Introduction to Sea Kayak Camping

Cost: $250pp

Location: This course begins and ends at Cornet Bay, Deception Pass State Park. This course is conducted at Hope Island State Park.

Course Description: Let’s go camping! So many beautiful islands. So many opportunities to explore the hidden pockets and removed coastlines of the Salish Sea by kayak. In this overnight sea kayak camping class, we’ll give you a real education on how to plan your next overnight trip, where to stay, how to prepare and leave you with the knowledge to execute your own overnight adventures.

On the first day we’ll spend the morning reviewing basic kayak safety education to make sure everyone is prepared to journey to our destination, followed by preparing your boat and gear for our journey. That afternoon we’ll venture out of the harbor to our destination a few short miles away where we’ll make camp. By the time we return the next day you’ll have a range of knowledge to prepare you for your own adventures and how to stay safe in the outdoors and on water.

A sampling of the course content includes:

  • Selecting the appropriate gear for overnight kayak camping
  • Packing a kayak for overnight trips
  • Campsite selection and considerations in a wilderness camping context
  • Backcountry meal preparation and cooking
  • Kayak camping overview and trip planning in the San Juans
  • Basic kayak education including strokes, maneuvers and safety

Fidalgo Paddlesports provides all gear including kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, safety equipment, tents (upon request), food, 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.

Prerequisites: Some sea kayak knowledge and skill is beneficial to fully enjoy this class to it’s potential, so we encourage you to look at one of our Essentials classes beforehand.

Ages: 18 and up.

Course Duration: 2 days.

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Want to get the skills before you head out? Check out our Essentials of Coastal Kayaking class!

Our refund policy, personal kayak/SUP policy, Essential Eligibility Criteria and more can be found here.