Kayak Academy

The elite school for kayakers since 1991

Best Sea Kayak School

Kayaking Lessons

  • Practical
  • Safety orientated
  • Semi-private sized classes
  • Experienced instructors
  • Free use of dry suits
Best Dry Suit Buyers Guide

Dry Suits

  • Guaranteed fit
  • Free Maintenance Kit
  • Free loaner suits when needed
  • Largest IN STOCK selection of drysuits


News & Programs Updates

TideRace News TideRace Sea Kayak in Washington state, Oregon tiderace dealer, California tiderace kayaks

K.A. is now THE authorized TideRace Kayak Dealer for the whole West Coast, and we are pleased to announce our next delivery of TideRace kayak's will be here by November! We have a demo of every model of TideRace sea kayak with retractable skeg (except Xcite S). Come see and demo TideRace sea kayaks at Kayak Academy. More: Sea Kayaks

Jackson 2015 Fun and Zen are coming & 2015 Jackson Angler Kayaks Jackson Kayaks

K.A. is western Washington's Premium Jackson River Kayak Dealer and we have demos available of all the newest Jackson river kayaks: redesigned 2014 Rock Star S,M,L, Karmas, 2015 Zen's, and 2015 Fun & 4Fun will be here by end of Oct.! More: River Kayaks

Jackson Angler Kayak demos too! The new Kraken saltwater fishing kayak will be here soon. More kayak info

New River Kayaking Beginner courses! We've redesigned our river kayaking courses and now offer a beginner lesson for novices - "River Kayaking Basics". Follow the "Kayak Lessons" tab then click "River Kayak Lesson List" to see all we offer.

Morning Fitness Kayaking - Tues. & Thurs.

Free! More Information

Watch trailer of our sea kayaking Five Day Training Camp!

Movie! 15min. SK 401 Exposed Coast Kayak Expedition - Sitka

Go to our SK 401 Exposed Coast Kayak Training Expedition course page and see more short videos of the wildlife, beaches and scenery while kayaking SE Alaska w/ Kayak Academy

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Demo a Kayak Any Day

If you have kayak safety training and a kayak roof rack, you may arrange to pick up a demo kayak at our shop and for a free 2 hour test drive on L. Sammamish during business hours. Call us to make a reservation for a FREE demo. Others may arrange for private demos at the park for a fee. We also offer free monthly kayak demos every third Wed. of the month.

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River Kayak Sale 2013 - 2014 models 10%-15% off in stock kayaks only: Jackson Kayaks & Wave Sport

Sea Kayak Sale Select models and close-outs from: Wilderness Systems Tempests, Dagger Alchemy, Northshore Aspect LV, Impex Currituck

Fishing Kayak Sale 2013 and 2014 models from: Jackson Kayaks

Kokatat Drysuit Close-out Sale, Save 10-25% Kokatat Lots of new additions to our biggest drysuit sale ever!

Dry Tops, Spray Skirts, Clothing


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Winter Hours (Nov. - Jan.):

Tuesday - Friday, 9am-6pm Pacific Time
Saturday 10am-4:30pm Pacific Time

CLOSED: Sunday and Monday

CLOSED for holidays:
Thanks Giving, Nov. 27th & 28th
Christmas, Dec. 25th - 28th
New Year's Day, Jan. 1



11801 188th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027

Local: 206 527 1825

Toll Free via Skype: 206 452 3396

or from Staff Kayak Academy

Our shop is midway between Renton and Issaquah, from SE May Valley Rd., go S on 188th Ave SE and Right at second driveway on the Right.

The QR Code below can be scanned by newer Android, Nokia, and Blackberry smart phones to view a map of our location. iPhone users can download aps to read QR Codes.

qr for our kayak store