Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course-Everett - 2017+

Sea Kayaking Course

Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course

Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course

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Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course

To complete this course, the paddler must have passed the Basic Kayak Class (or received Equivalency) and contacted the Everett Intermediate Sea Kayak Course Leader to sign up.  Contact John Morton at if you are interested.

Intermediate Sea Kayaking is a self-paced course that requires completing a log book.  The course must be completed within five (5) years. Once you have satisfied the requirements, the Intermediate Sea Kayak Leader will present your log information to the sea kayak committee for vote whether to award you an Intermediate Sea Kayak badge.

Once the paddler has graduated, they qualify to participate on SK V Sea Kayak trips.

The content of the Intermediate Sea Kayak Course includes full-day training or equivalent experience in SK IV/V conditions on the following topics:

  • Kayaking in Wind and Waves
  • Kayaking in Tidal Currents at a venue such as Deception Pass
  • Sea Kayaking Incident Management at a venue such as Deception Pass
  • Sea Kayaking Navigation (in any SK conditions)
  • Kayaking in a Coastal Surf Zone
  • Kayaking in a Coastal Rock Garden

 To graduate, Intermediate Sea Kayak Course students must demonstrate competence in the course content.  Specifically, while completing the course activities the student must:

  • Exhibit comfort and control performing strokes and maneuvers under tidal current conditions at Deception pass or a similar area, of at least 5-6 kt, including crossing eddy-lines, ferry-gliding, and ferrying across a channel. Demonstrate comfort and control while eddy hopping up-current.
  • Exhibit comfort and control performing strokes, maneuvers, self- and assisted rescues in 12-15 kt of sustained wind and 1-2 ft of waves.
  • Be able to maintain the equivalent of 3 kt average pace for minimum of 12 nm trip.
  • Go on at least four Mountaineer day paddles of at least 12 nm.
  • Complete a minimum of three SK-IV or SK-V Mountaineer trips in a variety of locations and conditions (current, surf, wind).
  • Demonstrate comfort and control while launching and landing in a minimum of 3 foot surf.
  • Demonstrate that you have a reliable kayak roll (80% successful) in real-world conditions such as wind, waves, current & surf.
  • Demonstrate in dynamic water (wind, waves, current) getting back into your kayak in less than one minute using assisted rescue AND  getting someone else in under one minute using assisted rescue.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively tow another paddler in dynamic conditions, including significant current.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify aids to navigation and landmarks, and navigate in a variety of conditions and settings, such as through complex waterways, long open crossings, and shipping lanes.
  • In a rock garden zone with wave sets and surge, demonstrate effective timing and technique to safely navigate from safe zone to safe zone as well as perform self-, assisted- and team rescues.
  • Explain the elements and purpose of courteous surf zone conduct and safety, and behave accordingly.
Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

Intermediate Sea Kayak students  must carry the following equipment in addition to the Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Ten Essentials:

  • First aid kit appropriate for trip conditions
  • Emergency shelter or covering
  • Waterproof light
  • Signaling devices appropriate to the situation
  • VHF radio
  • Towing system appropriate to the expected conditions
  • Spare paddle adequately secured to the deck as appropriate to the conditions
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.