Intro to Kayaking

  • May 20 - August 5, 2023
  • Various

    McAdenville, North Carolina 28101
Ticket Price $0.00-$30.00 This event is now over

Interested in getting into kayaking but not sure where to start? We've got you covered. Learn the basics of kayaking on a slowly flowing river. This class is hosted in McAdenville or Cramerton in North Carolina along the South Fork River and will cover all the basics for you to feel more confident on the water. 


This 2-hour class will include the basics of kayaking and water safety along with a guided paddle around the area on the South Fork River hosted by a Catawba Riverkeeper Kayak Instructor. We'll meet at one of the Riverkeeper's locations - Confluence in Cramerton or The Boathouse in McAdenville. While on land,  we'll go over anatomy of a kayak, proper life vest fitting and paddle management. You’ll be assisted into the water where we’ll continue instruction of kayaking techniques, water safety and self-rescue in a comfortable setting and at a relaxed pace. You’ll try out your new skills paddling around the area with the kayak guide for the remainder of the class. This kayaking lesson is a great paddling experience for first time paddlers or families with children at least 8 years of age. 


Saturday, May 20: 10am-12pm - Confluence, Cramerton

Saturday, June 10: 10am-12pm - The Boathouse, McAdenville 

Saturday, July 8: 10am-12pm - The Boathouse, McAdenville

Saturday, August 5: 10am - 12pm - Confluence, Cramerton  



$30 per guest

$25 per guest for residents of Belmont, Lowell, McAdenville or Cramerton  

$35 walk up (no discounts given)

10% discount for Catawba Riverkeeper members


Cost Includes: 

2-hour lesson and guided paddle trip 

Single sit-on-top kayak


Life vest

Kayak instructor 



Must be 18 years of age to purchase tickets. 

Must be 8 years of age to participate with an adult in another kayak. 


Weather Policy: 

Our policy is to host this program rain or shine EXCEPT in the case of severe rain, thunderstorms or lightning in the area as well as dangerous water level. If we have to cancel, we will provide a refund to all ticketed guests. We will do our best to notify guests of cancellations at least 2 hours in advance via email and phone call.


Refund Policy: 

You may cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before your scheduled date. If we must cancel due to weather or water level, your ticket will be fully refunded once notice is sent. You will see the refund 3-10 business days after the refund is submitted.


Supported By 

Date & Time

May 20 - Aug 5, 2023

Venue Details


McAdenville, North Carolina 28101 Various
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

Thank you for your interest and support of the Catawba Riverkeeper, a 501c3 organization. 

The Catawba-Wateree River Basin encompasses 26 counties, 8900 miles of waterways, 5000 square miles of land and a 225 mile stretch of continuous river from Lake James in NC to Lake Marion in SC.

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