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PE 1680: Pool Paddling

Pool Paddling class

Learn the fundamentals of kayaking in the controlled environment of the pool. This course 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 and focused exercises will provide a fun and interactive group learning experience.


Course Fee

Students: $295*
Community: $325
CU Faculty/Staff: $310

*Fee waived if students still need PE credit to graduate. Students will first be billed the course fee, after passing and completing the course they will then be reimbursed the course fee. You must fulfill those requirements in order to receive the reimbursement.

Fee Notes

All paddling equipment included in course fee

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


First class is mandatory.
Students may miss one class and still receive PE credit.
NOTE: this class time may conflict with prelims. Please check your exam schedule before enrolling.


Recreational swimmer

Drop Deadline



Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or






Tuesday 2/13/24 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday 2/20/24 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday 3/5/24 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday 3/12/24 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday 3/19/24 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday 3/26/24 7:00pm to 10:00pm

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

  • Dress to be in the pool every class

    • An swim suite that stays in place and is comfortable with lots of movement is essential.
    • Shorts that tie at the waist are great for everyone and give you a layer between you and the kayak seat/outfitting (board short or running sorts work great). 
    • Consider a swim or sun shirt (or any synthetic light weight shirt). Its often more comfortable to have a layer between you and the lifejacket when paddling. 
  • If you wear glasses or contacts think about what works best for you in the water
  • A towel to dry off with and extra cloths to put on after class are nice so you don't have to leave class dripping and cold are great! You do have access to the locker rooms and showers at the pool
  • A water bottle is nice since you will be active during the class 
  • Optional - some people like having swim goggles in the class