Our Group Paddles

Our group outings are a mix of fun on the water, socializing, and basic skills instruction. All participants will be on our tandem sea kayaks, which are incredibly stable boats for new or novice paddlers. We'll provide instruction on entering/exiting, fitting, and maneuvering the boat, but the focus is the on-water experience. 

Our guides are experienced kayakers with knowledge of the local area, the skills to keep you safe, and plenty of experiences to learn from. Each guided evening paddle is three hours from start to finish with a break sometime in the middle. We'll provide light snacks but please bring water and any personal snacks you'll want. If you've never been on Bellingham Bay or in a kayak, this is a great introduction to both!

On these group paddles you will be paired up to go out in tandem sea kayaks; no need to bring a partner, we will make sure everyone has someone to kayak with whether it is another participant or an instructor. No prior kayaking experience is needed as well, we will go over the boat adjustments to make sure you are comfortable and in control of the boat, dress you in safety gear, go over kayak strokes, and help you get in and out of your boat.

Bioluminescence Paddle


The Bioluminescence Paddle is by far the most popular paddle we offer. The bioluminescence that we see in the water is a plankton that lights up with disturbance of the water. This paddle is only offered during the summer when the bioluminescent plankton is present.

2017 Bioluminescence Paddle Dates/Times

Friday 8/11: 8:15 - 11:15 PM (Full)

Saturday 8/12: 8:15 - 11:15 PM (Full)

Friday 8/18: 8:15 - 11:15 PM (Full)

Saturday 8/19: 8:15 - 11:15 PM (Full)

Saturday 8/26: 8:00 - 11:00 PM (Full)

Friday 9/1: 7:30 - 10:30 PM (Full)

Saturday 9/2: 7:30 - 10:30 PM (Full)

Friday 9/15: 7:30 - 10:30 PM

Saturday 9/16: 7:30 - 10:30 PM (Full)

Friday 9/22: 7:00 - 10:00 PM (Full)

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 *availability may be limited - If you have a party of 6 or more, contact the Education Coordinator about a private paddle date/time.

Full Moon Paddle


Being out on the water when there is a full moon is great fun. The light of the moon makes it so you can easily see. Often, the moon either rises or sets while we are out on the water; when this happens we can often see bioluminescence when the moon is not in the sky.

2017 Full Moon Paddle Dates/Times

*no more paddles for the season

Sunset Paddle


Enjoy a classic Pacific Northwest sunset while out on the water. This paddle meets prior to sunset so that we have plenty of time to get out on the water before the sun goes down.

2017 Sunset Paddle Dates/Times

*no more paddles for the season scheduled

* If you have a party of 6 or more, contact the Education Coordinator about a private paddle date/time.

Nearshore Paddle


Are you interested in learning about local ecology while out on the water? Our Nearshore Paddle combines environmental education with our Experience Sea Kayaking course to get the best of both worlds.  Each paddle has a theme that will guide the discussion, themes may include geology, waterfront history, ecology, and/or sea birds. Already passionate about one of the themes? Come along and help the instructor(s) share local knowledge.

No Nearshore Paddles set for 2017. Please contact the Education Coordinator if you are interested in a Nearshore Paddle