Introduction to Kayaking

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Learn to Sea Kayak

Learn the basics of sea kayaking with coaching from a highly trained instructors. This class is modeled after the ACA Introduction to Kayaking course, and begins with some relatively brief land-based information about kayaks, equipment and topics related to kayak safety. Then we'll move to the water, where instruction includes demonstrations and practice of a variety of paddle strokes, boat maneuvers and rescue skills. We'll even go on a brief kayak tour.

Class meets from 9 AM until 4 PM at Olalla Reservoir outside Toledo, Oregon.

Our kayak classes take place at Olalla Reservoir outside Toledo, Oregon.

2021 Schedule

We have two kayak classes scheduled this summer:

If you have more than 4 people, and would like to schedule a custom class, please contact us.

What To Bring

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

For a full list or recommended items, please see our program gear list. Don't have a life jacket or wetsuit? In the Newport area, Ossies Surf Shop and Pura Vida Surf Shop offer wetsuit rentals. Feel free to email us or call (800) 806-4882 for help getting these items together.

Eligibility Criteria

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

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

Scholarship Information

We pride ourselves on making our programs accessible to our community. Thanks to our generous donors, 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.

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 program is cancelled due to safety concerns, you'll receive a full refund.

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