Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Tacoma - 2018

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Tacoma

The Mountaineers' once-a-year class is loaded with practical information, hands-on education, introduction to kayak gear, and an emphasis on paddling safety. Learn the basic paddling strokes, how to get back in your boat when you go over, basic trip planning & navigation, and how to recognize & avoid dangerous situations. No prior kayaking knowledge or experience is required to participate in the course. Course requires moderate physical condition and ability to swim 50 ft (one length of the pool).
The course consists of one classroom session, one pool session, two open water sessions and two kayak paddles. The classroom session will be held on April 7, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers Clubhouse, 2302 N 30th St. Tacoma, WA 98403. The pool session (including a swim test) will be held  on April 29 at the Peninsula High School pool in Gig Harbor. There will be two available sessions, morning and afternoon, choose one. Lake sessions will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on May 5 and 6 at American Lake in Tacoma. Both lake days are required. To graduate, students must attend all the above listed sessions and complete two club-sponsored student paddles of at least four hours duration by September 30, 2018. Extensions are granted on a case by case basis.
Contact Alison Reinbold at to register for this class. Download a registration form to fill out and send in either by mail or email. 
The course is $225 for Mountaineers and $300 for non-members. We recommend that you pay for the course via credit card on the Mountaineers website, to ensure your spot in the class.

ADDITIONAL COSTS: Boats are provided at no extra cost ONLY for the pool session. Students are required to provide single sea kayaks, or rent them, for both lake sessions (May 5 & 6). If students have their own sea kayaks, they must be at least 14' and have deck lines, foot rests and flotation at both ends. A spray skirt, paddle, coast guard-approved PFD, paddle float and pump are also required. The Kayak Academy will provide rental kayaks and gear for lake sessions  for the weekend. Students will also be required to have a dry suit for the lake sessions. The Kayak Academy also rents a package including dry suit, cap and a pair of booties for the weekend. A course manual is available under course materials for download after completion of registration, (log out, log back in to see course materials tab). For the two qualifying club-sponsored paddles, students will be responsible for providing their own gear and kayaks and for providing their own transportation to the trip put-in location. There will be at least 2 paddles scheduled that will be near or at rental locations.

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Classroom Session
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Apr 7, 2018
Registration closes Apr 6
17 participants
5 instructors
Pool Session
Peninsula High School Pool
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Registration closes Apr 27
7 participants
1 instructor
Peninsula High School Pool
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Registration closes Apr 27
10 participants
6 instructors
Open Water Session
American Lake
Sat, May 5, 2018 -
Sun, May 6, 2018
Registration closes Apr 6
17 participants
5 instructors
Required Equipment

See course description above.

Course Materials
Name/Description Type
Paddle completion sheet - Word

Paddle completion sheet

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Paddle competion sheet- PDF

Paddle completion sheet

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Tacoma Basic Sea Kayak Manual - Word

Tacoma Basic Sea Kayak Manual - word version

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Tacoma Basic Sea Kayak Manual - PDF

Tacoma Basic Sea Kayak Manual - PDF version updated 1/17/17

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Registration Form - Tacoma Sea Kayak Basic Class

Registration form, Word format, Tacoma Mountaineers Sea Kayak Basic Class

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