Southeast Alaska Sea Kayaking

Southeast Alaska Sea Kayaking


  • Paddle the heart of Alaska's Inside Passage—a land of forest and ocean
  • Paddle 150-250 miles with opportunities to hike in old-growth forest
  • Possible fishing
  • See humpback and orca whales, sea lions, black tail deer, moose, and river otters
  • Explore spectacular tidal zones
  • 16- and 17-year-old only option available (see dates below)
Since 1971, NOLS students have been exploring the wilds of Alaska in sea kayaks. Theres no better way to take in Alaska's dramatic coastline than by gliding on the water.

Your launching point for this course is Petersburg, located in the heart of Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage. This archipelago is a remote land of forest and ocean. Beaches jut up against dense, temperate rain forests, where giant spruce and hemlock rise to neck-craning heights.

Much of your time will be spent near Kuiu Island, an ancient forest home to black bears, wolves, Sitka black-tailed deer, moose, and river otters. You'll learn to plan routes and navigate them using nautical charts, as well as hone technical skills such as paddling and open-water crossings.

You may be rewarded by catching halibut or salmon or seeing the humpback and orca whales that abound in the area.


Location NOLS Alaska
Tuition $4,500 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $400
Minimum Age 16
Duration 30 Days
Types Classic and Classic - 16 & 17 Only
Start/End Petersburg, NOLS Alaska
Fly in/out Petersburg, NOLS Alaska
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“The most rewarding part of this course was getting out of my element, and experiencing nature at its fullest.”

-Thomas W.

Southeast Alaska Sea Kayaking Grad