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Paddlesports Lessons


Shank’s Mare offers a full schedule of kayaking and stand-up paddleboard classes.  These programs will teach you how to get the most out of your paddlesports adventures both from a safety and technique standpoint. Sign up for our classes and get a great start in kayaking or paddleboarding. All classes require pre-registration - online by clicking the class title, or by phone at 717-252-1616.

We are happy to schedule private group lessons.  Just give us a call for details.  GO PLAY OUTSIDE!

Level I Kayak Class

This two hour class offers an introduction to the sport of touring kayaking using decktop (sit-on-top) kayaks.  On-land, learn entering the kayak, proper body position, holding the paddle, and basic paddle strokes. On-water instruction includes learning power, maneuvering and touring strokes. It is truly a “try it see if you like it” program. The class ends with a guided paddle tour offering individual help as needed. The class fee includes kayak, paddles, pfd’s and instruction.

June 2020 – Tuesdays June 2 or 23 - 3:30-5:30,  or Thurs. June 11 – 4:30-6:30pm

July 2020 – Tuesdays July 14 or 18 or Thurs. July 2 – 3:30-5:30pm

August 2020 – Tuesdays August 4, 18 or 25 – 3:30-5:30pm

Fee – $50/Person

Level II Kayak Class

This two hour class is designed for those who have taken our Level I Kayak Class or comparable instruction or experience, and wish to continue learning better technique plus the all important safety skills every kayaker should possess.  It is taught in cockpit kayaks and includes instruction on strokes, maneuvers, braces, wet exits, and rescue skills...what to do when capsizing in water over your head.  Kayaks, paddles, pfd's, and all safety gear is included.  Students may use their own kayaks if they are properly outfitted.

June 2020 - Thursday June 25 - 3:30-5:30pm
July 2020 - Tuesday July 21 or Thursday July 30 - 3:30-5:30pm
August 2020 - Tuesday August 11 or Thursday August 20 - 3:30-5:30pm
September 2020 - Tuesday September 1 - 3:30-5:30pm
Fee - $62/Person

Comprehensive Kayak Class

This 5-hour class encompasses all skills taught in Level I and Level II Kayak Classes plus additional information on kayaks and outfitting.  Taught in cockpit-style touring kayaks, the class begins with an on-land orientation on kayak equipment and technique.  On the water, students begin with wet exits in a controlled area with the instructor. Paddlers then review and practice strokes including power, touring, sweeps, braces, and draws. Wet exits and safety skills are taught and practiced including group and self-rescues.  If time allows, a short paddle tour completes the class. The class fee includes cockpit kayaks with front and rear flotation, sprayskirts, rescue gear, paddles and pfd’s.

June 2020 – Monday June 8 or Saturday June 27 – 11:00am-4:00pm

July 2020 – Saturdays July 11 or Monday July 27 – 11:00am-4:00pm

August 2020 – Saturday August 8 or Monday August 17 – 11:00am-4:00pm
September 2020 - Saturday September 12 - 11:00am-4:00pm

Fee – $100/Person

Basic Stand-Up Paddleboard Class

This two hour class offers an introduction to the sport of Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP).  On-land, learn handling your paddle, mounting the paddleboard and proper body position for balance. On-water instruction includes launching, various stroke techniques, maneuvering the board, and safety and rescue techniques.  This instruction period will be followed by a short SUP paddle tour. Fee includes board, paddle, pfd & instruction.

June 2020 – Sat. June 13 - 10:30am-12:30pm,  or Tues. June 16 -  3:30-5:30pm  

July 2020 – Thurs. July 9 or July 23 - 3:30-5:30pm

August 2020 – Thurs. August 13 - 3:30-5:30pm or Sat. August 22, 10:30am-12:30pm
September 2020 - Thurs. September 10 - 3:30-5:30pm

Fee – $50/Person

Yoga & Stand-Up Paddleboard Class

Practice the yoga skills of grounding and centering, creating inner balance and linking movement to breath...all on a stand-up paddleboard.  Our SUP expert, Josh Hill, will help you get comfortable on your paddleboards with guest yogis leading you in your yoga practice. This two hour class is taught in a quiet, sheltered and shallow area of the river.  Dress appropriately for the water.  Board, paddle and pfd are provided.

June 2020 – Sat. June 20 - 10:30am-12:30pm

July 2020 – Thurs. July 16 - 3:30-5:30pm or Sat. July 25 - 10:30am-12:30pm

August  2020  – Thurs. August 6 - 3:30-5:30pm or Sat. August 15 - 10:30am-12:30pm
September 2020 - Fri. September 4 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Fee- $50/Person

SUP Yoga Pool Sessions at the York YWCA
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm or 3:00-4:00pm

Shank's Mare is teaming up with the York YWCA to offer Pool Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga. Heather and Josh load up our SUP's and head to the YWCA indoor pool to conduct these dual exercise sessions. Combine the meditative benefits of yoga with the balance and strength skills for SUP in a controlled water setting. Call the York YWCA at 717-845-2631 to register.
Fee - $35/Person