Rafting in Yarmouth

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Boating in Boston drops oars in seven locations?including local lakes, ponds, the Charles River, and Boston Harbor?sending visitors on watery adventures with a fleet of canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, paddleboards, and festive and essential lifejackets. Whether navigating the peaceful waters of Stoneham's Spot Pond?the pond that, in 2002, started it all?or campus-adjacent eddies of UMass Boston's Fox Point Landing, visitors can hit the water untrained or sharpen skills with solo or group lessons. The crew of instructors also instills a love of boating in the littlest landlubbers with youth summer camps that teach basic skills and safety.

100 William T Morrissey Boulevard
Boston,
MA
US

In the early ?70s, Boston-area resident Mike Farny dreamed of creating affordable outdoor recreational activities for his community to enjoy. In May of 1973, Mike set up shop in the MDC Norumbega Police Substation of Newton/Auburndale and began realizing his dream. The location?directly next to the historic Totem Pole Ballroom?perfectly enabled the environmentally friendly practice of canoeing and kayaking. Mike's vision blossomed over the years to include four other locations, each offering rentals, tours, and instruction.

Today, on-staff guides lead tours of the Charles River and Boston Harbor to educate participants in ecosystem conservation, view the skyline and sunset, or explore historic structures. Select trips also include lunch to fuel participants as they navigate difficult waterways and jump through flaming hoops. To prepare customers entering the water for the first time, instructors coach riders of all levels in private or group lessons at the paddling school, which draws on more than 30 years of instructional tradition. Staffers can also equip boaters in the shop?where P&H and Bor?al kayaks hang alongside Tahoe paddleboards and Wenonah canoes, dreaming of one day being the inspiration for a traditional sea chantey. Crew members help clients choose their ride and accessories from these selections and others through free daily demonstrations.

455 Nahanton St.
Newton,
MA
US

Since its inception as a nonprofit organization in 1985, Community Rowing Inc. has guided more than 15,000 students in invigorating rowing sessions held on the Charles River. Their experienced staff of Olympians and coaches helps students to become familiar with industry-standard boats and rowing machines through comprehensive introductory lessons and extended handshakes with the rowing arms. After gleaning the skills necessary to properly use equipment, students gain access to locker rooms, training areas, and any additional courses on the Charles River. The full-body, calorie-burning workouts are available throughout the week, allowing students to learn essential techniques such as sweeping, sculling, and dealing peacefully with the water road rage of aggressive gondoliers.

20 Nonantum St
Brighton,
MA
US

From the comforts of a kayak, landlubbers can coast through the cape with ease using the power of the paddle. RideAway Kayaks' professional staff will teach newbies the tricks of the tide as it guides your adventure. Along the way, you’ll soak up the beautiful sights while absorbing tour-based trivia and fun facts. Each three-hour roundabout serves up its own set of challenges and peeper-pleasers, with some offering intense cardio workouts and others requiring little more than relaxing as you enjoy picturesque views and sweet nature sounds. See the company's website for complete tour descriptions and the season's current schedule.

585 Route 6A
Sandwich,
MA
US

After choosing your starting point for traversing the waters—be it Aquinnah, where Lobsterville Beach awaits, or Edgartown, the fictional town where its true Amity citizens insist Jaws never happened—you'll be armed with a paddle and a veteran guide certified by the American Canoe Association. A crash course in introductory kayaking techniques will bring everyone up to speed before launch. Safe in your newly aquatic superiority, you and your paddlemates will proceed to smoothly coast through animalistic encounters and engage in educational feeding frenzies of engrossing anecdotes, local history, and more. All necessary equipment is provided, and guests are advised to pack a sack lunch or giant sloppy sandwich to tide them over.

Martha's Vineyard
Tisbury,
MA
US

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures' aqueous instructors equip riders with the building blocks for surfing success with comprehensive courses and hands-on demonstrations. During the two-hour intro-to-standup-paddleboarding class, certified instructors help small classes of students brush up on body-boating basics atop the calm, protected waterways of the Westport River. Armed with top-of-the-line equipment, including boards, paddles, and masks shaped like each rider's favorite waterfowl, students learn how to keep their balance, paddle properly, and navigate eddying currents safely and quickly. Osprey's intro lessons shove off at high tide every Saturday and are calibrated to all levels of surfing experience. In the event of days marred by inclement weather or Loch Ness Monster impersonators, lessons may be rescheduled for cleared conditions.

489 Old County Rd
Westport,
MA
US