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Intro to Flat Water Kayaking Classes


This is a Cornelius Parks & Recreation class hosted by Lake Norman Community Sailing.

This class is designed for paddlers who have little to no experience kayaking on calm water. We will spend 20-30 minutes in the classroom with the rest of the time on the water. All sessions will be lead with experienced and qualified instructors.

Lessons Include:

  • Safety & legal requirements while kayaking
  • Float plan
  • Avoiding potential hazards
  • Life Jackets (PFDs - personal floatation devices)
  • Kayak designs
  • How to use a kayak paddle
  • Recovery techniques if capsized
  • On the water kayaking experience

2024 Class Schedule (Saturdays):
  • June 8
  • June 15
  • July 13
  • August 3
  • August 10
Time:  9:00-10:30am. Arrive by 8:45am as classes get started on time.

Registration:  Please click here to register.  Cornelius Parks and Recreation handles all registrations, payments and questions.

All classes take place at Lake Norman Community Sailing located within Blythe Landing Park. The park is on the right if heading west on Hwy 73. Drive all the way back into the park and LNCS is located in a log cabin on the left hand side.  Students will meet inside.

Cost:  Per lesson, the Cornelius Resident Fee is $30 and Non-Resident Fee is $36

Ages: 12+; Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Must know how to swim. Must complete a waiver.

Max Class Size:
  8 students

Clothing:  Wear what is comfortable for your regular workout (tights, shorts, etc.) taking the weather into consideration. Keep in mind you may get wet so wear something that dries quickly. Bring a change of clothes just in case.

  LNCS will provide all necessary equipment, including life vest. 

You will need to bring:

  • Completed Waiver
  • Comfortable workout clothes that dry quickly (dress for the weather; synthetic instead of cotton)
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat / Sunglasses with a strap to secure hat/glasses
  • Water Shoes; shoes that strap on your feet and can get wet
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes

Click here to register.



Lake Norman Community Sailing
PO Box 1618 
Cornelius, North Carolina 28031

Phone: 704-947-7245
Email: [email protected]

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