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
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  • Free loaner suits when needed
  • Largest IN STOCK selection of drysuits


News & Programs Updates

9th Annual Deception Pass Dash

Race is Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. And on Saturday the 13th before the race George Gronseth will be teaching a free clinic on reading the currents and using them to your advantage. This is a dry land class -- bring good walking/hiking shoes as we’ll move around to different vantage points on Pass I.

This is a relatively short race (about 5.5 nautical miles), but it's one of the most challenging. It is a fun race partly because of it's location, the course starts from Bowman Bay then goes in through Deception Pass around and out through Canoe Pass. The weather at this time of year is a wild card which has made the some year's races very exciting with lots of spills along the way other years it's doable by novices. The organizers are aware of the challenge and provide safety support on the water for those that need it. You don't have to be a fast racer to enjoy this event, anyone who is comfortable playing in the Pass will have fun participating, and the rougher the conditions the less your racing strength matters and the more your sea kayaking skill pays off. There's also opportunities for volunteers (both on and off the water positions), and the whole thing is a big social gathering with great food at the end. To get more information and/or to sign up, go to DP Dash

Jackson 2015 Fun & 2015 Jackson Kraken 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 including the just released 2015 Fun & 4Fun! The 2015 Zens will be trickling in around Dec. - Feb. More: River Kayaks

The new Jackson Kraken saltwater fishing kayak is here! More angler kayak info

WS Thresher Angler Kayaks Are Here!

The latest trend in SOT fishing kayaks are fast, seaworthy SOT designs for saltwater kayak fishing. Wilderness Systems is introducing two sizes of their new Thresher Angler Kayak, 14' & 15.5'. KA just got demos and stock of both sizes of Thresher model as well as the freshly redisigned 2015 Ride 115 MAX Angler and Ride 135 MAX Angler (11.5' & 13.5'). The new Rides have a seat with lever action to swithc between hi-lo seat positions.

TideRace Kayaks in stock!

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

It's been a year since the last shipment of TideRace kayaks hit the West Coast. Inventory of these state-of-the-art kayaks was getting slim, rumors were flying, but the wait is over. Kayak Academy is the only authorized TideRace Kayak Dealer in Washington, and we now have the best selection of all the fine skeg type sea kayaks by TideRace on the whole West Coast. Plus we have a demo of every model of TideRace sea kayak with retractable skeg including the latest Vortex with "triple dump" roto-molding construction. Come see and demo TideRace sea kayaks at Kayak Academy, but don't wait long or you'll miss out on another year of paddling a TideRace. More: Sea Kayaks

Morning Fitness Kayaking - Tues. & Thurs.

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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 10%-15% off select models of in stock 2013 - 2014 kayaks by: Jackson Kayaks & Wave Sport

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

Fishing Kayak Sale all 2014 angler models from: Jackson Kayaks

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

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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

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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.

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