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Kayaking 101

Join a certified kayak guide to learn the basics of kayaking.

The Friends of Galveston Island State Park support provides a great experience on the water with a guide. Safety, paddling tips, and environmental education given during this active aquatic tour.

woman paddling a kayak

Please consider reserving your spot for a quick instruction, free gear rental, and guided instruction with a trained guide into a protected cove of Galveston Bay. We will start with an orientation on land and paddle around Horseshoe Pond. Starting location is the Oak Bayou picnic area.

Email to reserve your spot. Registered participants will be contacted via email so please check all messages and respond in a timely manner. 

Maximum four spots per reservation. 

Check out this preview of paddling at Galveston Island State Park.

Before you can join us:

• Park entry fee paid before trip.
• All children must be accompanied by an adult, and the program is for ages 13 and older.
• Close-toed shoes and life jackets must be worn during trip.

What to expect:

• Prepared for physical, outside, water-based activity. (Suggested weight limit for kayaks = 250 lbs.)
• Free safety and paddling lesson
• Free gear use (kayak, paddle, and life jackets)
• Small group instruction and guide (<17 people)
• Paddling in the brackish water of Horseshoe Pond/ Oak Bayou
• Anything that goes out on the kayak may get wet, muddy, salty, or completely submerged