Experience Sea Kayaking

$45/person, 3 hour class, maximum 8 participants

Want to see if sea kayaking is for you? Our Experience Sea Kayaking course is a great way to explore what sea kayaking is all about. Participants will be paired up to go out in our tandem sea kayaks, tandem sea kayaks are much more stable than singles; minimizing the possibility of tipping the boat. Learn about the parts of a sea kayak, safety gear needed for sea kayaking, paddle strokes, rudder steering, and experience out on the Bay what it is like to sea kayak. This course is a great introduction to the sport and short commitment to see if you might be interested in progressing into our Introduction to Sea Kayaking course or to gain experience in a tandem kayak before a night paddle.

Class Content Includes:

  • How to get into and out of your boat
  • Overview paddle stroke technique
  • Paddling in Bellingham Bay

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2017 Experience Sea Kayaking Class Dates:

August 26: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

$200/person, 9 hour class, maximum 8 participants

Our Introduction to Sea Kayaking course is split up into three sessions, each 3 hours long. This class progresses you from novice to ready to go out on your own. You will learn parts of the boat, what safety gear is needed to sea kayaking and how to use it,  how to steer the boat through edging, rudder steering, & strokes, wet exits, solo deep-water reentries, assisted deep-water reentries, as well as meet potential buddies to go kayaking with. This course sets you up to rent our sea kayaks in the future or to go out and buy your own boat. Instructor to student ratio is 1:4, one or two instructors will teach the course depending on the number of registrants.

Class Content Includes:

  • Parts of the kayak
  • How to get into and out of your boat
  • Proper paddle stroke technique
  • Forward stroke
  • Reverse stroke
  • Sweep stroke
  • Draw stroke
  • Efficiency in paddling
  • Wet exit practice
  • Assisted Rescue
  • Self rescue with paddle float
  • Paddling in Bellingham Bay

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2017 Intro to Sea Kayaking Class Dates/Times:

Sundays: August 6-20 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Saturdays: September 2-16 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Wet Exit & Recoveries

$80/person, 3.5 hour class, maximum 8 participants

Have you been out sea kayaking and didn't realize there is safety training needed? Or has is just been a while since you have practiced doing a wet exit and recovery? Or are you interested in renting our sea kayaks but have never done a wet exit or recovery? This course is designed to get you quickly out on the water practicing wet exits, and reentries. You will learn how to slow down and think through the steps, disengage your sprayskirt, and to get out of the boat to then begin the reentry. You will practice several methods of reentering your kayak including using a paddle float, cowboy method, and assisted. We provide you with all the gear needed including a wetsuit and spray jacket to keep you warm. If you would like to use your own boat that is okay too.

Class Content Includes:

  • Proper wet-exit techniques and tricks
  • Basic self-rescue using a paddle float (paddle floats are equipped with all our kayak rentals)
  • Basic assisted recovery

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2017 Wet Exit & Recovery Class Date/Time:

August 26: 1:30 - 5:00 PM

September 10: 1:00 - 4:30 PM


Race Prep & Safety Course for Ski-to-Sea

$90/person, 3.5 hour class, maximum 8 participants

Prepare for the Ski-to-Sea kayak leg through our Race Prep & Safety course. This course will cover how to safely do a wet exit and self recovery in deep water, paddling techniques and tips, quick launching, and an overview of the Ski-to-Sea kayak course.

Class Content Includes:

  • Overview of Ski-to-Sea Kayak leg
  • quickly entering and exiting boats at shoreline
  • paddle and steering techniques and tips
  • wet exits and recoveries

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Race Prep & Safety Course Date/Time:

May 14th: 1pm-4:30pm

Private Lessons

$50/hour, +$30/hour/additional student

Enjoy a customized lesson to fit your needs. Private lessons are a great way to enhance your kayaking skills and enjoy a one-on-one lesson. Our private lessons are tailored to your needs and wants. Lessons can include basic kayaking fundamentals, wet exits and recoveries, youth safety for sit-on-top kayaks, or whatever your needs and wants are.

Contact the Education Coordinator for more details or to schedule your private lesson.