SK2: Sea Kayak Capsize Recovery

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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.

This is the most important skill you can learn as a kayaker. Our class will teach you how to perform self and assisted rescues as well as better balance and control of your boat, building the knowledge and confidence you need to expand your horizons and grow within the sport. You will increase not only your own safety on the water, but also those around you and the added sense of security means you will have much more fun doing so!

Not able to make it this time, but still want to have some fun out on the water? Click here for our Summer Calendar!

What's Covered:

  • Proper kayak fit
  • Capsizing Safely
  • Wet Exits
  • Paddle Float Rescue
  • T-Rescue
  • Sling Rescue

* The eskimo roll is not covered in this class.

* This class is held on Puget Sounds, Port Gamble Bay

Whats Included:

  • Instruction
  • Kayak, if rented
  • Drysuit Provided
  • Booties/shoes Provided

What to Bring:

  • Full water bottle
  • Insulation to be worn under your dry suit (long sleeve top, pants, socks. Fleece or other synthetic clothing recommended)
  • Complete change of warm clothes for after
  • Towel

* Dry Suit and booties are provided with the class.

Where to Meet:

Olympic Outdoor Center Beach,  Port Gamble, WA:


We will start class on our beach with check-ins and introductions. We'll go over the sea kayak safety including proper immersion gear, kayak fitting, and kayak nomenclature.

Then we'll head onto the water practice wet exits, t-rescues, sling rescues and the paddle float rescue. If we have time at the end, we'll go over exercises for balancing and bracing strokes (capsize prevention!).

What makes Olympic Outdoor Center a good choice?

  • Our staff are professionally Trained.
  • Our Instructors are CPR and First Aid Certified.
  • We keep a low Instructor to student ratio for lots of individual instruction.
  • Olympic Outdoor Center has been creating paddling enthusiasts for over 25 years!

Need to Rent Gear?

Kayaks and equipment are available to rent for this class. All kayak rentals include individually fitted personal flotation device, paddle, bilge pump and paddle float. All rental equipment will be ready at our facility.

Note: Recreational kayaks (under 12') are not allowed in this class. All kayaks must be fully compartmentalized (bulkheads or flotation front & back).
Paddlers who bring their own equipment will also need to bring a Life Jacket, a Bilge Pump and a Paddle Float.