Entry-Level 2

Short Program

Adjustable Course Duration

Gain Advanced Kayaking Skills

Calling all kayak novices with some kayaking experience! If you’re searching for a way to improve your current kayaking skills, look no further. This Level 2 course provides the perfect setup for individuals that have a love for the outdoors (watersports in particular), and those that require official kayak training for kayaking tours in Sitka. This essential kayak educational class is ideal for kayak tour operators who need to train staff to lead kayak adventures of their own.

Click on the “Course Overview” tab below to see all the elements covered in this Level 2: Essential of Kayak Touring course.

Why Choose This Course?

If you enjoyed the Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking course, then you’ll certainly enjoy this Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring class to further build on your basic knowledge and skills with various new exercises to become an advanced kayaker.

Whether you are a kayak enthusiast in your free time or work in a field that requires you to guide participants of kayak tours, this class is an excellent booster for you to brush up on your knowledge and skills in order to provide safe and enjoyable guidance to others on a kayak trip.

As with our Level 1 course (Introduction to Kayaking), all the essential equipment is provided for you! All you need to bring is a lot of enthusiasm and a smile, along with appropriate clothing and snacks/food, and water for yourself.

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Course Details

Course Details


$150 per person

Start date and time

TBD (schedule will be determined after booking)


Calm, protected water with constant access to safe landing and within .5 nm from shore, winds less than 10 knots, waves less than 1 foot, current less than 1 knot, no surf – shore break less than 1 ft.

Meeting point

TBD closer to the course start date


March 1- October 31
Friday, Saturday or Sunday


Up to 1 day (8 hours)*

*The course duration will be adjusted to best fit the needs and goals of the participants.

Group size

5 participants to 1 instructor (minimum 2 participants)


Solo kayak, paddle, PFD, paddle float, throw bag, tow rope, bilge pump, signaling whistle

Not included

Clothing, food or water

What to bring

– Water, snacks and/or lunch
– Appropriate clothing for paddling that you don’t mind getting wet:
– Socks
– Base layers (wool/synthetic, avoid cotton)
– Warm insulation
– Rain gear
– Beanie
– Gloves (rubber works great)
– Footwear (neoprene booties are best but tennis shoes are fine)

Participation requirements

The minimum age requirement for this tour is 10 years old

About your guide

ACA-certified kayak instructor

What You'll Do On This Course

Hey Kayaker! This is a basic overview of the curriculum for the Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking class. Once you sign up, you will receive a detailed document outlining all the topics and practical exercises that are covered in this full-day course, some of which include:

  • Safe transportation of the kayak
  • Entering and exiting the kayak
  • Safe paddle posture
  • Basic strokes to propel and turn
  • Identifying safe paddling conditions
  • Engage in self and assisted rescues & rescue tools
  • Navigational signaling tools
  • First Aid/repair kits
  • Environmental considerations (weather, wind, waves)

Please Keep In Mind

There are no prerequisites to undertake this course.

We will be using sea kayaks (sit-in-kayaks) as opposed to sit-on-top kayaks and introducing the use of spray skirts.

Participants are encouraged to participate fully in the rescues to get the most out of the subjects covered, but everything is challenge by choice, and no one will be forced to engage in something that makes them uncomfortable.

All participants must meet the Eligibility Criteria.

Participants can also opt to complete an assessment for this course. See the assessment section for more details.

Continue Your Training With These Courses...

Level 3 Coastal Kayaking: Part 1 – Basic Strokes & Rescues
Level 3 Coastal Kayaking: Part 2 – Strokes & Maneuvers Refinement
Kayak Training Assessment