Classroom-Based Modules

6 Modules Now Available!

Tides, Currents, & Weather

Tides, current, and wind are the essentials to how water moves and determining how we move through the water.

Understanding these forces will help you make smarter decisions in trip planning and while on the water in Puget Sound and beyond.

We’ll cover the basics of each, how they are interrelated and the impact they have on us and our plans.

*This module is a prerequisite for Practical Navigation.
*Recommended printed materials are available at a discount when registering.

Practical Sea Kayak (SUP) Navigation

This course is an an introduction to navigation for trip planning and open water crossings. It’s designed to provide simplified methods using less math – covering the needs of the average paddler.

  • Reading nautical charts
  • Finding bearings
  • Ranges and transits
  • Plotting a course to steer

*Tides, Currents, & Weather module is a prerequisite.
*Recommended printed materials are available at a discount when registering.

Packing a Sea Kayak

Even a day trip means carrying and properly stowing gear. What should you carry with you? Where should it be packed?

Planning an overnight trip? Things get more complicated as we add more gear.

This module will cover:

  • The gear you’ll need
  • Gear you’ll want to consider (adding or skipping)
  • A primer on how to pack everything properly

Gear and outfitting

  • Required and recommend gear
  • Outfitting your kayak for comfort and safety
  • Choosing the right paddle 
  • Cold water shock, hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Communication on the water
  • Transporting kayaks
  • First Aid and kayak repair kits
  • And more

Audible and Visual Communication*

We’ll discuss:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of each method
  • Means of communication available for each methods
  • Best practices and procedures for using them.

We’ll walk through real-world scenarios and participants will be provided a list of recommended devices and resource links after the class.

*This course is exclusively offered online and runs 90 minutes

VHF Radios & PLBs*

Everything you need to know from choosing a VHF to basic operation including:

  • Choosing a VHF radio and PLB
  • Setting up the VHF radio
  • Which channels we use to make calls
  • The language we use when making calls
  • How to call – with easy to follow scripted scenarios

*This course is exclusively offered online and runs 90 – 120 minutes and includes a downloadable calling cheat sheet for your PFD and resource links for more detailed information.

Module scheduling

Rather than working off a set calendar, modules are scheduled when the student (or group) signs up. This includes the date, time, and class location. 

 

Customized scheduling offers great flexibility – learn at your pace on your schedule.


On occasion, pre-set dates and locations will be made available to supplement your learning or for those looking to work on a specific skill.

Each instructional module is available year round. 

Module pricing

Classroom (in-person):

  • $155 per person (3 person minimum per class)
    • Group rates available (5-9 & 10+ participants)
  • Mileage fee may apply for classes outside the Tacoma – Seattle area

Classroom (Zoom – live with Q&A):

  • $95 per person (3 person minimum per class)
    • Group rates available (5-9 & 10+ participants)

Classroom (Online – COMING SOON):

  • $75 for non-members
  • Free for members

Policies and disclaimers:

  • On-water kayak instruction modules require a signed waiver, full immersion gear with appropriate thermal protection (wetsuit or drysuit with appropriate base layers), and an approved PFD. SUP/paddle board modules require a leash. Gloves, neoprene booties or appropriate water shoes, and a neoprene skull cap are recommended. No cotton may be worn for any on-water instruction module. Helmets and/or additional safety gear may be required for some modules.
  • No gear is provided. My gear and outfitting class is recommended for beginners prior to taking on-water modules.
  • Modules (with some exceptions) are open to sit in recreational kayaks and sea kayaks (including skin-on-frame kayaks) with a minimum of front and rear bulkheads or approved flotation and SOT kayaks.
  • For pool sessions, wetsuits or rash guards are recommended. (Drysuits are not recommended for pool use as they can be damaged by chlorine.)
  • All modules require a signed waiver prior to participation.
  • Minors 14+ may participate in select modules with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Refunds are provided in full if the student cancels prior to 72 hours before module start time, or I cancel the module. Student cancellations within 72 hours of module start time are refunded at 75% unless the module is rescheduled.

COVID 19 Safety Protocols:

  • All modules require proof of vaccination. (exception MAY be made on a per case basis).
  • Please bring a mask that can be quickly worn when necessary.
  • On land we will be wearing masks and maintaining 6’ when possible
  • If you show any signs or symptoms please cancel immediately.