Kayak Basics How to start kayaking

July 22 | KB - In-Store

July 22 | KB - In-Store

Thursday July 22nd,  6:00 – 8:00 PM (Arizona Time MST)

IN-STORE CLASS     2 Hours     9 Student Max

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Start Kayaking with Confidence


Class limited to 9 spots. If you see "The requested qty is not available" error when purchasing, please reduce you requested quantity or choose another class date.

Availability: Out of stock

Complete Overview of Kayaking From Drip Rings to Destinations

Learn the techniques and paddling basics that make kayaking easy. From where to go to what a drip-ring is, this class covers the essential knowledge and simple techniques for recreational kakaying. Whether you're fishing, kayakpacking or adventuring, you'll get in the water with the know-how you need for safe fun paddling.

Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and is not difficult but there a few things to know to make the most of it. Where to go, paddling techniques and self rescue on the water are just a few of the things covered in this comprehensive class. For a weekend rental or if you're just beginning as a paddle enthusiast, this class gets you on the water with confidence.


  • Float Plans
  • Required Safety Protocols
  • PFDs
  • Kayak & paddle types
  • Anatomy of a kayak
  • Paddling technique
  • Water Safety & basic self rescue
  • Keeping gear dry
  • Tips & tricks
  • Transport & storage
  • Where to go in Arizona



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CLASS SIZE is kept small (10 attendees) to facilitate questions and individual attention.

CLASS INCLUDES: 10% discount for all AHS purchases when you create a Shack account as part of the Arizona Hiking Shack family.


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  • CONFIRMATION EMAIL within 48 hrs of booking class will contain information you need. Some classes require a list of items you will want to have ready at class time to participate in exercises. We’ve kept these simple. You probably have everything needed in your house. If not, these are easily attainable at a market or drug store.


  • ALL AHS CLASSES HAVE A 4-PERSON MINIMUM. If minimum is not met class can be cancelled.


  • CLASS CUT-OFF for registration sign up is 3 Days (72 hours) prior to class.


  • IF WE CANCEL class for minimum attendance requirement not being met, payment is refunded or applied to another class or event, your choice. Cancelations take place 72 hours prior to class if needed via email. (We’ve only canceled twice in the last 8 years.)


  • IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL PRIOR to 72 hours before class you will receive a full refund. Any cancellations by attendees LESS than 72 hours prior to class cannot be refunded but can be applied to another class. (Instructors are available via email and always strive for your satisfaction.)




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Jonathan Mincks – Wilderness Skills & Safety Instructor

Mincks is a boondocks scholar who has been exploring the backcountry since in diapers. His life-long study and engagement in wilderness skills and emergency response has earned him multiple credentials in; Advanced Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Natural Medicine, Wilderness Survival, Desert Survival, Paddling Specialist and Outfitting.

His approach to teaching is renowned for being practical, thorough, inspiring and current.  His attention to detail and current "hacks" has garnered him acclaim from new enthusiasts and seasoned professionals alike.


"What you teach is PSAR, Preventative Search and Rescue"

Members of the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) Search and Rescue team after watching Mincks in action.



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