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Kayaking Classes & Lessons

Whether you are brand new to kayaking and looking to get started, a seasoned paddler looking to expand your skillset, or just need a refresher, we have kayak classes and lessons for you. Hosted in beautiful, historic and charming Port Gamble, Washington, on Hood Canal our friendly instruction environment is great for everyone to learn the necessary skills, techniques, and safety considerations so you too can be safe and comfortable while you explore the world of kayaking, a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

Here at Olympic Outdoor Center, we have been teaching classes for over 25 years and all of our instructors are experienced paddlers skilled in multiple techniques and safety rescues and we are committed to developing and delivering the best programs possible. We hire and train skilled instructors who are passionate about teaching, the environment, and outdoor recreation. All instructors have basic first aid and CPR certifications.




Smart Start: Introduction to Sea Kayaking and Capsize Recovery

Starting at $130.00

Learn the basics of sea kayaking and get comfortable in a kayak. After an introduction on land, you'll head out on the protected water of Port Gamble Bay to learn essential strokes, skills, and capsize recovery. Read More 



SK2: Sea Kayak Capsize Recovery

Starting at $89.00

This fun, fantastic class will give you the skills and confidence to paddle on the Puget Sound and beyond. Your professionally trained instructors will guide you through solo and two-person rescues, sling rescues, wet exits, equipment selection and on-water safety. Read More 



SK3: Sea Kayak Touring Essentials

Starting at $139.00

This class is an important step in becoming a competent sea kayaker with the proper equipment, techniques, knowledge and abilities. We'll start in our store where we'll learn about kayaks, paddle and clothing materials and sizing, chart reading and the sea kayak 10+ essentials. Read More 



Private Instruction or Tour: Anytime

Starting at $120.00

Private Instruction from Olympic Outdoor Center: Almost any paddling topic can be covered in a private lesson. Want to improve your paddle strokes? Practice capsize recovery? Learn the Eskimo Roll? Read More