This is the best course to take if you want to develop a solid foundation for all your future kayaking ventures. Our certified instructors focus on introducing students to basic paddling concepts and safe paddling practices. We teach students how to perform a proper wet exit to avoid injury and prepare themselves for developing next step skills. Time is spent teaching everyone how to land and launch a kayak to avoid wet starts and finishes. In addition we introduce fundamental strokes to improve paddling efficiency and directional control with an emphasis on proper technique and body position.


All CanoeSport kayak buyers receive this class for free! If you are interested in signing up for your free class please contact the store and we can take your reservation over the phone. Store: (515) 961-6117


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



- Sunday May 9 @ Lake Ahquabi State Park

- Sunday June 6 @ Lake Ahquabi State Park

- Saturday June 19 @ Lake Ahquabi State Park

- Sunday July 11 @ Raccoon River Park 

- Sunday August 1 @ Raccoon River Park

- Saturday September 4 @ Raccoon River Park


Kayaking Fundamentals I

  • 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 offer a selection of dry suits from Kokatat and wet suits from NRS. If your class is early in the spring or late in the fall considering staying a little warmer by renting a suit. Please call for details or learn more here