Kids 1/2 Day Kayak Camp (5 afternoons, M-F)
Enjoy five afternoons learning to sea kayak. Have fun on the water messing about in kayaks! Basically this is the afternoon portion of our full-day Kids SUP and Kayak Camp.
Half-day Kayak Campers paddle a variety of kayaks, everything from one and two-person Sit-On-Top (S.O.T.) kayaks to one-person sit-inside touring/sea kayaks at our day-camp on Lake Sammamish (Issaquah, just 30 minutes east of Seattle).
Learn basic kayak paddling and safety skills while playing water games like sponge tag, "Disaster Strikes", a treasure hunt, and relay racing -- each day is fun and different. The last day we'll take a half-day paddling trip. Class sized limited with five-to-one student/instructor ratio so everyone gets the personal attention they need and can progress at their own rate.
There's no other Kids Kayak Camp like this anywhere in the US. Our camp was created by Barbara Gronseth (K.A.'s Head of Youth Kayaking Programs). Barb is a mother of two, a BCU North America Level II certified kayaking and canoeing coach and ACA Level III Open Water Kayak Instructor with decades of experience introducing youth to paddle sports. All our camp instructors are chosen, trained, and mentored by Barb specifically for this program. Participants benefit from the Kayak Academy's resources of youth sized touring kayaks, comfortable kid's sized PFD's designed for paddling, warm booties, and most unique of all - free use of wet suits or dry suits (depending on the weather and water temperature). Boats and above listed gear are included in the camp cost. K.A. is the only school in the world to offer this quality of youth sized equipment in a kids kayaking program.
Students in the kids kayak camp primarily use single person sit-inside touring kayaks, but they are also given opportunities to try sit-on-top kayaks and other human powered water craft (i.e. Canoes).
This camp builds both self reliance and teamwork skills. Watch your child's confidence, safety awareness and sense of accomplishment develop throughout the week.
Requirements: Even though PFD's will be worn whenever we are on the water, participants must be able to swim to take this camp. Outdoor type clothing is required -- no cotton (i.e. synthetic or wool long underwear tops and bottoms to wear under the dry suit), an equipment list will be provided with sign up.
We also offer All-Day Kayak & SUP Camps for kids at L. Sammamish State Park. For the dates and more information on these programs, please click here Kids Kayak & SUP All-Day Camp.
For families of three or more, we offer private family SK101 course (Beginning Sea Kayak Safety).
For Party Rentals see our subsidiary: Issaquah Paddle Sports
Note, in addition to the camps at our location on L. Sammamish, we also offer some Kids Kayak Camps (5 full-days) at Mercer Island through the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department. The Mercer Island camps generally have a larger class size. For the dates and more information on these programs, please click here Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department.
Location: Tibbitts Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park
Duration: 5 half-day sessions, SUP 9am-12, Kayak 1-4pm
Class Size: 14
Tuition: $300 (includes use of: PFD, wet suit booties, dry suit or wet suit, kayak, and paddle)
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Get wet, stay warm, and have a lot of fun! Each student is outfitted with their own PFD (life jacket), wet suit or dry suit, and neoprene wet suit booties. Then we let them run into the water and experience the weird/funny sensation of swimming in a dry suit. Through this play they discover the suits and PFD's give them lots of buoyancy so the can relax and have fun in the water. Next each kid is fitted with their own kayak and paddle while we familiarize them with entry level safety skills -- first on the shore, then in shallow water near the beach. Kayak games that develop paddling skills through experiential learning complete the day.
Confidence grows as they practice kayak rescue skills and take a short trip along the shoreline of L. Sammamish State Park (at the south end of the lake). Along the way, students discover the challenge and joy of learning to keep a kayak going straight while touring, and kayaking through narrow passageways while exploring the wildlife and slow moving water of Issaquah Creek (which flows through the park into L. Sammamish) helps them develop some finer points of the maneuvering strokes. On the way back they will begin learning techniques to paddle faster and more efficiently.
Kids love our treasure hunt! Excitement is contagious as they learn to work as teams to solve the clues to find the hidden treasure. The clues are cleverly designed so they learn to use a chart and compass to navigate to the treasure. And this treasure chest is full of rewards they can play with.
Race day! Students work in teams for kayak relay races. Obstacle races let them discover that it's not necessarily the strongest kid who wins. After the race all the kids have a blast testing their craft's seaworthiness by trying to sink their kayak.
Pack a snack and extra clothes - we're going on a tour. This kayak trip is an opportunity to use all the skills and experience they've acquired during the week for a successful kayak tour. Students participate in planning the tour for our final Day 5 Trip. We will look over the maps and charts along with checking the marine weather forecast of wind and wave conditions to determine the best destination and route for our trip. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment your son or daughter will get when they look back at where they started after paddling a few miles under their own power in a one-person kayak. Completion of the camp qualifies each student to be presented with a BCU Paddlesport Performance Awards START Certificate.