Canoe, Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Instruction

Learn to Canoe, Kayak or Stand Up Paddle with Rutabaga Outdoor Programs!

Whether you’re new to paddling or a seasoned veteran, Rutabaga Outdoor Programs can help you improve the quality and enjoyment of your paddling experiences. For over 30 years we’ve taught thousands of children and adults the skills to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddling (SUP). We invite you to discover our wide range of classes for all ages and abilities. We hope you'll join us on the water this season!

Summer Fun for Kids! There is a lot of summer fun to be had on the water! Get your kids outdoors with Rutabaga's Kids Paddling Camps.

American Canoe Association Instructor Certification - Check out Rutabaga's ACA instructor certification courses for Canoe, Kayak and SUP. Learn more about how you can share your love of paddling!

Door County Sea Kayak Symposium
Discover the beauty of Door County from a sea kayak and become part of the kayaking community! Learn more and register at

Weather Information
If the weather looks questionable for the Madison area on the day of your class, please call our Rutabaga Weather Line for current information about cancellations. We update the recording as conditions change so please check in 2-3 hours before your class is scheduled to begin.
Rutabaga Weather Line: 608-310-3868

Thanks for your interest in learning with Rutabaga. See you on the water!

Nancy Saulsbury
Amelia Musser
Rutabaga Outdoor Programs