Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Seattle - 2019

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course

Sea Kayaking Basic Course - Seattle

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If you’ve ever wondered what it must feel like to glide over the water in a small but seaworthy craft; if seeing marine life from a new perspective, or landing/camping on remote beaches “floats your boat”, then this comprehensive and highly-acclaimed Basic Sea Kayaking Course could be your ticket.  Offered annually by the Seattle Branch, this training is designed to prepare you for moderate fresh or salt water outings.  All of this training is conducted in single-seat kayaks with approved safety features.  For everyone’s safety, we require that you be able to swim 50 yards, and be able to re-enter a kayak from the water.  Did we mention that kayaking is best practiced as a team sport, and you’ll meet an amazingly supportive and sociable group of paddlers?

You will be introduced to the following:

1.      Equipment including kayaks, paddles, clothing, and minimum gear for safe trips

2.      Cold water environments, hypothermia and survival

3.      Rescues and the importance of team work

4.      Sea conditions including weather, waves, tides and currents

5.      Basic navigation, trip planning and seamanship

6.      Paddling skills and countering the effects of wind and waves on boat behavior

7.      Safety, conservation practices and followership

8.      Just how much FUN sea kayaking can be!

The course consists of an all-day classroom session, a three-hour pool session, an all-day open water session, and two qualifying student paddles.  Dates, locations and times for these are:

  • Classroom session - Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Mountaineers' Seattle Program Center at 7700 Sand Point Way NE from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Pool sessions (Register for only one session) - Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Juanita Aquatic Center in Kirkland
    • Session 1 - 9:00 am to noon
    • Session 2 - noon to 3:00 pm
    • Session 3 - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Open Water session - Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Student Paddles - Several student paddles, exclusively scheduled for students of the Seattle Basic Sea Kayaking Course, will be offered to assist the students in completing their course requirements.  Registration for these paddles will open in early April.

Attendance at the classroom session, successful completion of the pool and open water sessions, and successful completion of two qualifying student paddles (subsequent to the open water session) are required to graduate.  

Additional Costs:  Students are required to provide or rent sea kayaks and equipment for the Open Water session and student paddles.  Dry suits are also required for the Open Water session and student paddles.  Kayaks and dry suits can be rented from the Kayak Academy.  Dry suits will rent for $45 and kayaks $75 per day.  A link for Kayak Academy's Open Water  rentals is: Open Water Rentals.  

Badges you will earn:

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
Required Equipment


Equipment Requirements and Costs:

You must have access to a dry suit, sea kayak, and paddling accessories (paddle, PFD, spray skirt, pump, and paddle float) for the Open Water session and the two student paddles.

If you don’t have the equipment now, do not buy it before the class!  Wait to learn what you need.

This equipment can be rented.  You are not required to own a dry suit, kayak, and 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 student paddles is additional.  We have coordinated with Kayak Academy for kayak, and dry suit rentals for the open water session and student paddles.  Information on pricing is available at: Open Water Rentals.

If you are providing a dry suit for the Open Water session, you must bring it to the class on Saturday, April 27th, to verify that it meets the club’s requirements.

If you are providing a sea kayak for the Open Water session, it must have perimeter deck lines and have floatation in both the bow and stern (either airbags or bulkheads).  You may be asked to bring it to class on Saturday, April 27th, to verify that it meets the club’s requirements.

Course Materials
Zoom Class Session

Pre-Course work for online classroom, Water Instruction Day 1 and Day 2 and Salt Water Paddle instruction are posted in Google Classroom.

Graduation Criteria