Sea Kayak Classes


Gain all the knowledge and skills you will need from our certified instructors to allow you to take your kayaking to the next level. From a one day course, designed to shore up basic skills, to a full two day learning experience, we have a course that suits your needs. Our certified instructors are knowledgeable, passionate and eager to help you gain the skills needed to explore the world's waters safely.  


Sea Kayaking 101


1 day, 9am-5pm

Kayaking 101 is a one day jump start into the world of sea kayaking.  Taught by our ACA certified instructors, this course will teach you the basic skills to be safe and efficient while on the water.

Topics covered:

  • paddle strokes/efficiency 

  • injury prevention

  • personal rescue techniques 

  • wet-exits & re-entry 

  • water-based navigation 

  • multi-day trip planning 

This is a great course for those looking to learn new kayaking skills and/or brush up on current paddling knowledge.   Conforming to ACA standardized course material it will familiarize you with time tested skills and the paddling/safety theory behind them.  By the end of this class, you will gain the confidence needed to use a kayak as a platform to travel and explore.   


Bring your own kayak or rent a kayak and all necessary gear for $50 for the day course. Wet suit or dry suit and other personal accessories are required, but not included in rental (let us know if you need help sourcing any gear). Please bring water, lunch and a spare change of dry/warm clothes. There will be a 45 minute break between morning and afternoon sessions.

Please bring:

  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Water shoes
  • Warm, non-cotton layers
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Lunch, water bottle, snacks

Gear required (available to rent at checkout):

  • Single sea kayak and paddle
  • PFD
  • Helmet
  • Spray skirt
  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle float
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Shilshole Bay Marina, W-dock

7901 Seaview Ave NW

(By the Corinthian Yacht Club, just South of Golden Gardens)



Tours are now closed for the season.

Check back in April 2021!


Closed for the Season.

Check back in May!

*Up-to-date closures due to weather HERE

Contact Us
(206) 494-3353

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