Sea Kayaking Basic Course   - Seattle - 2016

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course

Sea Kayaking Basic Course - Seattle

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.

This comprehensive and highly-acclaimed Sea Kayaking Basics course is offered once each year by the Seattle Branch, and is designed to prepare you for moderate fresh water or salt water outings. All instruction is offered in single sea kayaks with bulkheads or approved flotation. Adequate physical ability to re-enter a kayak after capsize (instruction provided) and ability to swim 50 yards without flotation are necessary requirements. Includes three evening lectures, a 3 hour Pool Session, and an open water Lake Day. The following topics are covered:

  1. Equipment used in coastal kayaking.
  2. Cold water and how to dress for it.
  3. Sea conditions: weather, waves, tides and currents.
  4. Navigation: Charts, aids to navigation, communication and marine rules of the road.
  5. Rescues and the importance of teamwork.
  6. Paddling and maneuvering skills and the effects of wind, waves and current on boat behavior.
  7. Physical conditioning.
  8. Protection of the marine environment.
  9. Just how much Fun! this really is.

After you complete this instruction, you will have the opportunity to consolidate your learning on two or more introductory/instructional paddles over the course of the summer (two are required for completion of the course).

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Seattle Pool Session Instructor Training
Juanita Aquatics Center
Sun, Apr 9, 2017
Registration closed Apr 7
3 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Pool Session: Session 3 (optional)
Juanita Aquatics Center
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Registration closed Apr 21
0 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Pool Session: Session 1 (optional)
Juanita Aquatics Center
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Registration closed Apr 21
0 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Seattle Pool Session: Session 2 (optional)
Juanita Aquatics Center
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Registration closed Apr 21
1 participant
1 instructor
Seattle BSKC Student Paddle (optional)
Golden Gardens
Sat, May 20, 2017
Registration closed May 18
12 participants
10 instructors
Lake Sammamish
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Registration closed Apr 25
6 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Sea Kayaking Basic Lecture
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 27, 2019
Registration closed Apr 10
1 participant
0 instructors
Online Classroom
Thu, May 13, 2021
Registration closed May 9
4 participants
8 instructors
Required Equipment

If you don't have equipment, do not buy it now.  Part of the course is intended to introduce you to what is considered to be good equipment, including boats, paddles, safety equipment and clothing.

Also, we discourage you from buying a kayak in your first year.  Kayak Academy has a summer-long rental program that will provide you with the opportunity to try multiple boats on the paddles we'll offer so you can determine what size & style of boat suits you best.

We do recommend purchasing "The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook, 2nd Edition" by Shelley Johnson.  Any reading you can do before class will help you get started.

Course Materials