$250, two days
$350, three days
Build a foundation of good boat handling skills. Explore how those skills can help you use wind, current, and waves to your advantage instead of fighting them. Plan and execute a trip in moderately protected waters.
Day 1 Isolate and play with the mechanics of paddling during a body-boat-blade workshop. Build a more instinctive mastery of principles and strokes.
Day 2 Review boat edging and develop balance. Enjoy an afternoon "discovery" session on wind and how to apply skills and understanding to paddle more efficiently in conditions. Evening session on planning the final day's journey.
Day 3 A trip, for example, through the islands of the Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge. Put new skills to work, receive feedback along the way.