Kayaking Classes

Kayak Rescue Class in a Warm Pool!

2 Hours – All Levels
Improve your kayak self and assisted rescue skills this winter in a warm pool near Seattle with our patient expert instructors!  Kitsap Class Dec 10 (11am-2pm); Seattle classes in Jan & Feb 2023

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Tides, Currents and Wind Basics

Seattle / Two – 3hr Evening Classroom Sessions / Instructor: Robert Nissenbaum
Learn how to work with tides, currents and wind to make smarter trip planning and paddling decisions. Prerequisite for ‘Marine Navigation’. Next Classes:  Dec 6 & 7 / Feb 7 & 8 in Seattle.  

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Trip Leader Training

2 – 3 Hour Classes  – Intermediate and Advanced / Non-certification class
In two 3 hour classes learn how to become a professional guide to lead groups on flat water. Instructor: Robert Nissenbaum.  Dates: Classroom: Jan 22 / On-water: Spring 2023

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Kayaking Rescue Class

2 HoursBeginning thru Adv – Pool Classes until Summer!
Learn self and group rescues by our patient ACA certified instructors. These skills will give you more confidence so you’ll have more fun.  Bremerton Pool 12/10 / Seattle Pool Jan & Feb

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Kayak Surfing Class

2 Days – Adv Beginner to Intermediate – 1-1 or Small Group to 4 people – Private Class
Learn how to surf your sea kayak on the Washington Coast at Hobuck with Kristy and Scott! Surfing is fun and will train you for more adventures. Available all year. Private class only! 

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Learn to Kayak - Level 1

2 Days  – Beginner or Refresher. Private Class
Learn about equipment, clothing, outfitting, launch/landing, stability, turns, wet-exit and self and 2 person rescue. All year.

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Learn to Kayak - Level 2

2 Days  – Advanced Beginner – Intermediate – Private Class
Take your kayaking skills to the next level. Learn how to turn easier with edging, paddle faster, get more stable, build confidence with small waves and practice rescues. All year.

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Kayaking Rolling Class

4 Personalized 1-1 or Small Group Private Session – Adv Beginner + / Instructor: Scott Dahlquist 
Learn the combat (layback) roll to stay safer and build confidence in rough water in your kayak in 4 – 2hr sessions. And improve your self and assisted rescues. Available all year.

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Tidal Rapids Kayaking Training at Deception Pass - Private Class

4 HoursIntermediate and Advanced 
Learn how to kayak in tidal rapids, improve rough water skills and gain confidence in a spectacular location! Great training for the Deception Pass Challenge. Available all year.  Private classes only. 

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**Please read through each class description before asking me how much the class costs and when we hold it. 

Check out Calendar for Group Class Dates.  Privates welcome anytime.

Covid-19 Update: Paddling is a naturally distanced activity. Instructors are vaccinated and all equipment is always cleaned.

Beginners start with Sup Basics 1 or Kayak 1 then progress to SUP Basics 2 or Kayak 2 before signing up for SUP or Kayak Surfing Camps, Deception Pass, etc.  If unsure of your skill level, contact me to discuss. Rental gear available.  We’re Open all year.


Contact me first about the class you’re interested in.


Beginning – No or limited experience. Intermediate – You can stand up, paddle straight, turn, paddle over small waves and boat wakes and fall and get back on easily. Advanced – You can SUP surf in 5′ waves or downwind in 30 kts or paddle Class 3 rivers and/or open water touring in coastal conditions.

Check out my Paddling Books – Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers and Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips, both from Mountaineers Books. 

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