Seattle Sea Kayaking Basic Equivalency

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course

This course can lead to Sea Kayaking Basic Equivalency 2017-2022 (Seattle)

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"Equivalency" is an alternative to taking the Sea Kayaking Basics Course. If you have been granted equivalency, then you can enjoy all of the rights and privileges of a graduate of our Sea Kayaking Basics Course.

Equivalency usually takes 3-4 weeks to process after your application is received. In order to receive equivalency, you must have taken a fundamental sea kayaking course that teaches basics in such skills as paddling, bracing, rescues, safety and clothing or have significant experience and knowledge to demonstrate such skills. A demonstration paddle is required for applicants whose skills or experience is not clear to the equivalency team.

If you are interested in obtaining equivalency from Mountaineers Sea Kayaking (Seattle branch), please fill this application and email it to  Duncan Cox ( or Brian High ( Equivalency usually takes 3-4 weeks to process after your application is received.

Details about our Basic Sea Kayaking Equivalency program:

From the 2016 "Minimum Standards" ...

Committees may grant course Basic Sea Kayaking equivalency to applicants who have joined The Mountaineers, submitted an equivalency application, paid the then-prevailing equivalency fee ($25 for members), and satisfies any of items #1 through #3;

  1. Documents in the application that they have taken a sea kayaking course that meets or exceeds the requirements for Basic Sea Kayaking Course graduation. A committee member must verify this information to their satisfaction.

  2. Provides evidence of holding an ACA Level 2 or BCU Level 2* BCU Sea Kayak paddler or instructor certification issued within the last two years.

  3. Demonstrates, with only minimal coaching, the ability to perform a wet exit, a self-rescue, and both roles of an assisted rescue; the ability to paddle forward, backwards, stop, and turn the boat. The applicant is able to answer rudimentary questions in the areas of tides, currents, weather, and hypothermia.

After satisfying one of the three alternatives above, the branch representative should review with the applicant pertinent information contained in the Sea Kayaking minimum standard, how to sign up for a trip, and how trips are run. The applicant must successfully complete a club-sponsored SK II or III trip of at least seven miles in length, including demonstration of effective and efficient wet exits, and self and assisted rescues with minimal instructor assistance, and subsequently be approved by the sponsoring committee.

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Seattle Sea Kayaking Basic Lecture
Online Classroom
Thu, May 13, 2021
Registration closed May 9
4 participants
8 instructors
Course Materials