go play outside

  2092 Long Level Road Wrightsville, PA  17368

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 kayaking 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 2018 – Tuesdays June 5 or 26 or Thurs. June 14 – 5:30-7:30pm

July 2018 – Tuesdays July 10 or 24 – 5:30-7:30pm

August 2018 – Tuesdays August 7 or 21 – 5:30-7:30pm

September 2018 – Tuesday September 4 – 5:30-7:30pm

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 2018 - Tuesday June 19 - 5:30-7:30pm
July 2018 - Tuesday July 17 - 5:30-7:30pm
August 2018 - Tuesday August 14 - 5:30-7:30pm
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.

May 2018 – Saturday May 26 – 11:00am-4:00pm

June 2018 – Saturday June 9 or Monday June 18 – 11:00am-4:00pm

July 2018 – Saturdays July 14 or Monday July 30 – 11:00am-4:00pm

August 2018 – Saturday August 11 or Monday August 20 – 11:00am-4:00pm
September 2018 - Saturday September 1 - 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 2018 – Tues. June 12 or Thurs. June 21 -  5:30-7:30pm or 
                      Sat. June 30 - 10am-Noon

July 2018 – Thurs. July 5 or July 19 - 5:30-7:30pm

August 2018 – Thurs. August 2 or August 23 - 5:30-7:30pm or

                         S at. August 18 - 10am-Noon

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 yogisleading 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 2018 – Sun. June 10 or June 24 - 9:30-11:30am or

                     Fri. June 22 - 10:30am-12:30pm

July 2018 – Sun. July 8 or July 22 - 9:30-11:30am or 

                    Fri. July 13 - 10:30am-12:30pm

August  2018  – Fri. August 3 - 10:30am-12:30pm or
                           Sun. August 12 or August 26 - 9:30-11:30am

September 2018 – Fri. September 7 - 10:30am-12:30pm.

Fee- $50/Person