From: Gillson Beach or Skokie Lagoons
Price:$ 90
$70 semiprivate
(2 or more)
Duration: minimum 2 hours

Or book a Custom Trip

minimum 2 hours
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Sea Kayaking
Skill Rating:
Van Supported:
Gillson Beach or Skokie Lagoons
$ 90
$70 semiprivate
(2 or more)
Included: All sea kayak equipment and instruction.
Not Included: Transportation or personal clothing and equipment. Cancellation policy applies.

There’s no better way to quickly improve your paddling skills than a private or semi-private kayak or SUP (stand up paddleboard) lesson with ACA and/or BCU certified instructors. Come with a list of skills you want to work on, or just come with the goal of improving your skills and confidence on the water. Of course the greatest advantages of private lessons are the close attention and prolonged attention of the instructors, personalized lessons and the opportunity to learn at your own pace. When it comes to improving your paddling, these lessons can’t be beat.

Clothing & Equipment:
  • Swimsuit or shorts and T-shirt

  • Water

  • sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, raingear

  • Croakies or something else to tie glasses on with

  • Shoes- Flip-flop sandals are not useful as they will come off in open water. Water booties are ideal and sport sandals can also work. Shoes with laces are not appropriate.

  • Extra warm layers- Remember that cotton will not keep you warm if it is wet (it will actually make you colder), so bring some extra layers that are made out of a synthetic material (such as fleece, Coolmax®, polypropylene, etc.) Come prepared for warm, cold and/or wet weather; we will be paddling rain or shine!

  • Dry clothes to change into after

  • If you have a wetsuit, paddling jacket or booties, bring them along. We will have wetsuits available for rent for $5 per session. Please contact our office in advance if interested in renting. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to provide adequate time to change into the wetsuit.

We will provide all other necessary paddling equipment.

What is special about this trip?
Individualized attention, lesson plans and the freedom to learn at your own pace. Private and semi-private lessons are, hands down, the best way to improve your kayaking skills quickly.

How do I get there?
We run our kayak lessons out of Gillson Park in Wilmette and the Skokie Lagoons in Winnetka. We will send you a map and detailed directions upon registration. We can come to additional locations per request. Please call our office to discuss options.

How and where will you meet me?
We will meet at the predetermined lesson location.

What money should I take?
None. You will have settled the balance prior to the lesson. Tipping is appreciated but not required.

What do I need to bring?
We will send you a detailed gear list upon registration.

Can I drink the water?
Bring a water bottle.

How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
You will have cell phone reception at these locations.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We use rotomolded single and double plastic sea kayaks. Feel free to bring your own kayak to get a better feel of how your boat responds to skills practiced during the lesson.

How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
The guides are ACA or BCU certified kayak instructors.

How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No physical conditioning or prior experience required for these lessons.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much my son and I enjoyed our kayaking lesson with Eric yesterday morning. He is a wonderful instructor and really worked well with my 10 year old son. Eric made the lesson fun and interesting and, now that we have some basic knowledge, we are definitely planning on doing more kayaking. I would and will recommend Northwest Passage to anyone that is interested in learning to kayak. Thanks again! -Burnett, R &G., Wilmette, IL. Private Lesson, May 2013