Kayaking & SUPs

The NSYC owns a full fleet of Recreational, Touring and Sea Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) exclusively for member use on Lake Michigan. Our diverse fleet can accommodate small to x-large size adult paddlers. Kayak and SUP use is available for members on a first-come first-serve basis. We require use of the safe boating “buddy system” where no one ever paddles alone and a PFD is required on the water at all times.

At the NSYC we offer courses for beginners, stroke &technique development, rescue skills and more. Each class is taught by experienced ACA Instructors. New Kayak members may be required to complete the Intro to Kayaking course prior to use of club equipment. Alternatively, new members with extensive Kayak training will have the opportunity to test out of the class by passing an on-water skill and capsize test. Classes and tests are scheduled throughout the season as needed. Kayak beachfront storage rental is available for residents and non-residents by contacting the Park District of Highland Park directly. See our Membership page for annual membership rates and full club benefits.

Kayak Classes

Kayaking courses are available at the NSYC. Check the schedule of current classes on our calendar listed under Events. Member Cost is $50 per course, equipment is included and pre-registration is required at Kayak@NorthShoreYachtClub.com.

Intro to Kayaking: Beginner Kayaking Course (Required)3 Hours
Learn basic paddle strokes, turns, essential equipment and gear care, including the paddle, PFD and kayak features. Learn important information about kayaking and water safety on Lake Michigan. 50% of the class time is on the beach, 50% is paddling time on the water.
Participants will have an opportunity to pass the required NSYC Kayak Paddle & Capsize Checkout, which is required in order to use any NSYC kayak equipment.
Beyond the Basics: Intermediate Kayaking Course3 Hours
Learn and apply more advanced techniques (bracing, draw strokes, sweep, sculling, J-lean, edging), and refine the strokes you know! Assisted and self- rescue techniques will be covered. The majority of class time is spent on the water.
Prerequisite: Intro to Kayaking and paddling experience.
Essential Rescue Skills: Intermediate Kayaking Rescue Course3 Hours
Learn to safely empty and re-enter a kayak after capsizing in open deep waters through multiple rescue methods. These include self-rescues and buddy assisted rescue techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and apply several rescue techniques as it is taught on the open water. The majority of class time is spent on the water.
Prerequisite: Intro to Sea Kayaking and paddling experience.