Cambodia January 2018

Come with us to the wonderful kingdom of Cambodia for a unique and unforgettable experience. Your time will be spent paddling the mighty Mekong River and the Tonle Sap Lake. You will paddle the back “streets” of a village built on stilts towering over water, explore an otherworldly flooded forest, and likely see the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin. You will be camping on islands, staying in remote villages, sleeping in floating houses, and of course spending a few nights in hotels and lodges. In addition to paddling, you will investigate Cambodia’s dark past with the Khmer Rouge, explore the awe inspiring Angkor Wat, and visit a bird sanctuary.


There are only 8 spots for this trip, so act fast. For more detailed informatio or to book contact: 

Call: 508-636-0300

Email: [email protected]

Itinerary: Cambodia January 2018 PDF 

2017 British Canoeing Programs

We are pleased to announce that in addition to BC Star awards & rescue trainings we will be offering a UKCC Level 1 training & assessment taught by Steve MacDonald & Todd Johnstone-Wright. If your looking to become a Coach in British Canoeing this is your opportunity…

UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport Coach Training & Assessment

The Level 1 Award in Coaching Paddlesport may be your first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. The qualification will introduce you to the fundamentals of good coaching practice and help you to understand and coach technical and tactical aspects of the sport. The qualification is not discipline specific and therefore suitable to coaches who wish to work with paddlers from any of the competitive and non-competitive paddle sport disciplines. The course will develop skills in ‘how to coach’ as well as provide a technical understanding of ‘what to coach’, specifically relating to the skills beginners to paddlesport require.The course will cover how to:

  • prepare coaching activities, taking into account participants’ needs and motives
  • establish a safe working environment
  • deliver prepared coaching activities
  • establish working relationships with participants and others
  • evaluate the effectiveness of coaching activities
  • evaluate the effectiveness of personal coaching practice
  • manage effective and appropriate bank- and water-based rescues.

A range of coaching tips and tricks, games and activities will be built into the course, along with time spent developing your technical/tactical understanding. The course will be delivered over four days and will include both training and assessment.

In order to achieve the qualification, you must successfully complete a range of assessment tasks, which include safety and rescue skills, coaching skills and the technical understanding of paddlesport. The assessments are based on a mixture of practical and written tasks and tutor questioning.

Prerequistes for UKCC Level 1: British Canoeing 2 Star Award and have completed the FSRT Module.

Course Syllabus

Dates: June 23-26, 2017

Cost:  $550.00

Follow the link for information on all of our British Canoeing Programs.

2017 ACA SUP Instructor Certification Workshops & Updates

Is 2017 your year to become a Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor?

This season we will offer several American Canoe Association Stand up Paddleboard  Instructor Certification Workshops, Instructor Updates, & Instructor Prep Clinics. These are great programs to guide you on your journey to teaching SUP to others or to assist in your continuing education & skill refinement. Please call or email with any questions or to reserve your space, 508-636-0300.


SUP Instructor Certification Workshop/Essentials of SUP 1 & 2

The ACA ICW provides SUP Instructors the basics of water safety and a solid framework of SUP teaching techniques. This three-day program is an intensive, fast paced workshop designed to refine your instructional techniques and familiarize you with the processes and curriculum of the American Canoe Association. Students aspiring to be certified as SUP instructors will need to have current certifications in both CPR and First Aid.
Goals for this course include:
-to become familiar with current educational theory as it applies to paddle instruction
-to develop personal paddling skills
-to develop teaching and coaching skills
-to develop safe group management techniques
-to become familiar with ACA procedures for certified instructors

In the Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW) you will be assessed in the following areas: Personal Paddling Skills, Teaching Skills, Modeling Skills, Risk Management, Group Management,  Technical Knowledge, Coaching & Assessment.

Pre-requisites: Proficiency with basic skills outlined in ACA Instructor Criteria, ACA Annual Membership, First Aid & CPR certification, 18 years of age or older.

Level One Instructor Criteria

Level Two Instructor Criteria

Dates: May 27th- 29th, Westport, Ma,  July 7th- 9th, Westport, Ma

Cost: $450.00

Instructor Trainer: Jim Bernard

SUP Instructor Prep Course

This class is designed to be a full day prep clinic for folks who will be taking an ACA SUP L1/L2 Instructor Certification Workshop. It will also benefit students who just want to improve their personal paddling skills and understanding of the sport or are working towards guiding or teaching SUP classes. Topics covered will relate specifically to the skills needed to successfully complete an ICW and will generally come from the ACA SUP Instructor criteria:
-Personal paddling skill development, SUP strokes.
-Teaching theory
-Teaching practice
-Learning styles
-Environmental issues while leading a group
-Group management and safety considerations
A full day class, mostly on the water. Students need to bring food, water, snacks, and clothing necessary for the entire day.
This class is NOT a pre-requisite for the ACA SUP ICW & completion of this class does not offer any preferential consideration for the ICW.

Date: May 7th      Cost: $125.00

Instructor Trainer: Jim Bernard

SUP Instructor Update

The instructor update is your chance to increase the quality of the clinics and assessment courses you offer by improving your personal paddling skills, learning new teaching methods, enhancing your ability to assess the strokes and body mechanics of your students while providing them with clear, targeted feedback on their technique. This one day Instructor Update fulfills your Instructor maintenance requirement.

Dates: May 6th – SUP Instructor Level 1 & 2     Cost: $150.00

Instructor Trainer: Jim Bernard


Only 5 Slots Left for Croatia 2017

Join Team Osprey and Peak and Paddle Croatia for a unique, ten day adventure through Šibenik’s archipelago. Paddle the Adriatic Sea by day, and experience the best of Croatian cuisine and culture by night. Slots are filling up fast for our September 16th-25th trip, so be sure to check out the itinerary. If you want to reserve a space, or get more details, call the shop, or email Sam at [email protected]

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SOLO Wilderness First Aid scheduled for April 8th, 9th 2017

Join team Osprey and Todd Wright for our SOLO Wilderness First Aid Workshop! Call the shop to register.

Dates: April 8th-9th, 8:30 to 5:00 each day

Cost: $175 (does not include lodging)

Location: Lloyd Center for the Environment in South Dartmouth, MA

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Overview

Occasionally, injuries happen in the context of adventure sports, and as both enthusiasts and professionals we need to be prepared to treat, manage, and avoid injury in remote settings. SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is an introductory course designed to develop both decision making and management skills that address common backcountry injuries. The WFA course focuses on ‘hands on’ learning, where students are engaged in managing authentic scenarios; scenario based learning is supported by brief classroom discussions and reinforced with intensive practical work.


The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, students, and outdoor groups. It also meets American Canoe Association, British Canoeing and International Mountain Bicycling Associations first aid requirements.


The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.

Packing for WFA

We encourage participants to dress comfortably and come prepared to work/play outside in any weather. In addition, we ask that participants come prepared as if they were leading a long day trip, group in either a mountain or marine environment.

Recommended Items:

  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and pants
  • Insulating layers
  • Season appropriate closed toed shoes
  • Spare clothing/layers for splinting
  • Food and water for the day
  • Writing instrument
  • Day pack or duffle/Bill Bag (paddlers)
  • Sport specific and/or leadership equipment i.e. Life Jacket, Sleeping Pads, Hydration Packs etc.


Shop Small, Shop Local, SAVE BIG!

Tis’ the season to score a great deal on that kayak, sup, or paddling gear you or your favorite paddler has been dreaming’ of! We have a great selection of new & used kayaks from P&H, Stellar, Feel Free Kayaks, Venture Kayaks, Necky & Liquid Logic and SUP’s from SIC, Riviera & Pau Hana. Don’t forget the trimmings from Werner & Accent Paddles, Astral, Hyperflex, Kokatat, FCS, NRS, Sea to Summit & more!

Starting on Small Biz Saturday, Nov 26th…

Save 10% to 40% off on all New & in stock Kayaks & SUP’s!
Save 20% to 25% off all New & in stock life jackets, wetsuits, spray wear, & selected clothing!
Save 10% to 20% off all Werner & Accent paddles!
Save 10% to 25% on all paddling accessories (dry bags, tow belts, charts, etc)

Gift Cards are always available.




2016 Calendar is ready!

The 2016 season is well under way, and our calendar is filling up! Check out our programming, and if you’re looking for something specific that’s not on the calendar, feel free to give us a call and get booked up.

2016 British Canoeing Courses

British Canoeing (formally BCU) is recognized worldwide for providing high quality personal paddling skills development and assessment, leadership, and coach training & certification. British Canoeing skills courses and leadership courses are known as Star Awards and range from 1 Star to 5 Star. These awards provide a way to track your own progress as a paddler, and give others a reliable indication of your preparedness for trips and further trainings.

Our British Canoeing coaching staff members are the most accredited coaches in North America and routinely teach and paddle in a variety of disciplines. Check out this seasons BC training & assessment schedule and contact us with any questions or reservation information.



Rentals Coming May 1st

The water is warming up, along with the weather! Rentals, temperatures permitting, open up May 1st. Be sure to put it in your calendar and come on down.

2016 ACA Kayak & SUP Instructor Training & Certification Programs



These are the current programs being offered by Osprey Sea & Surf Adventures Instructor Trainers, Carl Ladd & Jim Bernard. In addition to these programs, we are also offering ACA skills assessments to help guide paddlers to the appropriate Instructor level certification track. Follow this link for more information or call or email the shop to get registered for a specific course.

If your organization is interested in hosting an ACA skills training, assessment, instructor development workshop or certification exam, please contact us to discuss the options.

Kayaking Programs
Level 2 ICW – March 17th 19th, Saint Petersburg, Fl
Level 2 ICW – April 19th – 21st, Stonington, CT – registration closed
Level 3 Skills Assessment – April 30th, Westport, MA
Level 3 Skills Assessment – May 7th, Westport, MA
Level 3 IDW – May 13th – 15th, Westport, MA
Level 2 ICW – May 24th – 26th, Westport, MA
Level 4 Skills Assessment – June 4th, Westport, MA
Level 3 Trip Leader – June 8th- 11th, Baltimore, MD- registration closed
Level 3 Trip Leader – June 14th- 17th, Boston, MA- registration closed
Level 2 Trip Leader – June 21st – 23rd, Boston, MA- registration closed
Level 3 ICE- June 25th- 26th – Westport, MA
Level 4 Skills Assessment – September 29th, Westport, MA
Level 4 IDW – September 30th- October 2nd, Westport, MA
Level 4 ICE – November 11th – 13th, Westport, MA


Stand Up Paddleboard Programs
Level 2 Skills Assessment – May 7th, Westport, MA
Level 1 & 2 ICW – May 20th – 22nd, Westport, MA
Level 1 & 2 ICW – June 24th – 26th, Westport, MA

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures
489 Old County Rd.
Westport, MA 02790

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Our Instructors are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified, British Canoe Union (BCU) coaching certified, or both

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