Sea Kayak 1: Intro to Kayaking and Tour

Location:  Poulsbo, WA, United States
Starting From: US $49.00

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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

Additional Information

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

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sun glasses with strap.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Complete change of clothes--you can keep these in your car
  • Jacket (Windproof/Waterproof)
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

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 Other Sunday , May 17 - September 20. 10-1:00

Unavailable Dates

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.

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Booking for [Sundays 10 AM - 1PM - 9/7] on December 31, 1969
Duration: 3 hours Availability: Sorry, there is no availability left for this option

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"Thank you again for scheduling the Saturday outing for our group. It was wonderful, Hawk was an excellent instructor and everyone had a great time, and 4 of us would like to sign up for the SK-2 class this Thursday evening."

~Julia Atwood

"Thank you so much again for the fabulous lesson today! We all had an absolute blast. When Kendall’s mom dropped Kate off at our house this afternoon, the girls were begging us to go tomorrow. They were offering to pay for it, even! I think we’ve got some lifelong SUPers on our hands..."


"I actually went to the shop two weekends ago to buy the boys their wetsuits. They stocked a lot of really great equipment for my kayak building projects. It is good to know that they can order items that are not on the website as well, as I am always looking for parts that are difficult to find sometimes."


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