Sea Kayaking Courses & Certifications

Introductory Safety Course

Offered 8:30am & 1:30pm (Must reserve ahead of time)


This course (or written proof of the equivalent) is required in order to rent sea kayaks from us.

During this 3+ hour course you will learn foundational knowledge and skills to keep you safe while sea kayaking. Learn how to plan for and predict how wind, waves and weather will affect you, learn hazards & safety, paddling technique, and methods for self-rescue and rescuing others. To pass you must capsize and be able to climb back into your boat.

We recommend a refresher every 3 years, required after 5 years. Learn more.

$55 per person, includes all equipment. View payment & refund policies

Introductory Safety Course
 
 
Introductory Safety Course SKILLS CHECKOUT

Dates & Times: 10:30am (Must reserve ahead)

 

This course is for those with prior sea kayaking experience who can pass a written and on-water test including local hazard awareness, equipment care, boat handling, and rescues. Rescue ability will be tested by on-water demonstration. Failing any portion of the test and you must continue on to take the full Introductory Safety Course in order to rent sea kayaks from us.
$25 per person, ($35 additional if you need to take the full safety course afterwards.)

Includes equipment & wetsuit for the duration of your course.

Please contact us to inquire.

Kayak Certifications
American Canoe Association 
Sea Kayaking Assessments & Certifications

Skills Assessments

A skills assessment is a great way to confirm your current skills and is required prior to taking a kayak instructor certification. Also a great way for camps and other trip leading organizations to be confident in staff paddling skills.

Trip Leader Trainings & Assessments

While the skills assessment is specific to paddling ability, the Trip Leader Assessment is focused on leadership and risk management on-water. Many outfitters who have chosen to offer instructor certifications in the past are moving to this training. Levels 2-4 offered.

Instructor Certification Workshops

For those interested in teaching introductory through advanced students. Levels 1-4 offered.

Kayaking Instructor UPDATE

Meets the 4 year update requirement for instructors.

Instructor UPGRADE

Used to upgrade from your current level of certification.

 
Introductory Safety Course
 
ACA kayak course
ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring (Level 2)

Dates & Times: 9am to 5pm. Click "Book Now" below to view available dates. Also by appointment for groups of 3 or more.

This course goes beyond our Basic Safety Course by giving you broader instruction on aspects of kayaking safety, rescues, brace recoveries, and paddling technique. Good for novices and those with some kayak experience but who have not paddled on open water. Our paddling coach will take you from where you are at and provide direct feedback to grow your skills and confidence on-water. Course Outline.

You must provide your own equipment or rent.

$115 per person. View payment & refund policies

 
ACA kayak course
ACA Coastal Kayak Strokes & Rescues (Level 3)

Dates & Times: 9am to 5pm. Click "Book Now" below to view available dates. Also by appointment for groups of 3 or more.

This course goes beyond our Basic Safety Course by giving you broader instruction on aspects of sea kayaking safety, rescues, brace recoveries, and paddling technique. This is a great course for people who have tried kayaking and want to go further. Our paddling coach will take you from where you are at and provide direct feedback to grow your skills and confidence on-water. Course Outline.

You must provide your own equipment or rent.

$115 per person. View payment & refund policies

 
ACA kayak course
ACA Coastal Kayak Open Water Skills (Level 4)

Dates & Times: 9am to 5pm. Click "Book Now" below to view available dates. Also by appointment for groups of 3 or more.

For those who have perhaps taken a course before and have some personal sea kayak experience in rougher waters. This course will teach the skills needed to handle rougher conditions in open water environments. (crossings, multi-day trips, etc) See the Course Outline. You must provide your own equipment or rent.

$115 per person. View payment & refund policies

 
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ACA Kayak Rolling Instructor Endorsement

August 22, 2021


The ACA Kayak Rolling Instructor Endorsement is for current Level 2 or 3 Coastal or Whitewater Kayaking Instructors to learn how to teach rolling, and enables instructors to teach rolling specific classes.

Because this is a fast-paced course on coaching how to roll, participants should already be proficient in rolling from at least one side of their kayak. Read more about the course curriculum.

Must have own equipment or rent.

$115. Group rates are available. View payment & refund policies

 
 
Kayak Instruction
Custom Coaching

Save time and money over a group class with an educational experience personalized specifically for you or your group.

Our instructors have worked with individuals, families, and groups such as the National Park Service, Colleges, Resorts, and the Boy Scouts. We can come to you.

Finally Learn how to ROLL your kayak

FINE TUNE your sea kayak or SUP skills

LEARN to use a traditional paddle correctly & rolling

Personalized COACHING

3 hour for 1 person - $200

3 hour for 2 people - $275

3 hour for 3-4 people - $425

Full day 1 person - $400

Full day 2 people - $425

Full day 3-4 people - $575

 

Participants must provide own equipment or rent.

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