Adult, Family & Youth Paddling Opportunities

For the 2021 season, a limited number of youth classes are scheduled. Adult classes will be by appointment only (please visit our Private Lessons page). Outings will also be available for adults. As always, the safety and well-being of our participants, instructors, and the community is our number one priority.

Whether you're new to paddling or a seasoned veteran, Rutabaga Outdoor Programs can help you improve the quality and enjoyment of your paddling experiences. For over 30 years we've taught thousands of children and adults the skills to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddling (SUP). We invite you to discover our wide range of classes for all ages and abilities. Join in some on-water fun and learning this season!

Kids Camps
Kids camps provide paddling opportunities for kids and teens who have completed 2nd-9th grade (ages 8-14). Find out more information here.

Private Lessons
Please read about Rutabaga's safety protocol and how to schedule a lesson on our Private Lessons page.

Day Trips & Outings
Rutabaga offers full-day paddling trips at various locations around southern Wisconsin, as well as evening paddles every month at the full moon. All ability levels are welcome!

Door County Sea Kayak Symposium
Discover the beauty of Door County from a sea kayak and become part of the kayaking community! Find out more information here. Registration information will be available in early May 2021.

Wilderness First Aid
Join Rutabaga and NOLS Wilderness Medicine for WFA in October, 2021. Details will soon be available here.

ACA Instructor Certification
Check out Rutabaga's American Canoe Association Instructor Certification courses for canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard. Learn more about how you can share your passion for paddling with others by becoming an instructor! Note that for 2021, there are Kayak and SUP ICW courses scheduled. Canoe ICWs are expected to return in 2022.

See you on the water!

Katya Ouchakof
Director, Rutabaga Outdoor Programs