“There is so much more gained from standing in places like this than there is only sitting in a classroom.”
NOLS sea kayak courses travel to some of the world's greatest locations for ocean paddling, from Alaska's famous Prince William Sound and the unique coastal desert ecosystem of Mexico's Gulf of California to the remote fjords of Patagonian Chile. You'll practice basic and advanced strokes and rescue techniques while traveling in a variety of water conditions.
Patagonia is a remote wilderness of isolated mountain valleys, ragged icy peaks, turbulent rivers, and island archipelagos. This is a land that demands exploration, and you will experience firsthand its dramatic landscape.
NOLS Patagonia, in the Aysen Region of Chile, is a working farm of several hundred acres near the city of Coyhaique. We do all of the planning and logistics to make your expedition into the wilderness an educational experience that lasts a lifetime.
NOLS is an important contributor to the outdoor community in this region as well, offering specialized courses for Chilean educators and students, teaching No Deje Rastro (Leave No Trace), outdoor skills, and leadership. The hallmarks of a NOLS Patagonia course are remoteness, fickle weather, and exploration.
Patagonia has mountains that have never been climbed and valleys populated by pobladores (subsistence ranchers). The conditions in this part of the world are extreme, but they are perfect for honing your outdoor skills and leadership competence.