Rhode Island Ocean Skills

Date: May 10 – 17, 2025

Narragansett, RI


Build your skills in real-life conditions with multiple days of coaching. Rhode Island has so many amazing venues to explore.  This week of focused paddling has opportunities for paddling in tides, current, rock gardening, surfing, navigating open water crossings and so much more. 


Our low student-coach ratios allow us to embrace the environment offering challenges that are accessible and fun. Some skills we might focus on include, open-water crossings, boat handling in conditions, tide race paddling, rock gardening, stroke refinement, safety, and rescues.


The trip will begin with a group discussion of goals and aspirations and day one on the water is typically a warm-up and skills benchmarking day.  The remainder of the trip will take the best advantage of the environment.
Rhode Island Ocean Skills Week lighthouse

Rhode Island | May – 10th – 17th 

This ocean skills week provides learning opportunities in some amazing venues and environments such as the Pettaquamscutt River (locally known as the Narrow River) where we do everything, tide races at Fishers Island, rock gardening on the coast of Block Island, Newport and Jamestown Beach and Surfing at Matunuck beach. Each venue has something unique to offer in way of learning. There is often a good opportunity to hone and focus on skills needed to paddle in a group in wind and waves.

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What to Expect
6 days of coaching, lodging breakfasts and lunches Sunday through Friday.  We will eat out at a local restaurant Saturday night and 2 other nights which is not included in the trip cost.  If the group chooses to do the crossing to Block island, the cost of the ferry is not included (approximately $28.00 for kayak and person). Check the next dropdown list for more information on the various venues available to us.

Kayak transportation from Lansing, MI is available for an additional cost.

As the trip gets closer keep an eye out for an email with more specifics and a waiver. Any questions can be sent to info@thepowerofwater.net

Check out our Youtube channel for videos from previous years.

Narrow River

This is the perfect place for an Introduction to salty water paddling. We’ll explore boat control in current–ideal preparation for the tidal currents to come–as well as rock gardening where the river ends at the bay. The currents at the mouth of Narrow River let us practice ferry gliding in a very compact space. We can then land and take a look at the surf. Narragansett Bay is open to the ocean and usually gets a nice swell, with waves breaking at the mouth of the Narrow River. This area allows for a good intro to surf sessions and nice waves for more experienced sea kayak surfers. A few rescues in the surf will get us warmed up for a trip along the rocky shoreline. Whale Rock is located about a mile across the bay. It’s a small, rocky Island with the base of an old lighthouse that was washed away. It gives us a fun place to do a BCU 4-Star level rock landing and take a break.

Fishers Island Day

Ever wanted to paddle in a tidal race, but didn’t know how to get started? Tidal races and overfalls are unique natural phenomena created when ocean currents are squeezed by constricting land masses and/or shallow depths, causing increased current and turbulent water surfaces similar to paddling on a very large river in sea kayaks. This is a challenging and fun place to apply and sharpen existing skills as well as learn new ones.

Race Point is on the NE end of the The Race, a large tidal race at the mouth of the Long Island Sound. After landing at Race Point and having a break, we will paddle out to Race Point Light and experience paddling in moving water. This is an ideal location, as the lighthouse gives us a large eddy to rest in and to set up each session.

Block Island Crossing

On this open water journey, we will encounter various conditions created by the tides, currents and winds. We will have opportunities to surf small waves, handle the following and beam seas, work on navigation (in advance and en route), play in rock gardens and more. The currents will help us practice open water ferry gliding and navigation. You don’t want to miss the Island. After a snack and drink at a pub, the return trip will be by the Block Island Ferry. The price of the ferry is not included in the program fee.

Surf Day

Matunick Beach is the premier kayak surf beach on the RI coast. It has a variety of surf spots along a half-mile section of the beach. A point break and an offshore reef break present excellent skill development opportunities.  Surfing gives more thrills per minute than any other form of sea kayaking.

Ocean Skills Week

Ocean Skills Week

Come practice, grow, and learn in one of the Eastcoast’s prime paddling destinations.

Ocean Skills Week