If you’ve always wanted to paddle but didn’t know how, check out these new classes

Congress Avenue Kayaks is adding new classes to its lineup. Photo courtesy Congress Avenue Kayaks


If you’ve ever stood on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake and watched, a little enviously, as kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders skimmed beneath you, take note.

Congress Avenue Kayaks is expanding its class schedule.

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The company, which offers an array of guided tours and classes, is adding a series of beginner sessions designed to teach the fundamentals of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. The 75-minute coached classes will take place at noon on Sundays, starting Jan. 7. Class size is limited to six.

Participants will learn water safety and paddling techniques and get time on the water with an instrtuctor. The classes are recommended for beginner level with no paddling experience.

  • SUP Skills: Learn to Standup Paddleboard classes are scheduled for noon Jan. 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, March 4 and 18. Cost is $45 per person; ages 16 and up.
  • Kayak 101: Learn to Kayak classes are scheduled for noon Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25. Cost is $45 per person; ages 13 and up.
  • Private Paddling Lessons are available between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily with 72-hour advance reservations. Cost is $50 per person; all ages.

Congress Avenue Kayaks is located at the Waller Creek Boathouse on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The shop is open daily year round with hourly rentals, guided tours, classes and private lessons. Advance reservations for classes through March are available at congresskayaks.com. Walk ups will be permitted on the day of the class on a space available basis.

The shop will still offer 90-minute guided downtown Austin tours at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays starting Jan. 5. Guided sunset bat tours will return in the late spring.

For more information go here or call (512) 809-8916.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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