My husband and I had a great time at our kayak lesson at Kayak Chicago. We'd kayaked a few times on vacation and struggled a bit - we were trying to learn as we went along and took in the sights. This time, we had an instructor helping us learn the strokes and gently coaching us along. Bubba, our instructor, was funny, patient, and knowledgeable. We felt a lot more confident in our beginner skills after two hours on the water, and would like to do a Chicago river tour to practice. In addition to it being a helpful lesson, it was just a fun time out on the river - it was a gorgeous day with two other kayak beginners sharing the lesson with us. Highly recommended!
My sister and I chose Kayak Chicago for a kayak lesson before our trip to Washington State. Bubba was a great instructor! We learned about the different types of kayaks, why they were used and when, and of course - what skills we would need for our trip that day. Bubba made the instruction interesting and fun, which was very important as it was hot and muggy. When we were on the water, it was great having him remind the group -as a whole and individually - how to improve out rowing and taught us different skills we would need in different situations. When my sister I and informed him what we were doing, he even gave us some tips for kayaking in the sound and how it would be different. (We are going to be in a tandem sea kayak.)
I would definitely recommend this class to friends and family. I also can't wait to go out again with Kayak Chicago!
The instructor was professional and encouraging, showed us different paddling strokes. The water was peaceful, suited for beginner. Enough time to practise going around the island with instructor.
Great experience, very informative and fun.
The instructor was great, I liked the Le Moyne location because I was less worried about running into anything. Dave and the staff were great at explaining stuff, safety was their first priority, very good at explaining what I needed to do, and checking that I understood what I was doing and was comfortable with what I was doing, super friendly. I will be back!!!
The instructor was very helpful and thorough.
We had a great time. David (aka Bubba) was welcoming, engaging, encouraging and knowledgeable. He made sure that we all progressed and left no one behind. When we left, all We talked about was when we could schedule another time kayaking.
My beginner kayak was a good introduction to kayaking. How to enter and exit a kayak, kayak safety and all basic strokes were included. We practiced on the river, going part way around Goose Island. I’m looking forward to kayaking again.
The Learn to Kayak class was a lot of fun. The instructor, Bubba, was great. He made sure everyone was comfortable in the water and showed us how to maneuver the kayak effortlessly. I definitely feel confident to kayak in the future.
Everything was amazing. Lesson started on time. Bubba was a great teacher and I learned a lot from him. Looking forward to going again.
Instructor Bubba was very knowledeable and helpful.
Instructor was awesome, great time.
Fun experience!!! High quality instruction, and a very pleasant staff. Thank you very much to David and Bubba for their professionalism, patience and knowledge about kayaking. Keep up the good work!
Our 2 hr lesson yesterday, 9/2/17, with Brian W. was awesome! He taught us new things from the moment we got there to the minute we left. He was thorough, knowledgeable, and gave the group opportunities to ask additional questions. I never once felt insecure on the water while learning the best way to paddle w/o over exerting my arms. My husband learned at least 5 new tips that he hadn't known about. We also appreciated how welcoming the entire staff is - it's obvious everyone loves their job! We will definitely return and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kayak Chicago!