Kayaking for Beginners

  • Intro to Kayaking - Day 1 of 3 (Island Lake)
    June 8, 2018
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Intro to Kayaking - Day 2 of 3 (Island Lake)
    June 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Intro to Kayaking - Day 3 of 3 (Lake Superior)
    June 10, 2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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If you’ve always wanted to learn to safely and effectively kayak from a professional kayak instructor, this is your chance!

Learn to Kayak with the Duluth Folk School

Join highly trained instructor Jen Buseman as she helps you progress from novice to being ready to go out on your own. You will learn about the gear used in sea kayaking, what kind/size of boat is best for you, and what to wear.

You will hit the water and learn how to get into your boat, what to do if you capsize, how to safely get back into your boat if you do capsize, and how to help someone else back into their boat. We will learn the basic paddle stokes, and move up to learning some more advanced paddle strokes, such as draw strokes and bracing. We’ll put it all into practice by going for a paddle on Lake Superior (weather permitting, of course)!


Learn to Kayak with the Duluth Folk School

This class consists of three 3-hour sessions. By the end of the three sessions you will have the basic skills needed to kayak confidently and safely – and you will also have met your new kayaking buddies! 🙂

Registration Includes

Professional kayak instruction in a positive, low-pressure environment with very small class size.

Skill Level

No prior experienced required, but you should be comfortable in the water.

Best for Ages…

18 years or older.

You should bring…

Towel, swimsuit, nose plugs (optional), fry, warm clothes and hat (for after). You are encouraged to bring your own kayak and/or kayaking equipment if they have it. The ideal gear list includes:

  • Kayak
  • PFD
  • Paddle
  • Spray skirt
  • Wetsuit
  • Neoprene gloves and/or booties

If you don’t have any of this equipment, we have a partnership with Day Tripper of Duluth to rent gear for this class. Choose that registration option and all gear will be waiting for you when you arrive (we’ll be in touch beforehand to verify sizing). To rent individual items, or if you have questions, send an email to info@duluthfolkschool.com.

Feedback from previous classes…

“Jen was great. Clear and helpful, friendly, encouraging, genuine, supportive, and knowledgeable.”

“Very experienced and patient with novices. Always willing to stick with it until we fully understood.”

“It was truly a wonderful experience.”


The first and second day, we will meet at the Island Lake Picnic Area:

Kayak Class Location

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The third day, we will meet at the 12th Street Beach on Park Point [this location is subject to change, depending on wind/weather]

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