Coastal Explorer Paddle - Experience Sea Kayaking

$79/person, 3 hour paddle, maximum 12 participants

Want to see if sea kayaking is for you? Our Coastal Explorer 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 the basics of sea kayaking while taking in the breath taking Bellingham Bay. Learn about the native flora and fauna of the Salish Sea and gain confidence on the water. This paddle is perfect for those looking to spend a few hours on the water, get an easy introduction to sea kayaking, or 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.

2018 Paddle Dates:

Custom dates available upon request!

Saturdays 6/2 - 9/1: 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm

Tuesday Afternoons 7/3 - 8/28: 2pm - 5pm

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Introduction to Sea Kayaking

$220/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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2018 Class Dates:

Custom dates available upon request!

Saturdays - 5/5 - 5/19: 10am - 1pm

Saturday & Sunday - 6/2 & 6/3: (two day course)

Tuesdays - 6/5 - 6/19: 6pm - 9pm

Saturdays - 6/9 - 6/23: 10am - 1pm

Wednesdays - 6/13 - 6/27: 6pm - 9pm

Saturday & Sunday 6/30 & 7/1: (two day course)

Sundays - 7/8 - 7/22: 2pm - 5pm

Wednesdays - 7/18 - 8/1: 6pm - 9pm

Sundays - 8/5 - 8/19: 10am - 1pm

Saturdays - 9/1 - 9/15: 10am - 1pm

Wet Exit & Recoveries

$89/person + 1hr FREE kayak rental, 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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2018 Class Dates:

Custom dates available upon request!

Saturday - 5/19: 2pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday - 6/6: 5:30pm - 9pm

Sunday - 7/1: 10am - 1:30pm

Saturday - 7/7: 10am - 1:30pm

Tuesday - 7/17: 5:30pm - 9pm

Wednesday - 8/8: 5:30pm - 9pm

CBC Ski to Sea Safety Prep Course

Race Prep & Safety Course for Ski-to-Sea

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

Learn more about Ski to Sea rentals!

Prepare for the Ski-to-Sea kayak leg through our Race Prep & Safety course. This course provides participants with a basic safety skill needed to recover themselves and their boat from a capsize in deep water. The class covers wet exit and self recovery technique (no rolling techniques are covered as this class is only intended for beginners or as a refresher), basic cold-water safety knowledge, paddling techniques and tips, quick launching, and discussion of the Ski to Sea race course (both long and short courses). Included in the price of the class are three 1-hour kayak rental vouchers for use for class participants who would like to practice prior to the race on May 27th.

  • Class Dates:
    • May 5, 2:00pm - 5:30
    • May 13, 10:00am - 1:00pm
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Private Lessons

$60/hour, +$40/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 Program Manager for more details or to schedule your private lesson.