Lake Michigan Learn to Kayak Tour
Paddle over the deep-blue waters of Lake Michigan to learn the basics of kayaking. Get a grip on the basics of balancing, controlling and steering your craft with the help of an instructor.
What You Will Do
- Pick up a paddle to master the fundamentals of this fun and invigorating aquatic activity
- Put what you learn into practice as you cruise over Lake Michigan and enjoy the scenic shoreline sights
- Take advantage of detailed instruction that familiarizes you with the proper technique, as well as how to stay safe on the water
- Try your hand at paddling in both recreational and touring kayaks for a more complete lesson
- Kayaking lesson on Lake Michigan
- Experienced instructors
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Please bring sunglasses, sunblock, a hat and a water proof bag to protect your camera. Come prepared to get a little wet from the drip and splash of your paddle and to be out in the sun. Lightweight, synthetic clothing is best.
- 47 Ratings
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!
Bubba was great. He was engaging and approachable—he took time to engage with each of the members of the group individually and put everyone's questions and concerns into context. He offered multiple opportunities for members of the group to ask questions and raise concerns. Overall he made our group have a fun and enjoyable day on the river. My only issue with the day was with the woman at the check in counter. Upon arriving in the office she was on the phone and I had to wait a few minutes to speak with her. Once she put the person on the phone on hold, she looked directly beyond me and asked two other kayakers if they needed help, even though I was there before they were and I was standing right in front of her. The other kayakers noticed and allowed me to speak, but it was a disrespectful and unpleasant way to engage with a first time customer. Not only that, she was eating an onion bagel and the entire office smelled like onions.
Bubba (David) was a great teacher and very patient and informative. I was very happy to have this experience with my son home from college. I look forward to coming to the city and kayaking with you in the future!
david, (baba) the instructor was pleasant and on the water great fun. no.1, he was a very good, clear instructor. he pointed out the birds and a turtle and added other river information. i will be back to kayak on my own, going north in tranquility.
Bubba was a great teacher and make the experience fun. It was a good mix of trying to kayak well and just having fun.
Both the instructor, Brian, and the staff were helpful. An enjoyable experience!
Great staff. They made learning the basics fun, and gave individual attention to beginners.
The staff is very attentive. Dave is a great instructor! Safety is first with these classes.
1. Professional environment and staff. 2. Tours started on time
- Earlene e
Loved Dave as he was a great teacher. Liked area as it wasn't busy and wasn't scary. Want to take the intermediate course but can't find out when it's scheduled. Will be coming back. thanks
David is an excellent instructor
I have my first experience with kayaking and it was amazing! Thanks guys! Definitely we will see you soon.
instructor was knowledgeable and enjoyable. Had a great time and I was much better at maneuvering a kayak than I was before the class.
Matt was my instructor, a very patient man who gave me very good instructions in how to kayak. Great personality as well...
Excellent instructor tailored our lesson to the needs of our group. Will highly recommend you guys!
I learned all I needed to know at this point to begin having fun with kayaking. At some point I may return for more advanced training but right now I just want to get out there and kayak.
would like more time on the water to apply all the techniques learnt. Also, please start and end on time - it's only fair.
I have never even sat in a kayak before this class and I walked out with a ton of confidence! Our instructor, Sam, was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and taught us so much.
Everyone was very, very nice, patient, and very professional. Our guide was absolutely amazing. He's such a good instructor. He was very thorough, very articulate, and his passion for kayaking really showed. Due to my experience with Kayak Chicago, I am hooked. My two kids really, really enjoyed it. I'm going to have my wife take introductory lessons and we plan to take some excursions as a family to relax, enjoy nature and "do our own thing together" as our guide said. Kayaking is awesome! Thanks.
I learned a lot. Great employees.
Everything about our experience with Kayak Chicago was excellent from registering online, being promptly greeted and signed in upon arrival, being thoroughly briefed on the equipment which was in good condition and working order, and the superb instruction throughout a most enjoyable 2-hour experience. Kayak Chicago went way beyond our expectations. What a great way to be introduced to this fun, liberating sport!
It was a very delightful first time experience. Although it was very windy our instructor Brian made us feel extremely confident and comfortable. He had great patience teaching us the maneuvers and gave us great feedback on our techniques as well as correcting us when we were off. I am definitely recommending!