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Family Kayaking 101, Beginning Sea Kayak Safety Skills

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm




Beginning Family Sea Kayak Safety Skills.

Has it been a while since you’ve capsized? Do you and your family or group of friends want to improve your sea kayaking skills and become comfortable wet exiting? If so, you need to take this course! Our students tell us, “kayaking is more fun once you’ve overcome the fear of capsizing”. Your youth will tell you they like being in the water as much as in the kayak so practicing safely exiting is just fun.

Our instructors are patient and well trained to help families work through new skills together. In addition to wet exits, we will put you on the path to an efficient forward stroke and show you how to turn and steer a straight course with and without rudders. We teach both feathered and unfeathered paddling technique, and let you experiment to find out which style you prefer (with proper technique, either one is good.). If you or one of your family members is a veteran kayaker and is already comfortable with capsizing and rescues, we will individualize the class to get them working on some more advanced skills. Everyone should practice a wet exit at least a couple times a year.

Prerequisites: Everyone should be able to swim and well enough to be comfortable putting their head under water and able to swim the freestyle/front crawl stroke or breaststroke without a buoyancy aid. And yes, we wear PFD’s (life jackets) while on the water — but you still need basic swimming skills. Minimum age– eight (8) years old.

More information and to register at link below. Space is limited. Fees apply.



Lake Sammamish State Park
2000 NW Sammamish Rd
Issaquah, WA 98027
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