Pacific Northwest Sea Kayak Instructor Course

Pacific Northwest Sea Kayak Instructor Course


  • We will begin taking applications for 2017 instructor courses on September 1, 2016
  • The application deadline for 2017 instructor courses is November 15, 2016
  • You will be notified of your application status by February 1, 2017
The waters of coastal British Columbia provide a dynamic and beautiful environment for this Sea Kayak Instructor Course. The travel here will prepare you to work in the rest of NOLS’ sea kayaking course areas, from Alaska to Baja. The expedition will focus on teaching, as well as learning, the NOLS curriculum: You and your coursemates will provide each other feedback on your teaching techniques throughout the course. The course will be shaped by the experience that you and your peers bring to it.

Technical kayaking skills will be emphasized on this Instructor Course, from rescues and emergency procedures to navigation and weather awareness. A wide range of flora and fauna abound here, from the surrounding forested hills to the tidal pools on the rocky shores. While there will be a lot to cover, you will be able to enjoy this environment and potentially try your hand at fishing. Wilderness living skills will also be a critical component of the course as you focus on teaching novices how to stay warm, dry, and happy in this maritime environment.

Get more information on instructor course qualifications and application process here.


Location NOLS Pacific Northwest
Tuition $5,015 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $250
Minimum Age 21
Duration 35 Days
Type Instructor
Start/End Conway, Washington
Fly in/out Seattle, Washington
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
  • 2 Hours Leadership
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
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