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 Vortex roto-molded "ocean-play kayaks" (one left)! TideRace Sea Kayak in Washington state

K.A. is the authorized TideRace Kayak Dealer for Washington, and we are pleased to introduce TideRace kayak's first roto-molded kayak - Vortex! A TideRace Kayak priced under $2000! Now everyone can own one of the latest and hottest performance sea kayaks. Come see and demo the new Vortex. The Vortex hull design is based on the extremely fun, maneuverable Xtra series, so the Vortex may just be the toughest and best ocean play/rock garden/surfing sea kayak ever. Vortex is sized in between the two sizes of Xtra, and as it turns out the Vortex fits well for about the widest range of bodies of any sea kayak we've tested. They are going fast, but we still have two left as of 11/19/13. More: Sea Kayaks

Jackson 2014 Rock Star freestyle river kayaks are here now & 2014 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, Karma, Zen, and 2013 Star series! More: River Kayaks

Jackson Angler Kayak demos too! More kayak info and

Kayak Fishing Safety Course

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. 2012 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!

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Summer Hours:

Monday - Friday 9am-6pm Pacific DST Except closed 5pm Wed.
Saturday 10am-5pm Pacific DST

CLOSED: Sundays

CLOSED: Labor Day


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.

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