LEARN TO KAYAK - Level 1
Covid-19 Update: SBP is open to individual and small groups to 4 people. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned. Instructors are vaccinated.
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 will send you a follow-up of skills learned in this course as well as things for you to work on plus essential padding resources to continue your learning. By joining our FB Alumni Group you can connect with other paddlers and start exploring PNW waters! You will also receive alumni discounts going forward.
Instructor Bios – Robert Nissenbaum and Scott Dahlquist
We recommend you continue to Level 2 where you’ll continue to progress your skills towards becoming an experienced kayaker in the Pacific NW. Next steps are our Kayak Rescue and Kayak Rolling classes.
Contact me if you want a custom class covering specific skills. Open all year.
Location: Shilshole Bay in Ballard. Alternative locations ok upon request. Travel fees for outside of Greater Seattle. Available all year.
Check out my book ‘Kayaking 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
Private Classes Only
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 / 1:4
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!
Kayak Level 1 is two 3 hour sessions
1 Person (1-1): 697
2 Person Rate: 397 per person
Group Class (3-4 Students): 297 per person
+ 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.
Skill Prerequisites: NONE
Beginner level. You have had no or limited kayaking experience. You should have basic swimming skills.