This class is geared towards paddlers who have never been in a canoe or kayak and would like to venture into the world of paddling. This class will cover the basics of maintaining safety, stability while entering & exiting the canoe or kayak, as well as, basic paddle strokes and techniques for maneuvering and propelling your vessel.

This class will take place in the still water of Vermilionville’s Petit Bayou where paddlers can practice their paddle strokes in the safety of our pond.

The cost is $12 per person, which covers our vessel rental and guide fees. Capacity is set at 20 per class. Class times are 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. We will meet at Vermilionville (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508).

*Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to paddle date.

April 11 9:00 am – 11:00 am

May 9 9:00 am – 11:00 am

June 13 9:00 am – 11:00 am

September 12 9:00 am – 11:00 am

October 10 9:00 am – 11:00 am



This paddle is geared towards the paddler who has some previous paddling experience. If you are not quite comfortable, yet, with venturing into the water alone or would like to add to your repertoire of paddle strokes – this is the class for you.

This class will reinforce the importance of safety and stability while getting into and out of the canoe or kayak, as well as, cover more advanced paddle strokes. This will allow you to gain better control concerning the course of your vessel while maneuvering in the current of the Vermilion.

For this paddle trip a motorized safety vessel will be on standby to provide added security. The cost is $18 per person, which covers our vessel & paddle equipment, guide and American Canoe Association (i.e.insurance) fees.

Please arrive at Vermilionville (300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508) for 8:00 a.m. Please contact  Environmental@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or call 337-233-4077 ext. 215. 

February 29 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

April 25 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

May 30 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

June 27 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

July 25 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

August 29 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

October 31 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

November 28 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

December 12 8:00 am – 12:00 pm