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Kayaking Classes - Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO

This program is one of a limited number of classes available for our customers at the beautiful Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Mo. All paddling is done at the Pinetum Lake near the park entrance. Spots are limited. Please reserve your spot early to take advantage of this opportunity.

Learn to Kayak with Alpine Shop!Beginner Kayak Class:

This two-hour class focusing on the absolute basics of paddling a kayak. Alpine Shop instructors will start the class with a discussion outlining basic safety rules and paddling terminology.

On-water instruction will include Four Basic Strokes and Five Basic Maneuvers to teach new paddlers how to control their boat.

Finally, the class will conclude with a review of paddling safety and opportunities for further instruction.

Intermediate Kayak Class: 

This three-hour class includes all topics covered in our Beginner class (above), as well as additional instruction over wet exits, self rescues, and assisted rescues. Prepare to get wet!

We still cover the Four Basic Strokes and Five Basic Maneuvers, PLUS we go into additional paddling techniques such as edging and low bracing to aid in kayak control. Finally, the class will conclude with a review of paddling safety and opportunities for further instruction.

*A successfully completed kayaking class, Beginner or Intermediate, is required to attend Alpine Shop's Trip N Teach Advanced Kayaking class, which combines intermediate-level instruction with moving water scenarios.

Meet at Shaw Nature Reserve, located at Missouri 100 & Interstate 44 Business, Gray Summit, MO.

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Shaw Nature Reserve

Hwy 100 & I-44, Gray Summit, MO 63039

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Terms & Conditions

Due to high demands for these classes NO REFUNDS will be offered with less than seven days advance notification, including no-shows the day of class. If you need to cancel, call 314-962-7715 during shop business hours as soon as possible. Transfers between classes can only be made on requests received at least seven days in advance of originally scheduled class. ALL transfers will be charged a $20 processing fee.

Each person will be required to complete and sign a liability waiver prior to beginning the class. Minimum age for this class is 16 years.

Class is conducted regardless of weather and is only canceled in the event of lightning, high winds or flood condition. Cancellations are based on the conditions at Shaw Nature Reserve. Severe weather may cause us to alter start and end times and/or temporarily suspend the class. Transfers or full refunds will only be issued if the class is canceled by the Alpine Shop.

Alpine Shop is not responsible for lost or missing personal property.

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General Information / Weather-Related Issues:

You should dress in weather-appropriate clothing and footwear that can get wet. Class will proceed even in colder-than-normal conditions. Students provide their own snacks, drinking water, hat, sunscreen and eyeglass retainers. We strongly suggest attending one of our Kayaking Dry Land Basics seminars before taking this course.

As stated above, minimum age is 16 and participants must be able to swim.

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