag for your belongings
Hearty lunch in a strong plastic bag   Plastic bag for

Bathing suit or
synthetic (running or hiking) clothing, if available

  Extra dry clothes, towel, and shoes to be left in the van


From the east (including Boston): Take the MassPike to Exit 15 (Rt.128/I95/Rt.30). Stay left through the toll (follow signs for Rt.30) and make two right turns onto Rt.30 East. Pass through two sets of lights and cross the river (about 1/2 mile). Our brown
boathouse is immediately after the river on the left
From Rt. 128: Take Exit 24 (Route 30). Turn right onto Rt.30 (Commonwealth Ave) East. Our brown boathouse is 200 yards down on the left
  Good to know in advance
Trips always run unless weather is
extreme – call in advance if in doubt

Wear clothes that can get wet – kayaking is a water sport!

Wetsuits and water-resistant paddling
jackets are provided free of charge
All trip participants should park in the lot
across the river from CRCK's boathouse.
Drop off your gear at the boathouse and
follow the guide's instructions on where to park
Charles River Canoe and Kayak: 2401
Commonwealth Avenue, Newton MA
02466, (617) 965-5110
This trip offers an organized instructional
format. During the afternoon, the guide will lead the class on a tour, during which he or she will continue to offer feedback, tips,
and advice. Do not expect a simple tour – choose this trip to learn the basics of sea kayaking!
Plan to carry out all trash while on the

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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 30 minutes
  Duration: Full day

$115 per person

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A one-day introduction to sea kayaking along the Massachusetts coast, including a full day of instruction and a tour of the shoreline. Build your skills while enjoying the beauty and wonder of coastal paddling. Cost includes expert instruction and guiding, travel, and kayak rental.

The sea kayak is an amazingly versatile craft, equally at home on a quiet river or the ocean. From a kayak, you can visit places you never even knew existed, or view popular destinations from a completely different point of view. This full-day trip will introduce you to the wonders of sea kayaking and to the Massachusetts coast.

No experience is required! The instructors from Charles River Canoe and Kayak will teach you the basic strokes to maneuver the boat in any direction, plus basic rescue techniques that you can use to recover from a capsize. After this trip, you can confidently paddle calm water on your own or expand your skills with a more advanced clinic.

Massachusetts, with its 1,000 miles of varied shoreline ranging from the dunes of Cape Cod and rocky outcrops of Cape Ann to working harbors like New Bedford, is a wonderful place to paddle. On this introductory trip, you'll experience a section of this beautiful seascape and learn techniques that will allow you to visit more. These trips travel to locations protected from big waves, so you can learn without the worry of poor conditions.

Most of the trips for 2005 travel to Hingham Harbor, a picturesque portion of Boston Harbor with small islands to visit, salt marsh to explore, and the lush World's End Reservation providing an undeveloped backdrop for instruction. Other trips visit Gloucester, Manchester, or Marblehead.

All trips depart by van from CRCK's Newton Boathouse at 8 am and return around 5 pm. In 2005, the trip schedule is as follows:
Sun. May 29: Marblehead Harbor
Sat. June 11: Hingham Harbor
Sat. July 2: Manchester Harbor
Sun. July 10: Gloucester Harbor
Sun. July 24: Hingham Harbor
Sun. August 7: Hingham Harbor
Sun. August 28: Hingham Harbor
Sat. September 10: Hingham Harbor
All of these trips are for people with no previous kayak experience.
To reserve a spot on the next trip, call Charles River Canoe and Kayak at 617-965-5110. For your information, they also sell kayaks – You may want to buy one as soon as you're back!
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