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Kayaking Classes

Covid-19 Notice – PLEASE READ..

SBP is open for individual and small group lessons (1-4 p capacity) people. Paddling is a naturally distanced activity and great for much exercise and fresh air.

WHERE TO START? 

Open all year, we offer private beginning, intermediate and advanced kayaking lessons. My coaches are known for their patience and their love for sharing their passion for kayaking. Some are ACA certified.

Read about my coaches here. Use your gear or rent ours. I provide toasty winter gear such as full wetsuits, booties, life jackets, hoods and more.

Most classes are private or semi-private – meaning you and/or your friends and family. Classes are kept small (1-4 people) so you get the most personalized instruction possible.

Classes can be customized to your interests.  Basic Kayaking classes will be taught in Seattle at the Ballard Elks beach but lakes can be an option upon request.  Browse classes below.

HOW TO SIGN UP
  • Contact me first about the class you’re interested in.
SKILL LEVELS

Beginning – You’re new to paddling and/or have limited experience.

Intermediate – You have at least a year of regular paddling in a variety of conditions, can paddle in small waves, wind and on boat wakes, can capsize, wet-exit and get back in on your own.

Advanced – You can comfortably paddle in large surf or downwind in high winds or paddle rivers and/or open water or swift current in most big conditions.

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

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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The Ultimate Kayaking Class

5 Sessions  – Beginner – Intermediate
With five 3 hour sessions, learn to kayak in this comprehensive course taught by our patient ACA instructors. All year.

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Greenland Kayaking Intro

3 Hrs – Intermediate & Advanced 
Learn Greenland Kayaking from SBP coach Robert Nissenbaum. Using a ‘stick’ reduces shoulder stress while still giving you the power you need for speed and long trips. Available all year. 

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Kayaking Rolling Class

4 Sessions – Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Learn the combat (layback) roll to stay safer and build confidence in rough water in your kayak.  All Year

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Kayak Freighter Wave Surfing Class

3 Hours – Intermediate and Advanced
Learn how to surf epic waves on Puget Sound on your sea or surf/ww kayak. Spring-Summer.

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Weekly Kayaking Training Program

Weekly – All Levels
Get weekly kayaking training! Start as a beginner or build your intermediate or advanced skills.  Private Classes Only.  Available all year.

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Tug Surfing for Kayaks

3 Hours – Intermediate and Advanced
Find out when, where and how to surf epic half mile wakes from coastal tugs in Seattle.  Wed & Friday

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Kayak Surfing Class

2 Days – Intermediate & Advanced
Learn how to surf ski coastal waves on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State. 2 day class. All year. 

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Cypress Island Adventure Skills Trip / San Juan Islands

2 Nights (3 days) Intermediate – Learn how to plan and paddle a multi-day paddling trip in the San Juan Islands. Camp on an island overlooking Bellingham Channel with epic views of Guemes and Lummi Islands.  June – Aug

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Cypress Island Adventure Skills Trip / San Juan Islands

2 Nights (3 days) Adv Beginner – Intermediate. Learn how to plan and paddle a multi-day paddling trip on Puget Sound. Paddle to Blake Island, one on the most accessible and picturesque islands within sight of Seattle. Available all year

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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. All year. Next Class: March 6

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Kayak Downwinding

3 HoursIntermediate and Advanced 
Learn how surf your sea kayak in high wind conditions on Puget Sound. Downwinding allows for surfing anywhere!  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.

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