If you’ve always wanted to kayak, head to Texas next week for an intensive (and fun) long weekend class.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is sponsoring a three-day educational vacation package led by American Canoe Association certified instructors and environmental educators.
Kayaking is surprisingly easy — and quite fun. My wife compares it to being a mosquito and just skimming across the surface of the water.
The Coastal Kayaking class runs May 7 through 10. Classes include three days of instruction, guided tours, lunch and use of kayaking equipment. Prices run from $495 for classes without accommodations to $1.495 for a family of three, including three night’s lodging.
Skills taught include maneuvering a kayak forward, backwards, and sideways; spinning and turning, plus rescue techniques. But class won’t be held in an some indoor pool. Excursions progress from the protected waters of Laguna Madre on the first day to a half-day excursion through Lighthouse Lakes on the last.
The class will also cover the unique ecology, history, and lifestyle of the Texas coast – including a trip aboard A&M Research Vessel Wetland Explorer. Although it might seem like it's too late to sign up and make the trip, airlines have been discounting fares sharply even for last-minute travel.