Pacific Northwest Sea Kayaking Instructor Course

Credit: Doug Demarest

Pacific Northwest Sea Kayaking Instructor Course

This instructor course will not be offered in 2019. Check out the courses that will be offered on the Course Finder.

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.

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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

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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