Kayaking in Kingston

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The instructors at EMS Schools traverse rocky, paved, and watery terrain from New England down to Virginia, imparting people with their love of the outdoors along the way. Dating back more than 40 years, the EMS Climbing School teaches pupils of all ages the tenets of climbing through introductory classes and more advanced maneuvering in self-rescue, alpine climbing, and glacier-skills classes. The watery wing of EMS's operation includes kayaking and standup-paddleboard lessons, which can help students earn certification in these water-bound endeavors, and group tours. EMS-led bike tours trace a path through the rolling hills of the Berkshires, the mansions of Newport, as well as the powdered-sugar-topped White Mountains of New Hampshire.

3124 Route 44
Gardiner,
NY
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In Jack Kerouac?s On the Road, narrator Sal Paradise has this to say about New York?s most famous river: "If you drop a rose in the Hudson River at its mysterious source in the Adirondacks, think of all the places it journeys by as it goes out to sea forever?think of that wonderful Hudson Valley." At Mountain Valley Guides, the kayaking team allows customers to heed Sal?s thoughts and explore the river's expanse of open water, marshes, islands, and cliffs.

2 Idlewild Avenue
Cornwall On Hudson,
NY
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Designed for paddlers of all skill levels aged 11 and over, Hudson River Kayak Tours leads groups along picturesque aquatic arteries. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a guided tour of the Stony Point lighthouse and battlefield, or push off from Mine Dock Park in Fort Montgomery and paddle toward Popolopen Creek Gorge, heading toward a beautiful waterfall, under bridges, and alongside a bird sanctuary. In addition, every Thursday and Friday, paddlers compete with the sun to see who can make it to Iona Island first.

80 Mine Dock Rd.
Highland Falls,
NY
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Signature service: Paddle board and kayak rental and sales

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Established: 2013

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Brands Used: SUP ATX

Pro Tip: Paddle boarding is easier than you think so give it a try. We also have a picnic and beach area available.

Q&A with Micki Lees, Owner

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?

Paddle boarding and kayaking is amazing fun and a great workout. I love to see all the smiling faces after a great day on the water.

Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?

This year, we added a sandy beach with cozy chairs and relaxing palm trees. We also offer stand up paddle yoga, ladies night, full moon paddles, and party events.

What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?

How excited we are to share the fun of being on the water, and how we treat our customers like friends. We will do what we can to help you enjoy your day.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are experienced and certified in stand-up paddle boarding, and we can answer questions and ensure your safety. We also have boards for sale, and we recommend trying a board before you buy.

622 Jersey Ave.
Greenwood Lake,
NY
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Downunder Fitness and Surf’s SurfSET and SUPnSURF classes offer a fun alternative to jogging on a treadmill or other traditional exercise methods. While standing or lying facedown on simulators, pupils learn surfing and standup paddleboarding basics without going down to the ocean or having to help a mermaid retie her shell brassiere. In addition to fitness classes, Downunder Fitness and Surf offers yoga sessions on a beach or, for added difficulty, atop a floating paddleboard.

575 Riverside Ave
Westport,
CT
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Westfield Water Sports and Wilderness Experiences?a kayak, SUP, camping, and scuba gear shop as well as a camping store and adventure emporium?dispatches a staff of certifiable adventure-seekers to lead sojourners into the great outdoors with scuba classes, kayak classes, dive and non-dive world travel, and rock-climbing excursions. An all-around outdoorsman, camp director T. Scott Cook leans on his doctorate of Leadership Development in Adventure Education to develop nature excursions, including far-flung trips where groups snorkel in the Cayman Islands or evolve gills in the Galapagos. Back home, the summer camp?s elaborate ropes course builds teamwork between coworkers, and caving adventures allow guests to delve into mysterious depths or apartment swap with a black bear.

526 College Hwy
Southwick,
MA
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