Kayak and Standup Paddleboard - SUP School
Kayak Tahoe is committed to introducing beginners to the sport of kayaking or to improving your current paddling skills. We offer a variety of courses for the novice, intermediate, and advanced paddler. We have A.C.A-trained instructors on staff who will provide you with the skills and techniques necessary to safely enjoy your time on the water. Reservations are necessary for all Kayak School classes, and there is typically a four-person minimum to book a class. Call (530) 544-2011 for more information and reservations.
Please note that all of our sit-on-top kayak and paddleboard rentals include basic instruction to get you started--you don't need to take a class to rent a sit-on-top kayak or paddleboard from us!
Introduction to Standup Paddling (SUP)
Spend an hour with a instructor to quickly learn the techniques of standup paddling on the clear waters of Lake Tahoe.
Duration: 1 hour
Introduction to Kayaking
If you would like to try paddling a performance touring sea kayak but are not interested in getting wet (as required in the Beginning Kayak Touring lesson) this class is for you. This is also ideal for the sit-on-top or "recreational" kayak enthusiast who would like a bit more instruction than is given in our basic beach rental briefing. We'll cover paddling equipment and nomenclature, the basic paddle strokes and techniques, water safety, and related topics.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Beginning Kayak Touring
This lesson will cover the skills and techniques necessary for you to rent our traditional touring sea kayaks. While on the beach, we'll discuss the nomenclature, fit, and function of your kayak and equipment, then we'll paddle out and learn the basic strokes and braces. After a break, it's time to get wet! Everyone will have a chance to practice a wet exit and the T-Rescue, both as rescuer and rescuee. Yes, the lake is pretty chilly, but we provide wetsuits for this absolutely necessary skill session. The cost includes all equipment, instruction, and half-price rentals on your next visit to Kayak Tahoe.
Duration: 4 hours
We'll assess your skills and help you to move up to the next level of performance paddling. This lesson will focus on self-rescues and more advanced strokes and bracing, giving you a solid foundation to move on to the Eskimo Roll Class.
Duration: 2 hours
Eskimo Roll Class
If you are serious about paddling in rough water or embarking on multi-day expeditions in challenging conditions, you need to know how to roll. Your level of expertise and self-rescue capability will jump exponentially when you can pop yourself back upright in all conditions. Plus, it's a great way to cool off on a hot day on the lake . . .
Duration: 1 hour