Why take a class with us? Over the past three years, your lead instructor, Daren, has ranked within the top ten in the American Canoe Association (ACA) Annual Instructor Contest. This is an international competition contest for ACA instructors in all ACA disciplines who teach Level 1 and Level 2 courses (our Kayak Kickstart and Essentials sessions).

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a group kayaks Cedar Creek, Cedarburg Wi. a gentile paddle through wooded shorelines
Trust your PFD
relaxing summertime paddle
family fun kayak paddle
kayak essential
A group of three adults enjoy an easy kayak paddle trip down a small town.
Besties having fun on the Milwaukee river outside Grafton
Playful wave action on Lake Michigan seakayaking
A group of student kayakers are sinning inside the kayaks on the ground, getting last minute instruction.
Group kayak trip on Big Cedar Lake, Wi. six people on a lake with lily pads, cat tails and some trees on the side of the lake during summer
kayaks resting along Cedar Creek, Cedarburg Wi
A group of four kayaks on the river outside Mequon. The water has small patches of duck algae to paddle through.

Our Mission at Silent Wake is to provide a safe, educational, and enjoyable process to learn how to kayak. We provide the means, you provide the desire. We are conveniently located between West Bend and Port Washington, Wi.

Curious about paddling the Milwaukee River? Find current water levels here. For most of the northern sections, we suggest paddling on the river when levels are above 6.3 gauge height. Wish to understand what CFS and gage height mean? Read this.

Looking to sea kayak in Lake Michigan near Port Washington? Have a look at the South Beach camera (South Beach cam has had some issues). Otherwise, one can use the Port marina camera and scan the horizon.

Need a refresher video on some paddling techniques, how to wear a PFD, or some other fun kayaking tidbits? Check out our YouTube channel.

  • My husband and I had a great experience with Silent Wake since this was our first time kayaking. Both of us wanted to try kayaking to see if we... read more

    Joan Martin
    September 24, 2021
  • I and my two daughters did the Kayak Kickstarter class with Darren. Darren did a great job teaching us all of the important aspects of being beginner kayakers and also... read more

    Stephanie Peplin
    August 24, 2020
  • Daren and Kristen are fun loving and a joy to be around! However, Safety and effective kayaking are always the first priority. They will correct and educate... read more

    Mary Williams
    August 24, 2021
  • I took their kayak rescue class a couple weekends ago. Was a great learning experience! They are great teachers. Would recommend it!

    Patrick Bragelman
    August 23, 2022
  • We did a kayak essentials class and it was incredibly helpful, from proper clothing, to safety, to communication skills and paddling strokes, we learned so much in a relaxed and... read more

    Margaret Zacher
    August 24, 2021
  • Booked a kayak sampler trip with Daren for my extended family. Not only was Daren able to get all five of us in for a trip on the upper... read more

    Michael Stiehl
    August 24, 2021
  • As a “newbie” kayak-er, I was very impressed with the important and detailed kayak instruction information given in an hour of time!! Since I had a sprained wrist, I was... read more

    Arley Rodriguez
    June 24, 2022
  • My 9 year old grandson and I had never tried kayaking before. I found Silent Wake searching the web and I am so glad I did! Daren and Kristen were... read more

    Susie Krause
    August 24, 2021
  • I took the essentials class and learned so much! Darren and Chris were extremely knowledgeable about the craft and helped me to understand the importance of the right gear and... read more

    Heidi Friedrichs
    August 24, 2021
  • I had a great experience with Silent Wake. Daren's extensive experience kayaking was evident. He's an excellent teacher and guide and was responsive to all questions and concerns. Our time... read more

    Rob Kaleta
    September 24, 2021