Covid-19 Update:  SBP is open to individual and small groups to 4 people for Phase 2. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned. 

The Class..

Learn to kayak so you can get great exercise with a view, find a perfect escape after work and explore our inland waterways and coastal areas throughout the year.

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 session class will prepare you to paddle on your own and will give you the skills to wet exit, re-enter a kayak, stay stable, turn on a dime, go over boat and wind waves and paddle efficiently and injury free. You’ll also learn about kayaks and accessories including clothing.

After completing this class, we recommend you take Level 2 where you’ll continue to progress your skills towards becoming an experienced kayaker in the Pacific NW.

Contact me if you want a custom class covering specific skills.

Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard. Alternative locations ok upon request. Travel fees for outside of Greater Seattle. Available all year.

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

Core Skills You’ll Gain in Level 1

  • Learn about kayak equipment and clothing
  • How to outfit your kayak for better fit and comfort
  • How to launch and land a kayak
  • Find out how to turn your boat with sweep turns
  • Use draw strokes to go sideways for better control
  • Learn how to wet exit and re-enter your boat solo and with another paddler
  • Get boat handling skills so you can go where you want
  • Learn a powerful forward stroke requiring minimal effort to paddle further easier
  • Learn bomber stability skills to stay drier in rough water.
  • Find out how to paddle on Salmon and Shilshole Bays in Seattle

Class Details:

Class Size: 1 – 4 people.

Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard / Seattle

Duration: Two 3 hour sessions. Learn at your own pace.

Schedule: Contact me to schedule.  Available all year.

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:1 / 1:2

Instructor Follow-up: We will send you a summary of skills you learned in class. Additional kayak or sup classes take $10 off. Join our FB Alumni Group to connect with other paddlers.


Group Class (4 Students): 339 per person with rentals / 299 per person with your gear.

2 Person Rate: 449 per person with rentals / 399 per person with your gear

Individual Rate (1-1): 499 with rentals / 473 with your own gear.

* Rentals Include: Sea kayak, paddle, PFD (life vest), toasty wetsuit, spray skirt, booties, gloves.

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Skill Prerequisites: NONE

Beginner level. You have had no or limited kayaking experience. You should have basic swimming skills. 

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