LEARN TO KAYAK Level 3 - Trip Training

Learn to Kayak Level 3 – Trip Training

Learn to kayak Level 3 will give you the skills for preparing for and going on an overnight paddling trip on Puget Sound.

Puget Sound is home to the Cascadia Marine Water Trail which has over 75 paddle-in campsites and the NW has tons of lakes, rivers, and estuaries to explore.

This 2 day (one night) class will prepare you for outfitting your boat for trips, show you how what to bring, how to pack your boat and use marine navigation to plan your trip and keep you on course on-water whether in wind, current and/or at night or in fog.  You’ll also learn how to avoid boating traffic and ships.

You’ll also learn how to use tidal current with marine navigation for getting to and from your destination.

Once on shore, we’ll show you where and how to set up camp, drying of gear, safe storing of food and how to explore each location whether on land or water.

This is a Self Catered trip, meaning you’ll bring and cook your own food.  We can assist with kayak camping tips.

Possible Destinations: Hope and Skagit Islands, Blake Island, South Puget Sound

Covid-19 Update:  SBP is open to individual and small groups to 4 people. We follow current Covid guidance. All gear is always cleaned. Instructors are vaccinated. 

Your Instructors / Guides

Instructor Bios – Robert Nissenbaum, Scott Dahlquist and Kristy Guterriez

Check out my bookKayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips


Who Should Take this Class / Trip?

You should have completed our Kayak Level 1 & 2 or Ultimate Kayak Classes.  You have solid self and assisted rescue skills. And basic swimming skills

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • Learn about kayak equipment and clothing for expeditions
  • How to outfit your kayak for better fit, to store gear and for safety on trips
  • How and what to pack for overnight trips
  • Using Marine Navigation to plan your trip and stay on course
  • Learn how to avoid boating and shipping traffic and how to use those your advantage
  • Find out how to use tidal current to assist you for a free ride and how to avoid it
  • Rough water skills in open water and how wind and waves can be helpful
  • Kayak camping skills – where and how to camp on the Salish Sea
  • Learn how to keep our beaches and waters clean of debris and leave your camp as you found it
  • Anything you want to learn? Our classes can be customized to your interests.

Class Details:

Class Size: 1 – 4 people.

Location: Puget Sound. We’ll determine which location per the weather forecast and tides/currents.

Who Should Go?  You’ve taken our Level 1 & 2 classes and/or have similar experience.  You have solid self and assisted rescue skills and know how to swim (basics).

Food: This is a Self Catered trip, meaning you’ll bring and cook your own food.  We can assist with kayak camping tips.

Duration: 2 days, one night. Learn at your own pace.

Schedule: Available all year.

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:1 / 1:4


June 8-9, 24-25 / July 9-10 with Robert Nissenbaum.

After Class Extras

  • Instructor Follow-up After Class – We’ll send you a summary of skills you learned in your lesson as well as our favorite marine weather and tides apps.
  • You’ll able to join our Facebook Alumni Group to continue learning and for connecting with other paddlers.
  • SBP owner Rob Casey or your instructor is always available to help you find paddling gear, find places to paddle and help you get to your next level.
  • Get a 20% discount from Mountaineers Books for any title. Or get Rob’s book: ‘Kayaking Puget Sound.’
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!


Group Class (3+ Students): 609 per person

2 Person Private Class: 913 per person

1 Person (1-1): 1.827

+ Add Rental Gear:

  • Stable Sea kayak, paddle, pump, paddle float, spray skirt, PFD (life vest) – ($30 per person)
  • Full 4/3mm or 5/4mm wetsuit, booties, hood, gloves ($15 per person)
  • Bringing your own gear? *Required Fall-Spring: Drysuit or full 5/4mm wetsuit, winter booties, gloves, hood, vest PFD, sprayskirt for closed deck boats, paddle, kayak with floatation or bulkheads.

Contact us to Sign Up!

“I can’t speak highly enough of Scott Dahlquist as a kayak instructor through Salmon Bay Paddle! I had two excellent level 1 lessons this past weekend and I learned SO MUCH. I also learned that there is much to learn! I was very nervous about self-rescues but Scott was super supportive and coached me through 3 of them.
Icing on the cake was that the class came with a bonus herd of seals! Thanks to this group for the excellent recommendation. I’m excited to practice what I’ve learned and keep the momentum going so it’s time to buy a kayak! “
Anna M

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