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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 28 or Thurs. July 2 – 3:30-5:30pm

August 2020 – Tuesdays August 4, 18 or 25 – 3:30-5:30pm
September 2020 - Tuesdays September 1 or 15, 3:00-5:00pm

Fee – $50/Person

Cockpit Kayak Class - Newly designed class with health protocols

Learn kayak skills using cockpit (sit-in) style kayaks.  The class begins with a review of kayak design and outfitting, trip planning, and tips for having a safe paddling adventure.  Then, learn skills including the proper way to enter and exit the kayak, how to hold your paddle, and using various safety outfitting.  On the water you will learn touring, sweep and power strokes, low brace, sculling brace, draw strokes, and finally wet exits and self rescue techniques.  All these skills are designed not only to keep you safe, but with the addition of proper technique, ensure you will have a comfortable, pleasurable paddling experiend.  The class is 4 hours and includes kayaks, paddles, pfd's, and all safety gear.  Students may use their own kayaks if they are properly outfitted.  Attention has been given to teaching this class using social distancing for instructor and participant safety.

June 2020 - Monday June 22 or Saturday June 27 - 11am-3pm
July 2020 - Saturday July 11 or Tuesday July 21 or Monday July 27 - 11am-3pm
August 2020 - Saturday August 1 or Wednesday August 12 or Monday August 24 - 11am-3pm
September 2020 - Friday September 11 or Monday September 14 - 11am-3pm

Fee - $80/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 or 29, 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