Paddling Courses

Free paddle sport courses available May 17-19, 2019 for LakeFest 2019. Reservations required.  Complimentary primitive camping available on festival site for anyone signing up for one of the following courses led by certified instructors from the American Kayaking Association in Ohio.  All courses held at various times and days from Friday, May 17; Saturday, May 18; Sunday, May 19.  GPS 3 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida  32435.

  1. Kayak and Canoe Camping Course

Friday, May 17, 2019; 7pm-9pm, 3 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida  32433. 

Designed for paddle sport enthusiasts dreaming of taking a multi-day excursion down the Suwanee River or an overnight, exotic eco tour of the Grand Canyon but don't know what they'll need or what to expect along the way.  Sign up for this free two-hour nighttime course on Lake DeFuniak and learn from certified trainers of the American Kayak Association (AKA) on what to do in nighttime waters, proper equipment to have with you, and safety tips regarding paddling and overnight camping. Free primitive camping available on LakeFest festival grounds (Friday and Saturday) for those who sign up for this course.  

  • Click here to RSVP (link takes you to American Kayaking Association's Eventbrite reservations site)
  • Bring your own 
    • kayak/canoe/paddle board
    • life jacket
    • whistle
    • paddles
  1. Everybody Paddles Course

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1140 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435

For those who may have never (or rarely) sat in a kayak, canoe or stood on a paddle board. This free course is designed for beginner paddlers of all ages and ability levels to learn basic skills and safe practices for a fun day on the water.  Certified trainers from the American Kayaking Association in Minerva Park, OH will be hosting these free paddle sports safety education courses all day in two-hour increments during the LakeFest 2019 festival.  Boats and equipment will be on hand.  Best to reserve a time slot so you won't have to wait a turn to learn.

Click here to RSVP

  1. Kayak Skills Development Course

Saturday, May 18, 2019; 1140 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida  32435.

This two-hour course is for those who have their own kayak, canoe or paddle board but need to know the right handling and safety techniques, along with proper equipment needs required by law.  Certified trainers from the American Kayaking Association (AKA) in Minerva Park, OH will be hosting these free paddle sports safety education courses all day in two-hour increments during the LakeFest 2019 festival.  Free primitive camping available on LakeFest festival grounds (Friday and Saturday) for those who sign up for this course.  

  • Click here to RSVP
  • Bring your own 
    • kayak/canoe/paddle board
    • life jacket
    • whistle
    • paddles
  1. Kayak Skills Certification Cou

Sunday, May 19, 1140 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435.

This free 6-hour course is designed for those who love their paddle sport activity and are frequently on a river, lake, bay or may be a member of a club or are a business owner/associate who sells equipment.  Completing this course will certify participants in paddling.  Free primitive camping available on LakeFest festival grounds (Friday and Saturday) for those who sign up for this course.  


  1. Adaptive Paddling Clinic

Sunday, May 19, 2018; 1140 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida  32435.

This free clinic is designed for people with physical or developmental disabilities who would like to experience and explore the wonderful world of paddling.  Certified trainers from the American Kayaking Association in Minerva Park, OH will provide participants an opportunity to paddle in a safe environment under expert supervision. Free primitive camping available on LakeFest festival grounds (Friday and Saturday) for those who sign up for this course.  

Click here to RSVP