Sea Kayaking 110, Saltwater Day-Trip
This class is both an introduction and a refresher for those that want to learn about kayak navigation, tides, currents, and paddling in Puget Sound.
You'll start with an evening remote-learning class with an intro to charts, kayak navigation, weather, currents/tides, and trip planning. Then you'll gain practical experience applying these skills by going on a one-day kayak trip on the Puget Sound. The location depends on the weather and currents - you’ll learn why.
The remote class will be arranged with your instructor one or two evenings before the trip.
Students are responsible for transporting your kayak. The pickup location is at the Kayak Academy Issaquah, not Lake Sammamish.
Please read the prerequisite for the class. If you have already taken SK113 or SK115, this class is your chance to get a refresher on trip planning and kayaking in the Puget Sound.
If you have taken our SK101 and SK102 classes and are ready to take the next step, this class is a great progression in your learning journey by moving from lakes to saltwater.
Prerequisites: SK102, SK111, or SK115
In this class you will learn to:
- Read a chart
- Predict currents and tides
- Interpret marine weather forecasts
- follow a compass course
- Use ranges to find ferry angles
Handouts include Puget Sound Tide and Current Tables and a waterproof logbook. We will loan you a chart and compass.
Prerequisite: Course SK102, SK111, SK115 or check with us about Equivalency.
Location: Golden Gardens, Bowman Bay, or Hammersley Inlet
Duration: 2hr evening remote session plus 1 day (6hr trip)
Class Size: 4
Tuition: $230 (includes handouts and free use of drysuit, booties, and skull cap)
Dry Suit Rental: No Charge - Included with tuition
Kayak Rental: $30.00 plus tax. Includes Brit/Danish style roto-molded sea kayak w/skeg, paddle, spray-skirt, PFD, bilge pump, and paddle-float. Students are responsible for transporting their kayaks.
Parking Fee: Depends on location $7-10 (please bring cash)
Please read our Cancellation/Reschedule Policy
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