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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course

If you have been wanting to learn how to Whitewater Kayak, this course is for you!  
The course is designed for the person with no prior boating experience.  You will learn basic paddle and bracing strokes, how to roll a kayak, river hydrology, and safety, all in a relaxed and friendly environment from certified kayak instructors.
We teach this course only annually in March, before the spring rains and the snow melts. 
This course always fills up - Registration begins January 1st.
2016 Schedule:
The class combines 7 sessions of classroom, pool, and lake/river instruction, held in the South Seattle area and nearby rivers
3/5  (Sa)    11:00am - 5:00pm
   Classroom & Pool
3/6 (Su)    10:00am - 2:00pm    River
3/12  (Sa)    2:30pm - 5:00pm    Pool
3/13  (Su)    10:00am - 4:00pm    River
3/19 (Sa)    2:30pm - 5:00pm    Pool (optional)
3/20 (Su)    10:00am - 4:00pm
3/26 (Sa)    10:00am - 4:00pm    River - Graduation Paddle!
More Information:
Detailed information regarding the beginner course can be found in the Student Handbook
WKC (Washington Kayak Club) membership is required; WKC membership provides on-water trips and discounted pool sessions throughout the life of your membership ($35 annual individual or $40 annual household membership)
  • Students need to be able to safely transport kayak/gear to all events.
  • Students need to supply their own equipment. Rental options are available for students through Kayak Academy located in Issaquah.  Different packages are available; the main package includes: Kayak, PFD (personal floatation device), sprayskirt, float bags, helmet, paddle, drysuit, booties, & cap for $172
         Kayak Academy Rental Prices
  • Required equipment below is needed by first day of course
  • The course is a significant time commitment and participation in all sessions are required to continue in the course unless otherwise posted.
  • Access to the internet for PDF reading assignments and online video viewing.
  • Meet the WKC Essential Criteria outlined below
Gear Matrix:
( X ) Required Equipment - needed by first weekend of course
 ( R ) Recommended ( O ) Optional ( n/a ) Not Applicable
Pool River 
Kayak Equipment
X X Whitewater Hard-Shell Kayak
Float bags for back of kayak (front also if long)
O X Whitewater Style Helmet 
X X Whitewater Paddle 
X X Whitewater Sprayskirt (needs to fit your kayak) 
X X Whitewater PFD (personal floatation device) 
n/a X Drysuit or Long-john Wetsuit/Drytop Combo 
X Booties 
X Paddling Gloves 
O Nose Plugs 
Pool River Misc Equipment
n/a  X Waterproof bag (needs to attach inside boat, holds lunch)
n/a  X Discover Pass ($10 per river day, $30 annual pass)
Pool  River Clothing
R Helmet Liner/Hat (for warmth)
X Socks (wool / synthetic)
n/a  X Wicking base layer (capilene, polypropylene, wool, fleece)
n/a  X Wicking insulation layer (capilene, polypropylene, wool, fleece)
n/a Pool wear (ideas include: swimsuit, shorts, wicking top, neoprene, rash guard, booties)
The WKC is all volunteer and non-profit, any income benefits our members and our community.
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Local River TBA
Shanna Gachen
WW Class
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel up to January 31, 2016 and receive a full refund. After January 31 2016, money is not refunded unless someone fills your spot on the roster, at which time all money will be refunded.

Please note: The Washington Kayak Club and whitewater kayak instructors cannot be responsible for changes or cancellations made due to extreme weather or water conditions, which can impact class River Days. If an alternative location is not available, the River Day may be cancelled and efforts will be made to reschedule a River Day within a reasonable timeframe.

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