2017 KAYAK CAMPS FOR ADULTS AND TEENS

We are offering kayak skill clinics for adults and for teens via South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District. **Registration for these clinics is through Park & Rec's website

Intro to Kayaking for Adults

This course is designed for both the casual paddler and those interested in ocean touring.  While the course is perfect for the beginner, anyone who has never had formal instruction will benefit from this class. We’ll cover: types of craft, outfitting & gear, transport, best launch sites on Whidbey, and some basic current, tide, and weather. We will also teach safe ways to enter and exit a kayak, self and assisted rescue skills and basic paddle strokes. Participants must be comfortable with deep, over-your-head water while wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and having some upper-body strength will make some exercises easier. Participants will get wet! This class is an excellent intro to kayaking, but does not imply any certification or infer any skill qualification. 

Bring: A hat with a brim, a towel, sunscreen, and a bottle of water.  Please wear comfortable clothes/layers that can get wet (synthetic fabrics; not cotton) and/or a bathing suit. Wetsuits/drysuits are recommended but not required. A thermos with a warm drink for after the class is recommended. Save $50 if you provide your own kayak, paddle & PFD

Instructors: Whidbey Island Kayaking owners and guide(s). Sufficient staff will be on hand to ensure each participant receives personal attention.

Dates/Time: Sat/Sun | Jun 3-4 | 12-4:30pm OR M/T/W/Th | Jun 12-15 | 2-4:30pm
Min 4 people/Max 10 people
Location: Goss Lake Public Boat Launch
Fee: $200*
*Fee is only $150 if you provide your own kayak, paddle & PFD!
To Register: http://www.swparks.org/adult_programs.html


Paddling Skills for Teens 

No previous kayaking experience is needed for this fun-filled water-orientated camp! Our experienced guides will introduce participants to basic water safety and sea kayaking skills including: types of craft, outfitting & gear, wet exits, self and assisted rescue, key paddle strokes, and bracing. But it’s not all work - expect to get wet and have fun playing games like ‘kayak polo’ and ‘kayak sponge tag.’ Participants must be comfortable with deep, over-your-head water while wearing a personal flotation device. They must also be able to pull oneself up onto the deck of a pool from the deep end without use of steps or ladders. This class is an excellent intro to kayaking, but does not imply any certification or infer any skill qualification. Min 4/Max 8

What To Bring: hat with a brim, towel, sunscreen, and water.  Wear comfortable clothes that can get wet (synthetics dry faster) and/or a bathing suit. 

Lead Instructor: Travis Kulcsar is starting his 7th season with Whidbey Island Kayaking. He is a white water raft guide, turned sea kayak guide who has paddled around the world, from the Grand Canyon to New Zealand.  He loves coming to Whidbey every year to lead tours and sharing this magical place with others.

Dates/Time: Mon-Fri | Aug 7-11 | 2-4:30pm
Location: Monday-Thursday will at Goss Lake Public Boat launch; Friday at the Langley Marina.
Fee: $130.00
Youth Ages 12 - 17


Other Instruction: 

We are happy to recommend local kayak instructors, including our own guides, who accept private clients and/or teach small group classes here on Whidbey.  Please contact us and include what exactly you need help with and we're happy to try to point you in the right direction! 

 


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