Pacific Northwest Sea Kayaking Instructor Course

Credit: Doug Demarest

Pacific Northwest Sea Kayaking Instructor Course

Applications are now closed. This course will not be offered in 2018.

The waters of coastal British Columbia provide a dynamic and beautiful environment for this course. The travel here will prepare you to work in 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 course, from rescues and emergency procedures to navigation and weather awareness. 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. 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.

Learn more about instructor courses with NOLS here

  • 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



Stay tuned for upcoming course dates.


All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
35 days
Minimum Age
21 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Leadership
  • 2 Risk Assessment
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Conway, Washington
Fly in/out
Seattle, Washington
Skills learned

Sea Kayaking

Additional Details

Prerequisite: Minimum of a 70-hour Wilderness First Responder and current adult CPR certification