Coastal Kayaking

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Basic Strokes & Rescues

Deal with marine hazards and other safety issues by learning additional rescues, the influence of weather and tides, and how to refine your strokes.

Learn the basics of coastal kayaking with coaching from an American Canoe Association certified instructor!

This class corresponds to the ACA Coastal Kayak Basic Skills & Rescues course, and begins with some land-based information about navigation, tides & currents, weather conditions, and topics related to safe costal kayaking. Then we'll move to the water, where instruction includes rescue and paddle strokes practice, and we'll even go on a brief tour of Yaquina Bay.

Class meets from 9am until 4pm at the OBF Boathouse in Newport, Oregon.

Requires prior completion of our Kayak Touring class.

What To Bring

Each participant will need to be sure to have the following items:

Don't have a life jacket or wetsuit? Feel free to email us or call (800) 806-4882 for help getting these items together. Ocean Pulse Surfshop in Newport offers a 10% discount on wetsuit rentals for participants in our programs.

Eligibility Criteria

As a matter of safety, to be eligible for our programs each participant must be:

  • Over the age of 14.
  • Able to follow instructions and effectively communicate independently (or with the assistance of a companion).
  • Able to independently swim 50 yards (or with the assistance of a companion).
  • Able to independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face-up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket (or with the assistance of a companion).
  • Able to independently get out and from under a capsized paddlecraft (or with the assistance of a companion).

Our programs are open to everyone. Please email us or call (800) 806-4882 if you would like to participate but require special accomodations.


Prior to participating in one of our programs, we'll need to have a liability waiver form signed for each participant.

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Cancellation Policy

We require at least 14 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled program, or we cannot provide a refund. Our programs require at least 3 participants. If your scheduled program is canceled, we'll notify you at least 14 days prior to the start of the program.

All of our activities are weather dependent, and may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other unsafe conditions. If your scheduled tour or program is cancelled due to safety concerns, you'll receive a full refund.

Scholarships Available

We pride ourselves on making our programs accessible to our community. Scholarships are available to help with the costs of program fees, equipment rentals, snacks, and lunches. Please email us or call (800) 806-4882 for more information.

What's Next?

Once you've completed our Coastal Kayaking Class, we recommend working on refining your strokes and rescues, and get in touch with us about an ACA skills certification.

Kayak Classes

Our one-day sea kayak classes – primarily for adults – help build the skills you need to confidently enjoy kayaking on your own.

Introduction to Kayaking

Get started in sea kayaking with this entry level class by learning basic strokes, maneuvering, rescues, and safety preparation.

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Essentials of Kayak Touring

Expand your skills by learning how to safely enjoy paddling on lakes, calm protected ocean environments, and other flatwater destinations.

Learn More

Coastal Kayaking

Deal with marine hazards and other safety issues by learning additional rescues, the influence of weather and tides, and how to refine your strokes.

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  • Jess Thomas

    Amazing opportunity!

    We live in a small town, and I had no idea my children would be able to have experiences that people in larger cities dream of having. They have had knowledgeable and kind instructors. I have never worried about my children when they were in the care of OBF instructors. Thanks for this incredible opportunity!

    Jess Thomas
    Michelle Schaffer

    Incredible Program!

    My son has not only learned skills to last him a lifetime but he has had fun doing it. He has made lasting friendships, developed confidence on the water and most importantly knows how to be safe. There is no better place to learn to sail or kayak and no better people to do it with!

    Michelle Schaffer
  • Ty Tabor


    I completed two sea kayak classes in 2017, and plan to attend another in 2018. I highly recommend the Oregon Boating Foundation, and my instructor Tom Murphy. You will be knowledgeable, confident, and competent when you're done.

    Ty Tabor
    Anya Panose

    Fun & Informative

    A really fun, informative camp with awesome instructors!

    Anya Panose
  • Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval

    Fun & Informative

    Just prepare… these instructors will transfer their life-long love of water sport into your kids' mind! They are also seriously helpful for age appropriate skill development.

    Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval
    Biwa Tomono-Duval


    Challenging, fun and exciting… you aren't going to be dry kayaking!

    Biwa Tomono-Duval

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