Discover Kayak offers classes for the beginner to the advanced paddler taught by American Canoe Association instructors. With a large fleet of Recreational, Sit-on-Top and Touring kayaks we have the right boat, paddle and life jacket for you to maximize the fun and safety in your experience.
A class with Discover Kayak will help you paddle in safety and with the proper strokes, which will prevent injury and help you paddle further with less effort . The information presented and our diverse fleet of kayaks will allow you to choose the right kayak and gear the first time, saving you time and money. Our line up of classes can take your skills as far as you want to go at your pace.
Classes are held at Lake Grapevine in Meadowmere Park with clean restrooms and sand / gravel beaches. We maintain a one to five Instructor to student ratio as recommended by the American Canoe Association. Discover Kayak classes are taught exclusively by ACA certified instructors.
WEEK OF MARCH 10TH-16TH 2014
Lecture at Mariner Sail Friday-
Kayak Basics, 10-1pm Saturday March 15th- Meadowmere Park- cost: $67.50 (4 SEATS LEFT)
Saturday Afternoon Cruise- 2-5pm- Meadowmere Park Cost: $30 per person (6 SEATS LEFT)
Saturday Evening Sunset Dinner Cruise- Scotts landing Marina- Cost $60 (7 SEATS LEFT)
SEE DETAILS BELOW FOR ALL EVENTS
Trinity River Kayak Co. - a great river paddling destination w/shuttle service
Family, Corporate Events and Group Tours
Half day trips for any group size group!
Discover Kayak offers family, group and corporate trips on the DFW area lakes or the Trinity River. No experience is necessary, we will guide you through the basics. We provide high quaility, stable touring kayaks as pictured above. The equipment makes the difference in your paddling experience with boats suited to kids and all adults.
Cost: Weekends-$30 per person Weekdays-$20 per person
email or call to reserve your date
NEW FOR 2014
Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Grapevine
Join us every Saturday evening as we depart from Scott's landing and glide down the lake to our private island. We'll enjoy the sunset as we paddle back to the Marina where will join the party with live music and dinner at Big Daddy's on the water. You can stay as long as you want before wrapping up the evening.
Dinner selectiond include: Custom Burgers, Fish Tacos, Blackened Talapia, Lemon Pepper Salmon and more.
This is all inclusive with: High quality kayak, paddle, life jacket, dinner and experienced, certified guide.
Group departs at 6pm, returns for dinner approx. 7:30pm. Dinner from 7:30 to ? Resevation suggested two weeks prior to date requested.
Dates: March 15th, 22nd, 29th April 5th, 19th, 26th May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and thru the entire summer
Friday Night Fireworks Show
Every Friday from Memorial Day thru Labor Day the city of Grapevine puts on a spectacular fireworks show and Discover Kayak has front row seats!
We depart from Rockledge Park at 7pm for a sunset paddle and return at 9pm to our reserved table and a layout of food to watch the fireworks. What a great family or date night!
All gear provided, we provide soft drinks, water, gatorade, fruit and snacks.
We suggest you make you reservation 2 weeks ahead as these tours filled quickly last year.
cost: $30 per person, $5 park entry per car.
If you are serious about becoming a skilled, independent kayaker and group leader, you might consider Kayak College.
This is a self paced package of lessons, practice sessions and trips. In one season you can go from a non-kayaker to a pro!
When you are proficient at all skills included in Kayak College you will qualify as a Level 3-4 Personal Skills Award from the American Canoe Association. For a additional $150 you can mentor as a instructor and receive a Level 1 Instructor certification from the ACA.
Kayak College includes the Basic Kayak ($75), Intermediate ($125), Advanced ($150), the Kayak Roll ($100)
Ten Wednesday Practice Sessions will give you the practice and coaching needed in between lessons to gain proficiency in newly learned skills before moving on to the next level. (a $200 value)
Total Value - $650 Package price- $500
Become a Certified Instructor
Discover Kayak can certify you as a ACA Instructor. This three day course will train you on teaching styles, picking venues, safety and proper paddling tecnique. Contact us for more details. Cost: $250
ACA membership also required to be certified ($65)
You can also mentor at your pace over a few weeks to months , achieving the same certification as above.
Cost : $250
No experience necessary
This fun three hour class covers 6 basic strokes, safety, how to get back in your kayak with a partner if you fall out, and general kayaking knowledge. You'll also see the difference between boats, paddles and how to transport and carry boats. In a few of hours you'll will have more confidence and skill then you ever imagined you would in a kayak.
Boat and Gear included. Location: Lake Grapevine
Saturday 10am-1pm OR 2pm-5pm
Feb. 22nd- March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th- May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th- July 5th, 12th,19th and 26th
and every Saturday thru 2014
cost: $75 -10% off ($67.50) with on line sign
Take your skills to the next level
In this six hour class we will build on the skills from Kayak Basics. We will add seven more strokes including; stern rudder, side slip, draw on the move, hanging draw, bow rudder, reverse paddling and low brace turn.
We will also cover bracing ( the use of your paddle and body to stay upright ), self rescue and team rescues.
Bring lunch and plenty of water/hydration drinks for this course.
Cost : $125 including all gear ( $112.50 with on line sign up )
Dates: This class is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 10am-4:30pm
After completing Kayak Basics and Intermediate Kayaking there is still more to learn!
In Advanced Kayaking we will add a technique called edging and leaning to all of our strokes. By doing this we will improve your efficiency and control in all conditions. You will find that you can turn the longer, fast boats with ease.
On shore the class will examine what goes into a prepared kayakers gear choices, use of map and compass and emergency strategies.
Lastly we will practice "speed rescues" , towing and group leadership.
This is a 8 hour course. Bring lunch and snacks.
Cost: $150 ($135 with on line sign up, click here)
Dates: This class will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month from 9am-6pm
KAYAK ROLL, GUARANTEED
(see video clip above)
The kayak roll is not a advanced skill, it is a skill that can be added at any stage in a paddler's progression of learning. With our three step process on the surface you will build the muscle memory necessary to roll before you try underwater, eliminating a lot of the dunking. With a roll, you will find you will advance you're skills quickly because you won't worry about capsizing, it's also a great way to cool down in Texas. Discover Kayak has a 90% success rate in the first two hour session, 100% in the follow-up when necessary. You may return for follow ups as much as needed, no extra charge !
Maximum 2 students per session. Next session on Friday, Feb. 14- 6:30-8:30pm in a indoor pool in Grand Prairie
We Guarantee you will roll! Cost: $100
10% discount for on line sign up $90, (Click here)
Discover Kayak offers private lessons with Texas only American Canoe Association Level 4 Coastal Instructor. With a private lesson you can advance your skills in a one on one setting.
Available Monday-Friday 8am-7pm for whatever period of time you with. Cost $35 per hour, Min. 2 hours
Rough Water Training- Galveston
San Luis Pass on Galveston Island in the best training ground in the state for open water skills with it's currents, tides, sand bars and surf.
We will apply all the flat water skills you have developed to the dynamic ocean environment in and around San Luis Pass. A very personal learning experience is achieved by having a least 2 instructors with a max of 5 students insuring safety and knowledge.
Class length is two days, Saturday and a Sunday, 8-5pm
Day One: Surf Zone Skills, Bracing and open water rescue.
Day Two: Open Water skills in San Luis Pass.
Cost: $250 for two days instruction.
Accommodations are up to students. Hotels available for about $70 per night and Beach Camping is free!
Dates: May 10th, 11th-July 19th, 20th-Sept. 13th,14th
San Marcos White Water Trip
Instead of the paddling the surf on the Gulf your interested in Whitewater. Discover Kayak has you covered.
The San Marcus River is 72 degrees and a steady flow year round making it a perfect training ground for the first time whitewater paddler. We will spend two days on the river.
The first day will be in the city water park that features three man made "drops" where you can learn the basics of Whitewater in a controlled setting. Day two we will take a run down the river using the skills from day one. In addition we will learn to read the river, scout rapids and choose portage.
Classes are held on a Monday and Tues to avoid the weekend crowds
Cost: $250, class only. Students responsible for lodging
Dates: April 21st, 22nd August 11th, 12th