Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Everett - 2019

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Everett

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

The Everett Chapter Sea Kayaking Committee invites you to its Basic Sea Kayaking Class. This is a once-a-year offering that will provide you with a thorough and safe introduction into the great world of sea kayaking.  Learn the basic paddling strokes, how to get back in if you end up out of your boat and in the water, trip planning, proper and necessary equipment, and important safety guidelines and procedures. On top of all of this you'll meet a great bunch of new friends that you'll enjoy paddling with during and after the class.

To participate in Mountaineer-sponsored kayak trips, you must be a Mountaineer Member and a graduate or continuing student of this course, or have received equivalency.

Course Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites, however, kayaking requires good physical condition, a positive mental attitude, a significant commitment of time and effort, and a compliment of kayaking gear.

Eligibility: The course is open to Mountaineer members, age 18 and over, or 16 years old when a parent or guardian is also taking the class.

Course Registration and Enrollment: Course is limited to 20 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment and enrollment process is through the Mountaineers Program Center or website.  Although there is a "non-member" price option it makes more sense to join the Mountaineers and then sign up and pay for the course as a member.  Enrollment will close when the course fills or on March 16, 2019, whichever comes first.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Attend all scheduled lectures (4).
  • Satisfactorily complete pool and open water sessions.
  • Satisfactorily complete two student paddles after last lecture and before September 30, 2020.
  • All requirements must be completed by September 30 of the course year.

Course Structure and Dates:

  • Lecture Dates:
  1. 4/4/19, Thursday
  2. 4/11/19, Thursday
  3. 4/18/19, Thursday
  4. 4/25/19, Thursday 

Lectures are from 6PM to 9PM at Snohomish PUD Office, 2320 California St. Everett, WA 98201

  • Pool Session is on Saturday, 4/6/19  from 4:30PM to 8:30PM at Forest Park Swim Center; 802 E. Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett,  WA 98203
  • Open Water Session is on Saturday, 4/20/19 from 8AM to 5PM at Flowing Lake County Park, 17900 48th St. SE, Snohomish, WA 98290 .
  • Student paddles are available throughout the summer.  We will schedule your first student paddle opportunity for 4/27/19 or 4/28/19.  Plan on one or the other of those dates, not both. These dates are not mandatory but we schedule them so you can get one of your two required student paddles completed while all the class experiences are fresh in your mind.  Please plan on participating on one of those dates if possible.  You'll find it convenient since there will be a coordinated effort for rental equipment, if you need it,  delivered to the paddle site.  Paddle launch site is Cornet Bay Boat Ramp (Part of Deception Pass State Park) with paddle planned to Skagit and Hope Islands

Attendance at all lectures, pool session, and open water session is required to complete the cours-, so please plan accordingly. There is no protocol for make-up sessions.

Questions? Call Bill Coady at 541-880-8222 (mobile) or email at

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Sea Kayaking Lecture
Snohomish County PUD
Thu, Apr 2, 2020
Registration closed Mar 15
20 participants
10 instructors
Snohomish County PUD
Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Registration closed Mar 15
20 participants
10 instructors
Snohomish County PUD
Thu, Apr 16, 2020
Registration closed Mar 15
20 participants
10 instructors
Snohomish County PUD
Thu, Apr 23, 2020
Registration closed Mar 15
20 participants
10 instructors
Basic Sea Kayaking Pool Session
Forest Park Swim Center
Sat, Apr 11, 2020
Registration closed Mar 15
20 participants
18 instructors
Basic Sea Kayaking Open Water Practice
Flowing Lake Park
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration closed Mar 15
20 participants
17 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

Equipment Requirements and Costs: 

You must have access to a sea kayak (no sit-on-tops, white water, or lake play boats), paddle, spray skirt, dry suit, PFD, and assorted kayaking essentials.


Most equipment can be rented.  You are not required to own a kayak or accessories prior to taking the course. The course fee includes equipment for the pool session.  Rental or purchase of equipment for the open water session and the student paddles is additional.  Costs and options will be explained in more detail at the first lecture. If you don't have your own equipment or access to acceptable equipment then you should plan on these general rental costs:

  • Boat, gear, and dry suit rental for Open Water Session:  Approximately $125.
  • Boat, gear, and dry suit rental for each Student Paddle:  Approximately $125 per paddle
  • Course fee covers boats, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, paddle float, and bilge pump for the Pool Session.
Course Materials
Kayak Trip Rating Chart

Kayak Transportation Information-Tie Down, Etc.

A Paddling Emergency Ditch Kit

article published on by Bryan Hansel

Safety Presentation

Presentation from 4/13/17 Course Lecture

Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound User Manual

Contains detailed information about how and when to report to the Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound (VTSPS) before, during, and after any travel through the VTSPS area. This information applies to sea kayakers. The Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound facilitates “the safe and efficient transit of vessel traffic to assist in the prevention of collisions or groundings that could cost lives, property damage, or subject the waters of this beautiful area to environmental harm... Many regulations contained herein are applicable to all vessels, no matter the size, operating in the Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound Area. While certain regulations are applicable only to vessels of certain length, tonnage, and/or engaged in certain specific activities, it is incumbent upon the operator of any vessel in this area to be familiar with the regulations for the particular type vessel being operated.“

Code of the Responsible Sea Kayaker

Kayak Features_Materials_Summary

Summary of terms, discussion of materials, review of types and topics to consider when buying a kayak.

U.S. Chart Number 1 (Chart Symbols)

U.S. Chart No. 1 describes the symbols, abbreviations, and terms used on nautical charts. Use this link to download Chart Number 1 as a PDF or to find a printed version.

NOAA Chart Locator

Use this link to the Office of Coast Survey to find the Chart Locator. From there, chose the option for paper and select the chart you want. Options available include view, buy, and PDF. The buy option will take you to a list of registered Print On Demand (POD) agents. We recommend Frugal Navigator ( for POD.

NOAA Tide Predictions

Use this link to access tide predictions charts and tables.

NOAA Current Predictions

Use this link to access NOAA current prediction charts and tables.

NOAA Marine Weather Seattle

Marine Zone Forecast for the northern and central Washington coastal and inland waters. Also provides a clickable map for more detailed area “pinpoint” forecasts but don’t forget the bigger picture in the zone for the overall region.

Heal In Re-Entry Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Heal In Re-Entry Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Assisted Rescue Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Assisted Rescue Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Hand of God Rescue Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Video: Hand of God Rescue. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Hang On to Your Paddle Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Hang on to your paddle Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Kayak Bow Rescue Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Bow Rescue Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Cold Water Safety

Currents Worksheet

Followership Presentation 2019

Student Manual 2019

Leave No Trace Presentation 2019

Apps and Kayaking

VHF Radios and Safety 101 for Sea Kayakers

Case study on the importance of reliable communication options for sea kayakers.