Master the paddle
While Zoar Outdoors also offers one, two, and three-day kayaking adventure trips for beginners, it’s the five-day course that really gets the novice sunk into the ins and outs of white-water paddling. By the end of the aggressive course (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., spending 4-5 hours in the boat each day) taught on Western Massachusetts ponds and the Deerfield River, you’ll have the skills needed to paddle Class III rapids. Clinics are offered on the fourth Wednesday of the month, May through August, and cost $600.
Zoar Outdoor, 7 Main St., Charlemont, 800-532-7483, www.kayaklesson.com