Introduction To Kayaking

Community Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

What People are saying:

", I am going to get serious in looking for a kayak of my own. Thanks again for your time and willingness to do this." J.O.

The Introduction to Kayaking course is designed to teach beginner paddlers how to safely and enjoyably kayak on lakes, calm, protected, ocean environments and other flat water settings.

Join the experienced Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi kayaking instructors for this 8-hour course that makes an absolute beginner a proficient kayaker and takes experienced kayakers to new levels of enjoyment and proficiency in one day!

The Introduction to Kayaking course is designed to teach beginner paddlers how to safely and enjoyably kayak on lakes, calm, protected, ocean environments and other flat water settings. Experienced kayakers will also benefit from instruction in advanced paddling techniques and other skills that will greatly enhance their enjoyment.

Participants in this course will be specially outfitted with top quality boats, paddles and life jackets for the day.

Things you will learn:

  • Proper selection and usage of safety equipment
  • Kayaking terminology
  • How to identify and reduce risks
  • Trip planning
  • All about kayaks and paddles
  • Carrying, launching and boarding a kayak
  • Maneuvering and controlling a kayak on the water
  • "Rules of the Road"
  • Rescue and Safety


  • Participant must be 18 or over (or 14 and over and in the company of a parent)
  • Willingness to learn, have fun, and get wet

What to Wear:

  • A swimsuit; or clothes you don’t mind getting wet
  • Water shoes, or shoes that can get wet
  • A hat and sunglasses
  • A towel

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking water
  • Money for lunch
  • A small, waterproof daypack with other items you may need during the day; be sure that it can be secured to your waist (or your body)

 ( Printable list Here )



What to Expect

The first half of the Introduction to Kayaking course takes place in the swimming pool where participants learn the basics and practice handling a kayak in a safe, controlled environment.


After lunch, participants are transported to the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail near Port Aransas. This area is one of the preeminent natural environments in the state and an ideal place for kayak touring. Lighthouse Lakes is renowned among birdwatchers, nature tourists, and anglers on the prowl for redfish and trout for its richness and abundance of wildlife. Participants are guided on an afternoon paddling tour of the area

Course Tuition: $100.00 per participant

Course Dates: Introduction to Kayaking courses are held on the last Saturday as scheduled, weather permitting, except Saturday's after major holidays.


About the Instructor

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi kayaking instructors have been conducting educational kayaking programs since 1998 and are fully certified by the American Canoe Association, the national leader in paddle sport education and instruction since 1880.

Joe Miller Joe Miller

A lifelong avid outdoorsman, Joe has been kayaking the waters of South Texas since 1995. He's been teaching kayaking formally since 2006. He received his full Kayaking Instructor's Certification from the American Canoe Association in 2008.

No two work days are ever the same for Joe Miller. The director of Education and Youth Issues is fulfilled through the variety his position offers and the wide spectrum of people he interacts with daily. His day may start on a kayak in the Laguna Madre and end with an important community meeting. Miller, who recently received his five-year pin, joined the Community Outreach team in September 2004 and has overseen a variety of initiatives to help bridge the gap for youth transitioning into higher education. This summer he'll lead Community Outreach's first Lego Battle Bot Camp where children ages 9-13 work hands-on with advanced pieces, small electronics and motors. He also helps coordinate more than 30 University summer camps and partners with Dean of Community Outreach Jim Needham with environmental education/kayaking programs. Through his work, Miller wants to ensure that kids in Corpus Christi feel they have a special place at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He's also involved with grant-writing collaborations, numerous committees and advisory boards, and developed and directs the Elite Islander Program, which enables qualified area high school students to take classes on campus for dual credit. Currently, Miller is earning his own credit - a master's in Public Administration with a 4.0 grade point average. He is married to Kimberly Miller, assistant director of University Services. They have two children.

To learn more about Joe visit his Staff Bio.

For More Information

Joe Miller 
Director of Education & Youth Issues 
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 






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