This is a hands-on course designed to expose students to a cold-water environment under controlled circumstances. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to practice and perform a variety of skills and drills to experience the effects of cold water. Learn about cold-water shock and its’ dangers. Understand the loss of meaningful movement and how cold water diminishes the ability to swim and perform rescues. Learn how to dress for submersion, recognize hypothermia in yourself and others, and how to treat it. The course will alternate between time on/in the water and classroom time by heaters drinking hot cocoa or coffee in the concession building at Lake Ahquabi.


After signing up for the class you will receive a confirmation email with details about location, gear, expectations, etc.


Pre-requisite: Kayaking Fundamentals I, II, III



** Schedule will be announced January 2021**

Basic Cold Water Safety

  • 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.


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Thursday - 10am-8pm

We will be closed December 25-January 25

Store Stats​​

28 Years in Business

Original Owner!

*  Kayaks, Canoes, SUPS Sold = 5908

*  Hours of Instruction = 3600+

*  Days of Guided Trips = 325+