Private Lessons

Private lessons are a great way to begin your paddling journey or to add to your existing skill set. Have a tight schedule? Not a problem. Want a bit more personal attention? No sweat. Need time for you and your paddling partner to work on some specific skills? We can do brush-up lessons, help you refine a skill, or start at the beginning. We'll make it work for you; it's your time.

Do you know how...
We can help you develop your skills so you're prepared for tripping in the Boundary Waters, exploring the Apostle Island or paddling a local river. Do you need assistance with any of these skills?
-Forward stroke
-Braces and recovery strokes
-Edging for effective turns
-Combining strokes for efficiency
-Rescues and towing
-River paddling
-And much more!

Kayakers - we can also help you with:
-Kayak rolling
-Open water kayaking on Lake Michigan

To Schedule
Set up your own time for personal paddling instruction by contacting us. It's best to give us at least a week of lead time so we are able to schedule an instructor and get all of the confirmation info to you. We typically recommend a minimum of 2-hours for a private lesson. (1 hour feels much to rushed for most people.)

For Adult private lessons contact Amelia at or 608-310-3852.
For Youth and Family private lessons contact Amelia at or 608-310-3852.

Adult Rates:
1 Person - $60/hour
2-3 People - $50/hour (per person)

Youth Rates (under age 16):
1 Person - $40/hour
2-3 People - $30/hour (per person)

Family Rates:
For family private lessons we combine the adult hourly rates with youth rates according to the group.

Required Forms
Each person attending Rutabaga classes must read and sign the Waiver of Liability form and the Student Health Info form. Please download each form for each participant and bring the signed documents with you when you come to class. Thanks!

Student Equipment List
Student Health Info
Waiver of Liability