Learn to Kayak in Pittsburgh  

Everyone learns in different environments and we start out with varying levels of comfortability with kayaking. That’s okay! We’ve crafted classes to fit any level beginner kayaker. Find the one that best suites you. 

Intro to Kayaking 

Not ready to get on the water yet? Start on land with a workshop to get you familiar with kayaking from the shore-line. Test out the equipment to see what how it feels. After this class, you’ll be ready to get on the water soon enough.  

Free for Ages 50+ 

Classes Schedule

June 13 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Sign Up 

Beginners Paddle 

You’re past the introduction and you’re ready to test things out. In this class you’ll learn more about equipment and best techniques to get you moving. Practice on land for an hour then launch into the water to put your new found skills into work. 

Class Schedule

June 29 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Sign Up
July 01 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
July 10 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
August 3 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Sign Up
August 19 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
August 28 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
September 30 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up 

Morning Beginner Paddle  

Rise and shine! This class is identical to the Beginner Paddle, but we’ll get started earlier in the day. It is also a part of the Venture Outdoors Again programming which means you’ll learn to kayak among peers who are ages 50+. 

Free Ages 50+

Class Schedule

June 27 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Sign Up
July 18 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Sign Up
September 11 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Sign Up
September 18 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Sign Up 

 

Women’s Only Beginner Paddle 

Women take the lead! Learn to kayak in an environment that is women-centered and women-led. You’ll walk away with the same lessons from the Beginner Paddle, but in a space that fits you. All women, trans, and nonbinary identified individuals are welcome! 

Class Schedule

July 29 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
September 12 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up 

Beginners Paddle II  

Let’s take it to the next level! You’re not quite intermediate, but you took the Beginners Paddle class and you want a few more instructions to get the most out of your casual kayak adventures. You’ll learn additional strokes and become a skilled paddler. 

Class Schedule

June 22 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Sign Up
September 7 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Sign Up 

Beginner Stand Up Paddle-boarding 

Maybe you want to try something new. Learn how to become proficient at one of the fastest growing water sports in the world! It starts with some instructions on the land and then you’ll be on the water stand up paddle-boarding in no time.  

Class Schedule

June 11 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
June 15 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am | Sign Up
July 2 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
July 14 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
August 6 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
August 29 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
September 8 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Sign Up 

Women’s Only Beginner Stand Up Paddle-boarding 

Once again, women take the lead! Learn to stand up-paddle board in an environment that is women-centered and women-led. All women, trans, and nonbinary identified individuals are welcome! 

Class Schedule

July 23 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Sign Up
August 25 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am | Sign Up
September 26 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Sign Up  

Introduction to Sailing 

Try sailboating this summer! Certified Instructors will teach you the basics of sailing before taking you out for a sailboat ride, where you can use your newly learned skills.  

Class Schedule

August 18th | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Sign Up 

Introduction to Dragon Boating

Have you heard of dragon boating? Paddle in a long boat with friends to the beat of a drum. This unique opportunity will teach you a sport with ancient traditions.

Class Schedule

July 13 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Sign Up

There's so much to learn

We’ll teach you to hike, bike, paddle at any age. Check the full list of programs to find more.