Location: This course begins and ends at Seafarers Memorial Park at Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes.
Course Description: If you want to learn to sea kayak, spend four days sleeping under the stars and get the skills to launch your own trips, then this is the one for you! This 5-day, 4-night expeditionary class is a mix of our Essentials of Coastal Kayaking, Essentials of Coastal Kayaking Level II, Strokes, Balance & Maneuvers Workshop, Rescues and Recoveries, Advanced Rescues and Recoveries, Sea Kayak Navigation, Introduction to Sea Kayak Camping classes and so much more! You are going to get a real education and cover all the skills in the above classes.
Islands we plan to visit: Fidalgo, Guemes, Saddlebag, Dot, Huckleberry, Jack, Vendovi, Eliza, Lummi, Sinclair & Cypress. 11 islands!
Our sample itinerary:
Day 1: Never been in a kayak before? Not a problem as this class is meant for all! On the first day we’ll start with the basics such as layering and parts of a kayak, outfitting and hypothermia, launching and landing, basic boat control and strokes and maneuvers. After a lunch we’ll start packing and load our boats, discuss our route and head out of harbor to our first nights camp on Saddlebag Island. That night at camp we’ll start discussing and continue every evening discussions on a different facet of backcountry camping in a wilderness context.
Day 2: After a morning of skills learning and rescue practice we’ll pack our kayaks it’s off to Vendovi Island where we’ll have an opportunity to explore an island dedicated as a nature preserve before heading off to Lummi Island, our home for the next two nights. This will be a full day of kayaking with strokes development throughout.
Day 3: A day of learning, rescue practice, skills development and a day tour around Eliza Island.
Day 4: It’s off to Cypress Island by way of Sinclair Island where students will plan and execute the day using their new sea kayak navigation, tides and currents and leadership skills
Day 5: We’ll cross over to the west side of Guemes Island and enjoy our last day as we paddle along the Anacortes waterfront back to Seafarers Memorial Park.
Please be aware this is not a tour, nor a catered adventure. This is a class where you will be cooking your own food, paddling your own kayak, setting up your own camp and all the rest! We want to give you a full, complete and cumulative skill set under the supervision of a knowledgable instructor to become a self-sufficient and capable kayaker, confident in executing your own expeditions! This class is to coach you in those skills to that end. Please reach out to discuss if this class is right for you.
Fidalgo Paddlesports provides all gear including kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, safety equipment, tents (upon request), food (dinners only), stoves and other related camping equipment. We DO NOT PROVIDE sleeping bags or ground pads due to Covid 19, and these you will need to provide yourself. We are happy to provide recommendations for these items, and please see our Getting Ready for Your Class page to help you prepare.
Ages: 18 and up.
Course Duration: 5 days.
Prerequisites: None, although some kayak familiarity is helpful.Book Now