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Day and Half-Day Trips:
A non-refundable payment in full is due upon trip registration.

Overnight Trips:
A $75 non-refundable deposit is required for trip registration. Final balance is due 60 days from the trip departure.

A non-refundable payment of half the total rental fee is due upon registration. Final balance is due 60 days from the trip departure.We highly recommend the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce website as the best reference for a complete range of places to stay and activities in the area:

Highlights such as visits to Madeline Island, Big Top Chautauqua and tours of Bayfield’s Orchards are always high on the list as companion activities to your paddling adventure.
Our office staff is happy to make recommendations!

American Canoe Association



  • Date:   TBA SOON!
  • Cost:
  • Coaching staff: TBA SOON!

ACA instructor certification can be a helpful ‘badge of accomplishment’ for those seeking positions in organizations that hire guides and instructors. It means standardization of a level of skills, experience and leadership. Many outdoor organizations prefer that their staff have completed skills and course work in a recognized outdoor program like the ACA for liability reasons. But even more so, like Living Adventure, this level of training and certification implies these paddlers will have the skills and savvy to keep our trip guests safe, informed and having a great time out there on the water.

This three day course lays the foundation for the two day certification exam (ICE) that candidates can take later in the summer. Often times the IDW and ICE run back to back in a five day course – but we prefer to split them so that participants have adequate time to practice their personal and coaching skills to ensure success at the exam course. We will publish the ICE dates (likely mid to late August) as soon as we have them. Note: an ICE does not have to be taken at the location with the Instructor Trainer who ran the IDW. Check the ACA instructor course calendar for dates and locations of all ICEs being offered.

For more information on criteria for attendance and course curriculum check out the ACA website here:


(from June 2017 – our 2018 course will be posted with coaches and curriculum by late fall) 

  • Date:   May 31 – June 2, 2017
  • Cost:   $350.00
  • (stand-alone L-3 Strokes & Maneuvers): May 31 (cost $150.00)
  • (stand-alone Day Trip Leading): June 1-2 (cost $250.00)
  • Coaching staff:
  • L-4 Certified Instructor: Paige May: Bayfield, WI / Ely, MN
  • L-4 Certified Instructor: Jamiah Mahoney: Herbster, WI

We are combining these two courses to offer participants three days of amazing paddling, learning, leading and inspiration! The combined course curriculum covers comprehensive exposure to hard and soft skills associated with coastal sea kayaking. The course is targeted for both private paddlers and those involved with sea kayak trip leading professionally. Both course prerequisites allow ample leeway for the coaches to adjust the level of intensity and learning according to the group’s collective experience level.

Level-3 Strokes & Maneuvers

For paddlers with some previous experience that wish to improve their technical on-water skills this is a perfect one day intensive course. You will build on or discard old progressions and ways of maneuvering in favor of new, more effective techniques and strategies offered by our coaches. Participants will leave the course with an ACA certification for the L-3 Strokes & Maneuvers course.

For a general course description offered by the ACA click here:

Day Trip Leading

This course was created to offer training and evaluation on leadership, judgement and decision making as it pertains to group movement in various circumstances while out on the water. The course is geared for those with basic paddling skills and although the primary focus is leadership, to a certain degree there will be review and coaching in sea kayaking skills and rescues.  Participants will leave the course with an ACA Assessment certification.

For general course description offered by the ACA click here:

Attendance in this three day course provides participants with prerequisites for the following courses:

  • L-4: Open Water Coastal Kayak
  • Surf Kayak
  • Tidal Skills
  • Rough Water
  • L-3 Instructor Development Workshop (IDW)

Check out Coaches Paige May & Jamiah Mahoney syncing the smooth moves 😉

Gepostet von Living Adventure am Freitag, 1. Juli 2016

FOR ATTENDANCE  in the IDW and  DAY TRIP LEADING attendees must be ACA members and registered by the time of the course:

NOTE: The staff and instructional divisions of the ACA are amazing people doing amazing work to get a broad demographic of people out on the waterways safely. You will find typos and lay-out glitches in the above linked course descriptions, most of which are pdfs, so ‘bear with them’ and know in the big picture – it’s all good!




This three hour course is THE comprehensive introduction to sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands. Offered mornings and afternoons, these fun and informative sessions form a solid platform to spring-board a lifetime of sea kayaking adventures. Learn it right, from the beginning, with the best. Included in the course is: equipment orientation, basic strokes & deep water rescues, local weather information, trip planning, details on kayak packing and camping, judgment and safety considerations for inner Island navigation.Instruction

COST: $60 as a stand alone course or $50 if renting equipment from us.
Call for information and to set up a reservation for you and/or your group.

* For a great full day paddling experience; follow up a morning INTRODUCTORY SAFETY COURSE with an afternoon SHIPWRECK HALFDAY TOUR!
* Check out our TEACHING & TOURING course for two great days on the water.



We offer private lessons for individuals and small groups. During our busy season, we recommend that you call in early to schedule your session to ensure instructor availability. A private session with a coach is a great way to accelerate your skills and get that one-on-one attention to detail. We can help shape the curriculum for you, or work with your desired expectations.

Private lesson cost: $50 per hour / minimum of 3 hours. Add $20/hr for each additional person. Maximum of 5 students per instructor.