Kayak Roll in Emerald Cave

Kayak Lessons

Beginner or Advanced

If you are looking for kayaking lessons, guide and instructor Robert Finlay can help you with that. 

Obviously hanging out in Emerald Cave upside down posing for the camera is sort of an advanced skill. But, I'm ready to help you begin kayaking or to help you advance your kayak skills to any level ~ Robert Finlay 

Below are four videos from my YouTube Playlist;  Kayak Lessons and Skills , showing just that. 
"I was just thinking how lucky I was to get my first lesson from you rather than some random kayak tour guide. You know your stuff and obviously really love what you do."   ~ James Patterson   


Robert Finlay is the man for a great experience. I had zero experience doing any Kayaking and Robert took his time letting me get used to the boat and also taught the techniques/skills. Great coach for a rookie like me, was very patient with me learning to keep balance. Thanks Robert



"Hey Paki (hawaiin for Robert) Thanks again for such a wonderful 1st time experience in kayaking...what a great upper body workout...I loved it! The instructions given and taught were very beneficial and you made it fun to learn. It was cool havin..." Junior from Las Vegas, Nevada             

Advanced Skills Video

I love getting people started in kayaking. Below I'm showing some advanced skills, but we all start as beginners.  
Note: Remember to unmute the volume. 

Kayaking Skills Videos

​​These videos on the top row show some 'advanced' beginner skills. These are skills every kayaker should eventually acquire. 

​The videos on the bottom row show definite advanced kayak skills.  Enjoy!

Kayaking Skills Articles



My articles on:       Kayak Skills        Map & Compass       Kayak Fitness             

"HFS! I've learned more in one day reading your skills pages than in a year of on-line surfing. Hope to get to Lake Mead sometime with my 18' cedar- glass boat. Sounds like my Kansas lakes but a lot bigger. Thanks for the info." ~ Dave from Kansas
Your website is unbelievable! I have been working on reading and viewing here for weeks! I would really like to do a week with your company next year and am working on the right itinerary for me. ~ Sherry Bunch
"Hey Robert! Guess what? I just did 2 pull ups! Yay!!! I had to take a week off from the gym because I went down to arkansas to work on a farm with a friend of mine, so it must've given my muscles a chance to really recover and I busted 2 out today as soon as I got home! Now I've got something to work with, and I'm one step closer to becoming a smoke jumper =)  Thanks for your help and encouaragement!  And good luck in all of your adventure races!" ~ Emily Garlough from the High Sierra

Booking a Kayak Lesson

I don't schedule large groups for kayak lessons. Taking either a beginner or advance a kayak lesson with me is a personal matter.  The group size for any of my lessons can be just 1 but is limited to a maximum of 4 people.  

Contact me to establish what you want to accomplish and we'll coordinate an available date. 

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