Your Northern Illinois Paddlesports Lesson Headquarters

  • Are you brand new to paddling and want to get the basics down before you head out on your own?
  • Do you want to enhance your kayaking skills?

Rocktown Adventures wants to help you enjoy your time on the water, no matter your current paddling experience. Learn how to safely and efficiently operate a Kayak, Canoe, or SUP, while you make new friends!

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Lessons & Pricing:

All lessons include: Boat, Paddle, PFD, and a “tour element” (time to paddle for fun and practice what you learned)

 LevelPricew/ own Eqip.
Intro to Kayaking (Pool)Beginner$50$30
Intro to Kayaking (Outdoor)Beginner$60$35
Kayak Balance/ Stroke Develop.Intermediate$75$50
Kayak Safety & Rescue (Pool)Beginner/ Intermediate$60$40
Kayak Safety & Rescue (Outdoor)Beginner/ Intermediate$75$50
Fishing Kayak Paddling & SafetyBeginner/ Intermediate$40$20
Intro to Stand Up PaddleboardingBeginner$40 
Stand Up Paddleboarding YOGABeginner$40 

We also offer private lessons! Contact Us


Lesson Descriptions:

Intro to Kayaking

Beginner Level – 2.5 Hours

This lesson is designed as a brief introduction to paddling a kayak. If you’ve never been kayaking before, or have rented a kayak and want to learn more, this class is the perfect opportunity to gain knowledge and practical skill for your next adventure!

You will learn:

  • How to dress to paddle safely
  • Potential paddling hazards
  • Simple rescue techniques
  • How to enter and exit a kayak efficiently
  • Basic paddling strokes and maneuvers

Participants must be able to:

  • Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
  • Independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants
  • Manage all mobility and personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion

Kayak Balance/ Bracing/ Stroke Refinement

Intermediate Level – 3.5 hours

Prerequisites: Introduction to Kayaking or equivalent course

This lesson is designed for paddlers of all skill levels! We will be going over bracing (avoiding capsize), proper body position, blade angels and various ways to efficiently maneuver a kayak …all with the goal of using minimal effort! This lesson is perfect for both beginner and intermediate paddlers from all kayak disciplines.
After going through the content the instructor will film you and go over the footage with you in person! Dial in your technique to get one step closer to achieving the goal of effective boat control. This lesson will emphasize effective technique, safe boat control and to promote building of proper body position through muscle memory.

Participants must be able to:

  • Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
  • Independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants
  • Manage all mobility and personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion

Kayak Safety & Rescue

Beginner/ Intermediate Level

If you are out for a paddle on a lake or slow moving river and you see a shinny thing passing under the kayak as you lean over to look …WHOOPS! Now what? The Kayak Safety and Rescue lesson introduces essential flat-water safety practices and rescue techniques that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an incident. Learn and practice both solo and team rescue procedures for ALL types of kayaks!

You will learn:

  • Prevention is the key to a safe trip
  • How to avoid potential dangers
  • Key self-rescue skills
  • Fast, simple, low-risk rescue techniques
  • Skills to manage minor in-water incidents

 

Participants must be able to:

  • Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
  • Independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants
  • Manage all mobility and personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion

Personal Equipment Required:  An appropriately fitted paddling PFD, protective clothing suitable for extended swims, appropriate footwear, boat, paddle, and whistle. Recreational, whitewater, coastal or fishing kayaks may be used, at the instructor’s discretion.

Fishing Kayak Paddling & Safety 

Beginner/ Intermediate Level – 3 Hours

Course Prerequisites: None, but Intro to Kayaking advised

Have you found yourself fishing from the banks of a river or shores of a lake, wishing you could access that honey hole? If so, then a fishing kayak may just be the answer for you! Don’t worry if you are new to paddling as this class will teach you how to effectively paddle a fishing kayak. There is more to paddling a kayak then simply putting a paddle blade in the water and pulling it back. Learn how to paddle and control a fishing kayak to help you with the one thing we all want …to catch more fish!

You will learn:

  • Basics of efficient paddling and draws
  • How to anchor your kayak in rivers
  • How to self rescue
  • Rivers vs. lakes and how to negotiate
  • Tips for maneuvering your kayak while in the heat of battle

Participants must be able to:

  • Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
  • Independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants
  • Manage all mobility and personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

Beginner Level

As the fastest growing paddle sport in the world, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is a great full body workout and a great way to experience time on the water. People of all ages and skill levels can quickly be on their feet and paddling in no time!

You will learn:

  • Basics of SUP equipment
  • How to transport an SUP
  • How to properly stand up on your board
  • Paddle strokes
  • How to get back on when you fall (or jump) off the board

Participants must be able to:

  • Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
  • Independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants
  • Manage all mobility and personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yoga

Beginner Level – 2 Hours

Course Prerequisites: None but prior SUP experience recommended

This class will start with an overview of SUP and Yoga Flow on land. Then we will head out on the water for a yoga sequence that will incorporate multiple poses such as hero, child, downward dog, and warrior to name a few. The last 20-30 minutes is for you to explore SUP

Dress to get wet and avoid wearing cotton if you can as it retains water when wet.  A rash guard/poly blend material shirt is recommended. Other items you will want to have: water, sunblock, and a towel.

While there is no pre-requisite for this class, pleased be advised you should have been on a board before coming to class. (Great reason to rent a paddleboard)

Participants must be able to:

  • Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
  • Independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants
  • Manage all mobility and personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion