Cornell Tree Climbing Institute

Paddling Courses

There's a boat for every personality. With a fleet of high performance whitewater canoes, sea kayaks, flatwater canoes, and whitewater kayaks, there is an endless variety of ways to explore our waterways. Go ahead and choose the craft that fits your vision of fun: whitewater or flat water, built for stability, or built for maneuverability, for going long distances or for playing in one set of exciting rapids...each boat has its own unique personality and appeal. All of the courses will cover paddling techniques, safety, reading water, trip planning, and gear considerations in an interactive and fun way.

AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2014 :

Intro to Sea Kayaking
Start Date - Mon Jun 23
Learn the basics to get you started with sea kayaking out on the lake. This class will cover information about equipment, loading, launching & landing your kayak, exiting and re-entering your kayak in open water, and basic paddling stroke technique. Class meets at Bartels Hall for equipment fitting and travels to the nearby Finger Lakes for paddling trips. No previous paddling experience necessary.

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AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2014 :

1,000 Islands Sea Kayaking - Fall Break
Start Date - Tue Sep 23
Journey to a place of unique beauty just three hours north of Ithaca. A different country (Canada) and a different world, one that is perfect to explore from the cockpit of a sea kayak. Rich wildlife, granite cliffs and hundreds of rocky and forested islands, all after the hordes of summer tourists have departed. We start with basics in the Helen Newman Pool before moving on a lake and finally the St. Lawrence Seaway. Learn paddling, navigation, safety, natural history, and camping skills.

Adirondack Canoe Camping Section 1
Start Date - Sat Sep 27
Experience the Adirondacks at their finest during Fall Break. Encounter first hand what makes this place so spectacular: magnificent mountain landscapes scattered with changing fall colors, numerous lakes and waterways to paddle, starry skies to camp out under and the call of loons as they echo across the lakes. Your instructors will teach you the skills you will need to have an enjoyable canoe camping experience including paddling technique, portaging (carrying boats & gear between lakes), navigation, backcountry cooking, and various other canoe camping skills.

Adirondack Canoe Camping Section 2
Start Date - Sun Sep 28
Experience the Adirondacks at their finest during Fall Break. Encounter first hand what makes this place so spectacular: magnificent mountain landscapes scattered with changing fall colors, numerous lakes and waterways to paddle, starry skies to camp out under and the call of loons as they echo across the lakes. Your instructors will teach you the skills you will need to have an enjoyable canoe camping experience including paddling technique, portaging (carrying boats & gear between lakes), navigation, backcountry cooking, and various other canoe camping skills.

Intro to Sea Kayaking
Start Date - Tue Sep 9
Learn the basics to get you started with sea kayaking out on the lake. This class covers information about equipment, loading, launching & landing your kayak, exiting and re-entering your kayak in open water, and basic paddling stroke technique. Practice skills in the pool, spend a day paddling out on the lake and experience a weekend camping trip.

Kayak Rolling
Start Date - Thu Nov 6
Kayaking can be alot more fun when you can easily turn your boat upright. Gaining confidence in your roll will make you a better paddler and give you an edge when taking your skills outdoors. Take advantage of this indoor-pool setting to learn, and/or fine-tune, kayak rolling techniques. Whether you are more interested in whitewater kayaking or sea kayaking; if you are a brand new paddler or you are just looking to take your skills to the next level, our instructors will work with you to ultimately make you a more skilled and confident boater. This three-evening class is designed to help progress your skills by working on bracing, edge control, different types of rolling, and more advanced skills . Not for PE credit.

Outdoor Adventure
Start Date - Fri Sep 5
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Classes will spend a day canoeing, a day rockclimbing, a day hiking trip, and then tops it all off overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Pool Paddling
Start Date - Tue Oct 7
Learn the fundamentals of kayaking in the controlled environment of the pool. This class will give you a solid progression of skills that will be easily transferable to an open water or river experience. Learn and practice a wide range of skills in whitewater kayaks including fundamental paddling strokes, bracing, rolling and boat handling skills like edging and carving. Paddling games, a slalom gate course, and focused exercises will provide a fun and interactive group learning experience.

Recreational Canoeing - Section 1
Start Date - Mon Sep 8
This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of canoeing in a relaxed environment. Enjoy being outside for class as you explore Beebe Lake and other Finger Lakes area waterways. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience nature all while you keep active.

Recreational Canoeing - Section 2
Start Date - Tue Sep 9
This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of canoeing in a relaxed environment. Enjoy being outside for class as you explore Beebe Lake and other Finger Lakes area waterways. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience nature all while you keep active.

Whitewater Kayaking - Section 1
Start Date - Thu Sep 4
This is an introduction to whitewater kayaking including classes to get you comfortable in a kayak on flatwater and progressing to class II / III whitewater. Learn basic boat handling skills such as edging, bracing, rolling, and paddling strokes. Kayaking on the river will give you the opportunity to learn how to read the water and practice maneuvering across current with ferries, eddy turns, and peel outs. River destinations will be dependent on water levels. This class culminates in a weekend camping trip with two days of paddling.

Whitewater Kayaking - Section 2
Start Date - Tue Sep 16
This is an introduction to whitewater kayaking including classes to get you comfortable in a kayak in the pool and progressing to class II / III whitewater. Learn basic boat handling skills such as edging, bracing, rolling, and paddle strokes. Kayaking on the river will give you the opportunity to learn how to read the water and practice maneuvering across current with ferries, eddy turns, and peel outs. River destinations will be dependent on river levels. This class culminates in a weekend camping trip with two days of paddling.

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AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2014 :

Introduction to Sea Kayaking
Start Date - Tue Apr 15
Learn the basics to get you started with sea kayaking out on the lake. This class will cover information about equipment, loading, launching & landing your kayak, exiting and re-entering your kayak in open water, and basic paddling stroke technique. Class meets at the Helen Newman Pool for the evening classes and will paddle on local lakes for the day trips. No previous paddling experience necessary.

Kayak Rolling Clinic
Start Date - Tue Feb 25
Kayaking can be alot more fun when you can easily turn your boat upright. Gaining confidence in your roll will make you a better paddler and give you an edge when taking your skills outdoors. Take advantage of this indoor-pool setting to learn, and/or fine-tune, kayak rolling techniques. Whether you are more interested in whitewater kayaking or sea kayaking; if you are a brand new paddler or you are just looking to take your skills to the next level, our instructors will work with you to ultimately make you a more skilled and confident boater. This three-evening class is designed to help progress your skills by working on bracing, edge control, different types of rolling, and more advanced skills . Not for PE credit.

Outdoor Adventure
Start Date - Fri Apr 11
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Classes will spend a day canoeing, a day rockclimbing, a day hiking trip, and then tops it all off overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Pool Paddling
Start Date - Thu Feb 6
Learn the fundamentals of kayaking in the controlled environment of the pool. This class will give you a solid progression of skills that will be easily transferable to an open water or river experience. Learn and practice a wide range of skills in whitewater kayaks including fundamental paddling strokes, bracing, rolling and boat handling skills like edging and carving. Paddling games, a slalom gate course, and focused exercises will provide a fun and interactive group learning experience.

Recreational Canoeing - Section 1
Start Date - Mon Apr 21
This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of canoeing in a relaxed environment. Enjoy being outside for class as you explore Beebe Lake and other Finger Lakes area waterways. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience nature all while you keep active.

Recreational Canoeing - Section 2
Start Date - Tue Apr 22
This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of canoeing in a relaxed environment. Enjoy being outside for class as you explore Beebe Lake and other Finger Lakes area waterways. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience nature all while you keep active.

River Canoeing
Start Date - Wed Apr 16
Learn the skills to manuever a tandem canoe on moving water. Experience nature in a new way this spring as you paddle with new friends and camp out in beautiful places. Students are required to have some basic canoeing skills to register for this class. If you are brand new to canoeing please check out our Recreational Canoeing classes first.

Whitewater Kayaking - Beginner
Start Date - Tue Apr 22
This is an introduction to whitewater kayaking including classes to get you comfortable in a kayak in the pool and progressing to class II / III whitewater. Learn basic boat handling skills such as edging, bracing, rolling, and paddle strokes. Kayaking on the river will give you the opportunity to learn how to read the water and practice maneuvering across current with ferries, eddy turns, and peel outs. River destinations will be dependent on river levels. This class culminates in a weekend camping trip with two days of paddling.

Whitewater Kayaking - Intermediate
Start Date - Thu Apr 10
Caught the kayaking bug and ready to take your skills to the next level? This course is designed for paddlers with some whitewater experience who are motivated to work on perfecting basic skills as well as developing more advanced techniques. We will begin in the pool reviewing the fundamentals of strokes, boat control, and rolling. The weekend trip will get you out on class II/III whitewater with a focus on running rivers smoothly using efficient stroke combinations for effective eddy turns, peel-outs and ferries. Other topics covered in this course may include surfing waves and holes, developing a hands-roll, basic play-boating, and rescue skills. Expect to work hard, to be challenged by new skills on new rivers, and to have more fun on the water than ever before!

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