Introduction to Coastal Kayaking Class

Description: This course is designed for those who want to kayak in a coastal environment. Students will learn about proper kayak and gear selection, how to read a tide log, and the fundamental paddle strokes to control your kayak. Then you'll be introduced to edging to enhance your boat handling skills, and bracing to help prevent capsizes and build your confidence. Lastly, you'll learn how to safely exit a capsized kayak and re-enter it on the water using a paddle float, and how to T-rescue another capsized kayaker. These skills will become the foundation of your kayaking career, and will enable you to begin to explore the coastline safely and responsibly.

Skills you'll learn:

  • To become familiar with kayaks, equipment, and proper clothing for the coastal environment
  • To learn to enter and exit a kayak, including the wet exit, wearing a sprayskirt
  • To learn paddle strokes, boat edging and braces to enhance boat handling skills
  • To learn to perform the paddle float re-entry and the T-rescue
  • To be introduced to the affects of weather and tides in a coastal environment
  • To provide participants with an awareness of how to become a safe, responsible kayaker

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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Introduction to Coastal Kayaking Class Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Lunch & Snacks


  • Energy Snacks
  • Paddle Jacket
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Lip Balm/Protection

Gear provided by REI:

  • Touring/Recreational Kayak
  • Dry Bag
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Paddle
  • Group First Aid Kit