Paddling Instruction

By mail: send us a check with at least 50% of class, name and date of class you are signing up for. We will email/call you to confirm your registration when we receive your payment. By phone: we can do a deposit over the phone with your Visa or Master Card Stop By: You can always register by stopping by our store!

What if I don't have a paddle, boat, or lifejacket?

Where are lessons at?



What if the weather is bad?



Will I get wet?



I'm a beginner. Where do I start?



Help! I registered but I can't come!

Why do you need to know my height and weight?

We recommend you bring plenty of water, sun screen, a change of clothes (yes you will get you wet), sandles or shoes that can get wet, towel, hat, wind jacket in case of cooler weather and food/lunch if class goes all day.

* Gear Up For Class - 

Don't have something? All students receive 25% off (single item) clothing, books, and safety equipment when they sign up for any canoe, kayak, or SUP class! Call ahead to ensure we can bring it to class for you!

We can provide all the basic gear required for classes boat/board, paddle, and PFD. However for some classes there is gear that is required. You will need to either buy this gear or arrange rental. Please call us for details or check your pre-instruction email to see what is gear is required.

All lessons, unless noted, are held at Lake Ahquabi State Park which is about 5 miles south of Indianola. If you're coming from far away Lake Ahquabi offers campsites and amenities for those who want to stay overnight. Meet at the red arrow on this map. Click here for Lake Ahquabi ammenities and camping.

We hold lessons rain or shine. If weather looks iffy still plan on coming! The only time we'll postpone parts of our lesson is due to lightening. Still plan on showing up because once enough time has passed we will contine with class! If the weather is to cold/hot for your personal needs please call us to arrange a change in your class date.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel. We prefer if you let us know at least 7 days in advance.We often have a waiting list of people eager to come. If we know at least 7 days in advance we can apply 100% of your money toward a future lesson or if needed we can refund you the money. If you don't show up the day of the lesson and we have no prior arrangement we will not refund your money. We work hard to put together great lessons and most of our instructors volunteer their time so please be considerate.

We recommend starting at the beginning with either canoeing, stand up paddling, or kayaking. Depending on what type of boating you want to do we would recommend Canoe Fundamental I, Stand Up Paddling Fundamentals I, or Kayak Fundamental I. If you aren't sure what type of paddling you would like to do try out 'Quick Start to Kayaking' clinic which will introduce you to kayaking, or rent a canoe or SUP at Lake Ahquabi Boat Rental and Concession during the summer. 

Our favorite question! YES!! Paddle sports are water sports and we love to have fun! At least once during every class your head will hopefully end up under water! Our belief is that if everyones hair is dry at the end of class we haven't done our job. Getting wet is part of learning how to be a better paddler. Please bring an extra change of clothes or two! If you are nervous about getting wet please let us know and we can help you decide how to enjoy paddle sports.

How do I register?

What do I need to bring to class?

ACA Member Discount!

CanoeSport is an ACA Pro School so for all existing ACA members there is a 10% discount on all Canoe, SUP, or Kayak Fundamentals Classes. (Discount not applicable for Refresher, Intermediates, Assessments, Tours, or Instructor Courses specifically IDW and ICE)  Contact us for more information!

Can my kids come?

Definitely! Kids often pick up on skills very quickly! We don't put an age minimum on any classes but we do ask that any kid under 14 have an adult attend the same class. It's best to talk with your kids before hand about the class and expectations. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

I have a group, can we paddle?

Absolutely! Groups vary depending on what you want to learn. We can cater classes to fit your needs and wants. Please give us a call to tell us about your group and for pricing. 

We ask everyone their approximate height and weight so we can bring you gear that will fit you properly. SInce a lot of paddling is about balance your boat or board will be either very tippy or very sluggish if you don't fit correctly. For example, when buying shoes its good to know your size so you can find something that fits comfortably, same with boats/boards and gear!

Feel free to contact us with any questions! 

Private Instruction

We understand that sometimes people prefer a little one-on-one! Whether you need to work on a specific skill,  prefer a quieter learning environment, or can't fit into our scheduled classes we can help! Generally we prefer to set up private instruction on weekdays as our weekends are full with scheduled events. Please call to arrange a specific time and so we can learn more about what you need. 

* 1 person = $40/hour each paddler

* 2 people = $30/hour each paddler

* 3 people = $25/hour each paddler

* 4 people = $20/hour each paddler

* 5+ people = $15/hour each paddler

 
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© 2019 by CanoeSport America Inc. *Indianola, Iowa *  Toll-Free: 1-800-257-6080

Hours: Sunday-Monday - Closed

Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday - 10am-5pm

Thursday - 10am-8pm

Store Stats​​

27 Years in Business

Original Owner!

*  Kayaks, Canoes, SUPS Sold = 5552

*  Hours of Instruction = 3600+

*  Days of Guided Trips = 325+