Kayak Safety CourseAriel-Foundation Park is excited to offer a Beginner Kayak Adventure Course, brought to the park in summer 2019 by an ACA (American Canoe Association) Level 1 certified instructor. These courses will be open to anyone ages 16 and over. All equipment provided!


Instructor: Jody Holland, Nature Programs Coordinator

Cost: $25/person

Overview: The Beginner Kayak Adventure Course is a brief introduction to paddleing a kayak. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely and potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. All equiipment is provided (kayaks, paddles, PFDs).

Objectives: To make available a short program emphasizing safety, enjoyment, and skill acquisition for entry level paddlers.

Duration: 2 hours (select one):

  • 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • 1-3 PM

Dates (select one): More dates may be added, based on demand.

  • Saturday, June 15
  • Saturday, June 29
  • Saturday, July 13
  • Saturday, July 27
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Saturday, August 24
  • Saturday, September 7

Location: Central Lake at Ariel-Foundation Park - calm, flat water protected from wind, waves and outside boat traffic, with no apparent current and within swimming distance of shore.

Class Limit: 5 students






Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
307 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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