Introduction to Coastal Kayaking Class

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$149 for REI Members

$169 for non-members

Limited spots left


  • Fitness level 3 Moderate
  • Minimum age 14
  • Group size 8 people

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.

  • 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

What to bring with you

Map image of Richmond Marina: Public Boat Launch

More directions and information

Parking is free except in the lot closed to boat ramp which costs $10. There is a restroom at the Richmond Marina Office.