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WKC Basic SK Class 2019

Basic ClassBasic Class Sea Kayaking

Join us for a weekend of FUN and ADVENTURE developing the basic skills needed to safely Sea Kayak on the Puget Sound! This course will provide you with a safe and dynamic introduction to the sport of Sea Kayaking with emphasis placed on:

  • Intro to proper gear equipment and clothing
  • Capsize recovery techniques
  • Effective paddling skills
  • Navigation, Tides and Currents
  • Risk assessment

When and Where

This course will start on Friday June 7th at 4:00 pm and run through Sunday June 9th 3:00 pm at the Cornet Bay Retreat Center at Deception Pass State Park. The address to the Retreat Center is 400 Cornet Bay Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.


Cost of the Course

The cost for the course is $275. This includes:

  • Instruction provided by ACA Certified Instructors,
  • accommodations in cabins with bunk beds,
  • all your meals,
  • hot showers
  • parking.

You will need the following items to participate in the course:

  1. Kayak at-least 13’ in length with watertight bulkheads and hatch covers.
  2. Paddling Dry Suit as we will be spending a good deal of time in the water.
  3. Personal Flotation Device (PFD/Life Jacket)
  4. Spray Skirt
  5. Paddling helmet
  6. Kayak paddle
  7. Paddle Float

If you do not have a any of these items, we have you covered. We have partnered with Kayak Academy a private vendor that has given us a great rental rate. Your rental gear will be delivered to Cornet Bay and Returned for you. Just go to and in the search bar type WKC and it will take you to the link you need for all the gear required for this class.



Tips For Registering

You do not need to be a Washington Kayak Club member to register however there are many benefits to do so such as being able to sign up for club paddling trips upon completion of this course.

If you are part of a "household" membership with the club (1 or more members from the same house), you each need to have your own login and password, getting this taken care of in advance is really helpful. Please contact the Club's Membership Chair Person, Shanna Gachen, to get your individual sign in info.

For registration questions please contact, Barry Walstead, or 253-514-0216

Course Content Inquiries

For questions regarding the course please contact, Rhonda Schwab, or 253-735-9402

Friday, June 07, 2019 to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Cornet Bay Retreat Center
Deception Pass Park
Cornet Bay Retreat Center
400 Cornet Bay Rd
Oak Harbor, WA  98277

Barry Walstead
SK Basic Class
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
To cancel this event you must call Rhonda at 253-735-9402 before May 20, 2018 by 12PM to get a full refund. All cancellations after will be refunded minus $50.00 of the original fee. For those who want to cancel you must send a note to Rhonda at and explain your cancellation.
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