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PE 1674: Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Kayaking on a lake

Learn the basics to get you started with sea kayaking out on the lake. This course 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 some skills in the comfort of the the pool before heading out to local paddling destinations around the Ithaca are. the class cumulate in a larger day trip where you will get some experience in route planning and paddling with loaded boats! 

Course FeeStudents: $445
Community: $475
CU Faculty/Staff: $460
Fee Notes

All paddling equipment is included .

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 

AttendanceParticipation in all class sessions is required in order to receive PE credit.
PrerequisitesRecreational swimmer
Drop Deadline1/22/24
EnrollmentEnroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or
Tuesday4/23/247:00pm to 10:00pm (pool) 
Thursday 4/25/244:45pm to 7:45pm (Outfitting PI) 
Tuesday4/30/244:45pm to 7:45pm 
Thursday 5/2/244:45pm to 7:45pm 
Saturday 5/4/247:00am to 6:00pm (day trip)


How to dress and what to bring to be prepared for class:

  • Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, you will get wet at least to your knees launching and landing boats (water shoes, old sneakers, or rubber boots work great. flip flips or shores without a secure fit and heal strap do not work well). For safety reasons you can not be barefoot at these times.
  • Dress for the weather. Class will be held outside even if it is raining. Rain jackets and layers to keep you warm are recommended. If water and air temperatures are low, your instructors will talk to you about wearing a wetsuit (no extra fee). 
  • I always have an extra pair of cloths and a towel in my bag (can be left in the van) incase I fall in get rained on or get cold. 
  • Sun glasses, brimmed hat, sunscreen. The sun’s reflection off the water can be intense.
  • Water bottle & snack