Instruction

 

The vast variety of conditions and challenges you can experience on the ocean, lakes and rivers requires an ever-growing knowledge and intimacy of: boat handling skills and maneuvers, rescue techniques, navigation, backcountry/wilderness living, and the marine environment.  The past 15 years of coaching, instructing, and guiding, along with pursuing training and certification through British Canoe Union American Canoe Association and International Sea Kayak Guide Association allows me to offer the greatest synthesis of this experience.

Pursuing instruction is not only beneficial to becoming an independent paddler, it also allows you to join us and others on increasingly more challenging and exciting trips.  Check out the Multi-day Expedition pages for the range of trips we offer.

The series of courses below allows you to choose a progression or jump from one progression to another.  The courses are scheduled such that there are multiple opportunities each month for all the courses. For additional information see course description and course schedule pages.

Flat Water Courses

Getting Started:

Introduction to Paddling:

Learn the basics strokes and rescues applicable to sea kayaking, river kayaking, or packrafting. This is a great way to learn about all the appropriate gear, put it on, and go play on the water.   It’s fun and educational; the perfect way to satisfy your curiosity about paddle sports.  
Course is 7 hours
$350/person including dry suit, kayak and gear.
Offered daily with a 2 person minimum
Venue: flat water
ACA Level 1

Sea Kayaking Fundamentals: ACA Level 1 and 2

2 days of kayak control and maneuvering skills, rescue techniques and trip planning: discussions about what to bring with you while kayaking and why to bring it, interpreting weather forecasts, reading charts and maps.
 
2 day course
$175/person including dry suit, kayak and gear
Offered evey weekend.  4 person minimum
Venue: flat water
ACA Level 1

Balance, Bracing, and Rolling:

Low and High Brace, Sculling, Rolling, blade articulation and a variety of techniques to challenge these skills.
4 hour session

$125/person including dry suit, kayak and gear.
Offered daily, 2 person minimum

ACA Coastal Kayaking Day Trip Leader Course:

Not just for aspiring guides and group leaders but for all paddlers interested in learning how to look after yourself and/or your friends, and/or clients on sea kayaking journeys, whether it’s day trips or extended trips. This is at least 4 days of sea kayaking skills and maneuvers, rescues, scenarios, trip planning, theory, and gear.

4 Days
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.
$500/person, 4 person minimum
Venue: Coastal waters with slight wind, waves, and current

 

Introducing Conditions: Wind, Waves, and Current

Take your flat water skills into conditions!   Continue with the model of building upon the solid foundation established in the Flat Water Courses.  These courses begin to reveal the truly dynamic nature of sea kayaking.

Beyond the Fundamentals: ACA Level 3

Refining your skills and taking them into conditions.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, take it up a notch!  Learn how to blend strokes for more complicated maneuvers and rescues while managing minor wind, waves and or current.

2 Day Course
$350/person, 2 person minimum
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.

Introduction to Current

As the name implies, this is a current specific course.  Even minor current puts your flat water skills to the test.

1 Day Course
$200/person, 2 person minimum
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.

2 Day Course
$350/person/2 person minimum
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.

4 Day Current Course
$450/ person, 4 person minimum
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.

Balance, Bracing, and Rolling:
Similar to our flat water course, but now in slight conditions.
4 hour session
$125/person including dry suit, kayak and gear.
Offered daily, 2 person minimum

 

Embracing Conditions: Intermediate Wind, Waves, and Current

Here again we build upon the confidence and experience gained from Flat Water and Introduction to Condition courses putting you in more challenging and dynamic conditions.


Intermediate Current: ACA Level 4

There are many places where the sea behaves like a river!  Learn where this occurs and why this happens, all while taking your skill set to the next level.

1 Day Course
$200/person, 2 person minimum
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.

2 Day Course
$350/person/2 person minimum
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.

5 Day Intermediate Course:
Putting it all together

5 days of camping, kayaking, learning and FUN!
This is a comprehesive course in a variety of conditons that continues to challenge your intermeditate skills. More advanced trip planning, navigation, rescues and skills while on the move.  We’ll base camp at least a couple of days, but traveling based on the plan we come up with is the focus.
$500/day minimum 4 people
Includes dry suit, kayak and gear.