Dennis Stuhaug, editor of Canoe & Kayak magazine, tells you where to find out more about canoeing or kayaking before getting on the water.
Paddling clubs are a good way to get your feet wet. Those looking for a club close to home should call:
The American Canoe Association
The largest paddling association in the country, it sets instructor certification tests and general water safety standards. 703-451-0141
North American Paddle Sports Association
Also covers kayaking. Can put you in touch with a club near you. 414-242-5228
Be sure the outfitter has a trained staff, a clean safety record, and is affiliated with a national paddling organization such as those above. To locate one near you, call:
Lists recreational opportunities with premier backcountry outfitters on public lands and waterways. 615-472-2205
National Assoc. of Canoe and Livery Outfitters
A professional organization that will put you in contact with members. 606-472-2205
For those who prefer to have some easy experience on the water before embarking on a more challenging trip with an outfitter. Canoe and kayak retailers sometimes offer classes and can also be good sources of other information, including local water conditions. For schools near you refer to:
Canoe & Kayak magazine
$3.99 per issue, $17.97 per year (6 issues)
All the news you need, and useful listings and ads from a variety of outfitters and schools. 800-692-2663
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