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Learn the basics of sea kayaking and get comfortable in a kayak on Poulsbo's protected Liberty Bay. After a lesson on our dock, you'll take a tour with your friendly instructor in a stable single kayak to practice what you've learned.
Your instructor will cover basic kayak safety, paddle strokes, how to fit a kayak and personal flotation device, proper techniques, nomenclature and basic design, body dynamics for efficient strokes, how to choose a kayak for your needs, getting into and out of a kayak and other important basic skills to give you a strong foundation for a lifetime of paddling.
This class can be taken before or after Sea Kayak 2: Capsize Recovery.
No experience is needed!
Sea Kayak 1 can be taken as a private group or personal lesson any day, almost any time, year-round. It can also be incorporated into other programs.
For more information about group or private lessons, contact our program director at (360) 297-4659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the proper technique and knowledge, kayaking can be a lifelong sport.
We want you to come away from this class feeling comfortable in a
kayak, with skills you can build on for the rest of your life.
From this class we recommend Sea Kayak 2: Capsize Recovery. This is
an ESSENTIAL kayaking skill, especially for paddlers in the northwest.
Sea Kayak 1 and Sea Kayak 2 are interchangeable. We will keep you
upright in Sea Kayak 1, but if you're nervous, take Sea Kayak 2 first
and we'll help dispel that fear.
Before heading onto the water, we'll go over the basics of kayaking: paddle strokes, fitting a kayak, kayak parts, basic water safety and how to stay upright.
Then we'll get outfitted and take a short guided tour on Poulsbo's Liberty Bay to learn and practice efficient strokes and paddling techniques.
After our tour we'll land back at our dock and fill out a paddle punch card for you so you can come back to paddle again!
Things To Bring
Sun glasses with strap.
Complete change of clothes--you can keep these in your car
Feel free to bring a camera, but make sure it's in a drybag or double ziplock bag
Stable single kayak, personal flotation device, paddle, spray skirt (optional), professional kayak instructor, 1 hour kayak tour.
Food and clothing.
We run tours and classes rain or shine, but if we deem winds to make conditions too dangerous we will reschedule or give a 100% refund.
If you find the date you registered for no longer works:
-Cancellation more than one week in advance: 15% administration fee or reschedule if possible with no fee.
* Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 25% administration fee or reschedule if possible with no fee.
* Cancellation 24-48 hours prior to departure date: 50% administration fee or reschedule if possible with no fee.
* Cancellation within 24 hours of tour or no-show: sorry, no refunds or reschedules.
Every Sunday , May 17 - September 20. 10-1:00
Call for Private Class Groups of 4 or more.
Meet at 10:00 am at the Olympic Outdoor Center Dock in Poulsbo, next to the Poulsbo Marine Science Center (18743 Front St. N.E. Poulsbo, WA 98370).
We'll end at the same location.
There is a parking lot next to our dock, but leave a few minutes of extra time before class for parking and bathroom visits.
Same as departure.
Booking for [Sundays 10 AM - 1PM] on December 31, 1969
Duration: 3 hours
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