Paddle Classes

The Alaska Boat & Kayak Rental Shop is committed to promoting safe kayaking in our local waters.  Our classes are taught by experienced instructors with wilderness guiding backgrounds.   Our classes are geared towards small groups of 10 or less.  Private instruction and special events are available upon request!

Class Participants must be at least 16 years of age – parent/guardian must sign release of liability waiver prior to their child participating.  All participants must know how to swim and sign a release of liability waiver before participating in any classes.  Our paddle classes are 4 hours in length and take place on Auke Lake, unless otherwise specified.

For information specific to each course, availability, or private options, please email

Introduction to Kayak Skills

This beginner’s class will provide participants with a foundation in kayak, safety, and navigation skills.  This serves as a prerequisite for Kayak Safety & Rescue course.  The course material will include, how to properly fit kayak gear, enter/exit/and launch kayaks, basic paddle strokes, navigation and tide information, and practice self rescue basics on dry ground.

Price: $150 per person

Included: Single Kayak, spray skirt, PFD, paddle, paddle float, bilge pump, and rain jacket and pants


Kayak Safety & Rescue Skills

The cold water, dynamic weather, and considerable tides of Southeast Alaska require kayakers of all abilities to know how to help themselves, and each other, when things do not quite work out.  Class material will focus on wet exits, unassisted entry, assisted entry, and practice these skills in various scenarios, in the water, with single and tandem kayaks.  Participants should have a foundation in basic kayak skills or completed Introduction to Kayak Skills course.

Price: $175 per person

Included: dry suits and booties, single kayak, spray skirt, PFD, paddle, paddle float, and bilge pump.

Introduction to Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Learn to stand-up paddleboard on the peaceful waters of Auke Lake.  This low-intensity class offers a supportive environment for all participants, progressively building skill sets, balance, and posture.  We will practice basic SUP strokes from seated, kneeling, and standing positions in a protected lake environment. Two hours of instruction is followed by 1 hour of self-guided practice, with instructor support.

Price: $100 per person

Included: Stand-up paddleboard, leash, paddle, PFD, rain jacket/pants and boots if needed

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