Intro to Greenland Kayaking

Covid-19 Update: Paddling is a naturally distanced activity. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore no mask on-water. All gear is always cleaned. ​Instructors are vaccinated. 

Intro to Greenland Kayaking will give you a foundation for learning how to hold it, the stroke, bracing, self-rescue and choosing a ‘stick.’​

Who would use a “stick” to paddle a kayak?

The Greenland paddle was used by the Inuit paddlers of Greenland, predating the European style blade by thousands of years. There’s a reason for its design.The paddle’s evolution was heavily influenced by the need for stealth and speed required for hunting.

For the modern sea kayaker, the ‘stick’ provides power and efficiency combined with less strain and improved maneuverability and recovery options.

Intro to Greenland Kayaking is geared to advanced beginners and up with good working knowledge of strokes, braces, and rescues wanting to improve their efficiency using a Greenland Paddle or learn more about them.

Your Coach – Robert Nissenbaum

An adventure seeker, Robert has paddled much of the Puget Sound, kayaking and camping year-round, navigating tidal currents, wind, rough water, and large, open-water crossings. He is an ACA certified instructor, member of Washington Kayak Club, and instructor with the North Sound Sea Kayaking Association. Robert also has the ACA Advanced Communications Instructor Endorsement and can work with students with vision impairment or blindness, hearing impairment, deafness and speech impairments.

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • We’ll look at the advantages (and myths) of using a Greenland paddle over a Euro blade.
  • You’ll be introduced to efficiently using a Greenland paddle from how to hold it to stroke, bracing, and rescue techniques.
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right Greenland paddle.


This is a 3 hour class

Private or Public Group Classes (3-4 Students): 189 per person

2 Person Rate: 239 per person

Individual Rate (1-1): 399

We recommend wetsuits or dry suits and booties even in Summer as the Sound doesn’t really warm up.  Our suits are toasty warm, flexible and comfortable. 

OK TO USE YOUR OWN GEAR. It’s best to learn on your own gear if you have it. But please don’t buy gear just for our class. Try our gear first!

ADD RENTAL GEAR:  $20 Greenland paddle, 4/3mm wetsuit, hood, booties & gloves.

Rates are non-negotiable / Gratuities are always welcome. 

Contact me to book a class.

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