Kayaking Classes

Learn to Kayak - Level 1

2 Days  – Beginner or Refresher
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
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 Rescue Class

3 HoursBeginning thru Adv
Learn self and group rescues by our patient ACA certified instructors. These skills will give you more confidence so you’ll have more fun.  All year including Fall-Spring pool option.

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Tides, Currents and Wind Basics

Seattle / 2 – 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 Class: Sept 6 & 7 in Seattle

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Kayak Surfing Camp

2 Days – Adv Beginner to Intermediate 
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. Aug 13 & 14

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Kayaking Rolling Class

4 Personalized Sessions – Advanced Beginner + / Instructor: Scott Dahlquist
Learn the combat (layback) roll to stay safer and build confidence in rough water in your kayak. And improve your self and assisted rescues. 

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Shilshole Bay Kayak Skills Tour

3 Hrs – Beginner + 
Explore beautiful Shilshole and Salmon Bays. Visit the Ballard Locks or Shilshole Marina, see friendly harbor seals, bald eagles and the Olympic Mountains. Includes basic instruction. Private Tours only. 

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Tidal Rapids Kayaking Training at Deception Pass

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. Next Class: July 20th

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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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