Basic Sea Kayaking Equivalency Boot Camp - Seattle - 2016

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Equivalency Boot Camp

An intense half day classroom and 2 full days "Boot Camp" for experienced paddlers seeking Basic Sea Kayaking Equivalency.

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 Basic Sea Kayaking Equivalency Boot Camp compresses the regular Basic Sea Kayak Course (3 weeks of 3 lectures and 3 days of on the water experience in 5 months) into half a day lecture and 2 continuous 8 hour days on the water experience. It is a comprehensive and thorough program in training to become a competent paddler on calm water, competent enough to recover when capsize, and familiar with rescue procedures.

There will be additional cost for equipment rental for the course if you do not own one (see Required Equipment tab).

You should have already some paddling experience, in good stamina and have completed all the assigned reading by day one.

Classroom session will be Friday, June 24 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the Seatle Program Center.
Day 1 Session 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Lake Sammamish
Day 2 Session 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Golden Garden

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  1. Sea Kayak
  2. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  3. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  4. Paddle
  5. Spray skirt
  6. Bilge pump with floatation
  7. Self-rescue paddle float
  8. Wet suit or dry suit depending on water temperature
  9. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally

For kayak rental (which include 1 - 7) and dry suit please reserve it here

Course Materials

Reference: Johnson: Boats: pp. 12-44; Gear: pp. 45-67, 75-79; Know your kayak: pp. 80-89; Gear maintenance: pp. 266-281

Safety & Rescues

Reference: Johnson: Clothing: pp. 67-74; Hypothermia: pp. 67, 69, 72, 242; Safety: pp. 209-213, 230-243; Conservation: pp. 244-245; Leave No Trace: pp. 252-254

Paddling Environment

Reference: Johnson: Navigation: pp. 142-213; Trip Planning: pp. 255-265

Strokes & Maneuvers

Reference: Johnson: Physical demands: pp. 6-8; Introduction of Strokes and Maneuvers are covered in "Sea Kayaking - The Ultimate Guide" DVD and can be purchased online.

Basic SK Lectures - video

Lectures of Basic Sea Kayak 2016