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Alaska Kayak School

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Upcoming Events 2015

What is the Alaska Kayak School? Since 1999, the Alaska Kayak School offered expedition support and ran guided adventures for skilled sea paddlers, as well as offered ACA and BCU skills, leadership and instructor/coach education programs in coastal Alaska from Ketchikan to Kodiak and all over the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound. In 2012, we moved our base to Kodiak Island, where sea kayaking has been an important part of the culture for 7,000 years.

Starting March 15th 2013, we will be offering kayaking skills training courses in the Kodiak US Coast Guard Base MWR pool, and sea kayaking skills, leadership and instructor training courses in the stunning coastal environments of Kodiak Island. For our new adventure on Kodiak, We are building on 14 years of non-stop teaching in the mainland pools in Homer, Soldotna, Seward and Anchorage, plus a very full calendar of guided trips, expedition support, as well as sea kayaking training and assessment courses to offer courses on Kodiak: Introductory skills (ACA level 1-2), Improver skills (ACA level 3) and open water skills (ACA level 4), BCU 2 and 3 star training and assessments, ACA Day Trip leader Assessment Courses, and ACA Instructor Development and Certification Exam programs. Specialty courses and custom courses we offer include: Introduction to moving water, Sea Kayak Navigation (theory and applied, intro and intermediate), Introduction to Paddling Sea Kayaks in Moving Water, Introduction to Sea Kayak Surfing, Eskimo Rolling, Night Paddling and a bit more.We are available to teach custom courses "off-Island", including the extremely popular American Canoe Association Day Trip Leader Assessment Course, so please contact us for details for teaching courses off-island.

Safety Tips

American Canoe Association Top 10 Paddling Safety Tips
Sea Kayaker Mag, cold water consequences