Kayak Essential and Roll & Rescue Classes
Class and Kayak Discovery Information
Our 2019 classes will begin in early January and continue through the spring. Dates and times will be posted at the right when they are available. We offer indoor Kayak Essentials classes at the Broadview YMCA in Green Bay, the Fox West YMCA in Greenville, the downtown Appleton YMCA, and the Fond du Lac YMCA. We offer Roll and Rescue classes at the Broadview and downtown Appleton YMCAs. We also offer one outdoor Kayak Essentials class each summer at Erb Pool in the City of Appleton.
You do not need to be a member of the YMCA or NEWP, Inc. to participate in our classes.
All you need is your swimsuit and a smile!
Appleton Recreation Department (Summer 2019)
Learn basic paddling skills, bracing strokes, rolls and rescues from our American Canoe Association-certified instructors. Kayaking in waves or rapids is serious business, so you need to know the proper techniques and use the necessary equipment to keep you and your group safe. Those who complete the class may join a summer student outing. We offer:
Kayak Essentials: Comprehensive class for people who have not had prior kayak skills instruction. Each of the four three-hour sessions is split between classroom and pool. Focus is on skill development and safety, including basic strokes, bracing, solo and assisted rescues.
Rolls & Rescues: Participants must first complete the Kayak Essentials class or have equivalent training approved by the instructor. This class teaches a variety of boat re-entry or rescue techniques and Eskimo roll skills. 2016 Rolls and Rescues Outline.
Student Outing: NEWP caps off its indoor class season with an opportunity to practice your new skills on "real" water the first weekend in June! These events are for participants in NEWP classes in the current year and all other current club members. We offer both a whitewater outing and a coastal outing (on Lake Michigan). Student outing details
Class Fees: Fee information is available at the Fox Cities YMCA, Green Bay YMCA, Fond du Lac YMCA and City of Appleton Recreation Department websites. The fee you pay is split between the host organization to cover the cost of the facility use and lifeguards, and by NEWP to purchase and maintain boats and other equipment. All instructors and assistant instructors provide their time and talent on a voluntary basis. The club currently maintains a fleet of nearly 50 whitewater and sea kayaks, plus all the assorted support equipment required to go with the boats.
How to Dress: Swim wear, aqua socks or appropriate footwear. A synthetic T-shirt or lightweight neoprene is optional for comfort in the pool. Shorts or leggings are recommended over regular swim suits that are "bikini style" to avoid abrasion from climbing in and out of the boats. Nose clips will be available to use, or to purchase for a nominal fee. Boats, paddles and all other gear required for the class are provided by the NEWP.
Registration: Available online through the host YMCA or City facility, as listed for each class. YMCA non-members are also encouraged to participate in the classes.
Open Pools: Available at the downtown Appleton YMCA for NEWP members and students on the same Sundays as when classes are scheduled at that location. Open pool sessions may also be scheduled in Green Bay. Current-year students are entitled to free open pool participation. Other current NEWP/ ACA members may participate for $5 (Appleton) or $10 (Broadview) per session.
Paddlers who are socializing or resting should either leave the pool or move to the side to allow other paddlers room to practice.
Be aware that the host facility life guard has ultimate control of the pool area; lifeguard instructions must be followed immediately at all times.
Personal boats and gear brought into the pool must be clean prior to entry, which includes removal of float bags for the pool session.
Boats must be in the water when entered, not "seal-launched" off the pool deck.
Discover Kayaking Opportunity
- Fox Cities YMCA (Appleton) - Coming, December 2019!
- Fox West YMCA (Greenville) - Coming, December 2019!
Fond du Lac YMCA: Schedule for 2019 TBD. Lead instructor is Andy Fox. Register online on the Fond du Lac YMCA online registration page. Fox West YMCA (Greenville): 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 2019 dates TBD. Lead Instructors are Bill Merrick and Jeff Mazanec, with support from other ACA certified instructors and assistants. Winter Session I; registration opens in mid-December. Fox Cities YMCA (Appleton): 2-5 p.m. Sundays, 2019 dates TBD. Lead Instructors are Bill Merrick and Jeff Mazanec, with support from other ACA certified instructors and assistants. Winter Session I; registration opens in mid-December. Fox Cities YMCA (Appleton): 2-5 p.m. Sundays, 2019 dates TBD. Lead Instructors are Bill Merrick and Jeff Mazanec, with support from other ACA certified instructors and assistants. Winter Session II; registration opens mid-February. Broadview YMCA (Green Bay): 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday afternoons: Session 1 - Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 3, 2019 (class size limited to 12); Session 2 - March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 (class size limited to 6). Lead instructor is Ken Braband with support from other ACA-certified instructors and assistants. Erb Pool - City of Appleton Recreation Department: Meets four times, 6:30.-9:30 p.m., on Monday and Wednesday evenings, July 30, August 1, 6 and 8, 2018. Lead instructor is Jeff Mazanec with support from other ACA certified instructors and assistants. Registration is available through the City of Appleton website. Search for 314706 - Kayak Skills Class.
Rolls & Rescues
Fox Cities YMCA (Appleton): 2-5 p.m. Sundays, April 8, 15 and 22, 2018. Winter Session II; registration opens mid-February. Broadview YMCA (Green Bay): 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday afternoons, March 17, 24 and 31, with April 7, 2019 available for students desiring an extra sesssion. Class size limited to 6.
Fox Cities YMCA (APPLETON): 2-3:15 p.m. on Sundays: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, and 25; March 4, 18 and 25; April 8, 15 and 22. The open pool coordinators are Jack Roberts and Scott Thomson.
Broadview YMCA (GREEN BAY): The Badger State Boating Society or NEWP may host open pool sessions at the Green Bay Broadview YMCA. Dates and times will be posted when available.
NEWP provides whitewater kayaks, sea kayaks and associated gear for all class and open pool participants.