In search of a credentialed/certified/pro sea kayak coach in the NYC/Long Island area. In my searching, I found the Kayak Foundation in Brooklyn and Sea Kayak Connecticut, both of which have an assortment of experienced coaches according to the websites. Looking for feedback about your experiences with them or alternatives.
Background: I’m looking to refresh my skills after a long hiatus from kayaking. I was very active, solid intermediate skills, took rolling and rescue classes. Stopped and sold all my gear when kids came. Dipped a toe back in this summer, love it still but realize some skills have deteriorated. The people and shops I used to frequent are long gone or have transitioned to SUP rentals. The local club has a “you must have your own boat” rule, so that will have to wait.
I’m looking for an actual coach, not a summer hire at a rental place. I’m willing to drive a bit but some of the ‘more famous’ coaches (my description) are 5 hours round trip away and that’s a little too far at this point for a basic skills refresher. I’m in Nassau County, NY.
Thanks in advance.