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
Why take our introduction kayak class? By taking this course you are setting yourself up to spend more time out on the water by reducing fatigue through efficient paddling technique and establishing good habits in regard to posture and boat fit that will dramatically increase your comfort while out on the water! This course provides an entry level kayaker a comprehensive introduction to kayaking, including capsize recovery. We will work to provide our paddlers with the tools and education needed to safely and efficiently explore the diverse waters of the Puget Sound and beyond.
Your instructor will cover basic kayak safety, paddle strokes, how to fit a kayak and personal flotation device, proper stroke techniques, kayak nomenclature, basic design, body dynamics for efficient strokes, wet exits, capsize recovery (solo and assisted), how to choose a kayak for your needs, getting into and out of a kayak and other important basic skills to give you a strong foundation for a lifetime of paddling.
Not able to make it this time, but still want to have some fun out on the water? Click here for our Summer Calendar!
Dry Suits are provided! *No experience is necessary!
Olympic Outdoor Center Port Gamble: 32379 N Rainier Ave Port Gamble WA 98364
Class starts at 9:00am, but please give yourself a little time to park, change and make your way to the waterfront. We will wrap up at 4pm.
We will start class on the Beach. There we will go over Kayak nomenclature, proper kayak and PFD fit and answer any questions that may arise. From the there we will make our way onto the water and paddle within the protection of the break water to cover basic strokes, the environment and safety.
We will break for lunch around noon to refuel. Stop by the Port Gamble General Store for grab and go goodies like Sandwiches and an assortment of fruit and drinks. Or grab an espresso if you are in need of a quick pick me up. The General Store has treats for all your dietary needs!
Return to the beach learn and practice wet exits and capsize recovery. This class does involve intentionally capsizing and exiting your kayak - *you will go into the water. Once we all have had a chance to practice the learned recovery techniques we will make our way back to the beach and learn how to properly carry our kayaks and how to safely and effectively load and unload them from a vehicle.
It is our goal to provide reasonably priced, quick shipping to our customers, both domestically and abroad. We know your needs vary, so we offer a range of options from economical to expedited.
Free shipping applies to orders shipped to anywhere in the contiguous Unites States and is available on most orders over $49.00. We ship via the US Postal Service or UPS, at our discretion. If you have carrier preference, please select a paid option. Due to size and weight constraints, some products are excluded from this offer. Exclusions consist of Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, One piece Whitewater Paddles, Stand Up Paddles, and Board bags. Read about oversized shipments.
We are pleased to offer free international shipping on many orders over $750.00 USD. Free International shipping does not apply to orders that include oversize items such as one piece paddles or inflatable kayaks. Read about international shipments.
We strive to process all orders within 24 hours. Our Shipping department operates from 10:00am to 3:30pm PST Monday through Friday. While we work to maintain inventory of all products and options listed as available, this is not always possible. If this is the case we will attempt to notify you, the customer, in a timely manner, and work to get the item, or a suitable substitute, shipped out as soon as possible.
|US Postal Service||UPS|
|Parcel Select Ground||2-8 Days||Ground||2-5 Days|
|First Class Mail||2-5 Days||3 Day Select||1-3 Days|
|Priority Mail||1-3 Days||2nd Day Air||1-2 Days|
|Priority Mail Express||1-2 Days||Next Day Air||Overnight|
* Estimated delivery times in business days (Monday-Friday). Express, Next day, 2nd day, and 3 day options must be received by Noon PST to achieve these timelines. Insurance not included. Priority Mail, First Class Mail, UPS 3-Day and UPS Ground do not guarantee delivery dates.
|US Postal Service||UPS|
|First Class Mail Int'l||Varies||Standard||Varies|
|Priority Mail Int'l||6-10 Days||Worldwide Expedited||2-5 Days|
|Priority Mail Express Int'l||3-5 Days||Worldwide Express||1-3 Days|
* For many major markets. Actual number of days may vary based on destination, and customs delays. Estimated delivery times in business days (Monday-Friday). Expedited and Express options must be received by Noon PST to achieve these timelines. Insurance not included.
You can visit www.simplyduty.com to estimate any taxes and fees associated with international orders. These costs are not processed by Olympic Outdoor Center and will be the responsibility of you, the customer, upon receiving the order.
Carriers impose varying size restrictions on international shipments and as such not all shipment methods will be available for all products. These restrictions include, but are not limited to, One-Piece Kayak and SUP Paddles which can not be shipped internationally via the United States Postal Service. You may select to ship the items via UPS or choose to custom order a break-down configuration. Kayak paddles can be ordered in 2 or 4 piece configurations, SUP paddles can be ordered in a 3 piece travel configuration.
Due to the oversize nature of one piece whitewater and SUP paddles, and recent changes in the shipping industry, standard shipping on these items starts at $14.95. One-Piece Kayak and SUP Paddles cannot be shipped internationally via the United States Postal Service. You may select to ship the items via UPS or choose to custom order a break-down configuration. Kayak paddles can be ordered in either 2 or 4 piece configurations, while SUP paddles can be ordered in a 3 piece travel configuration.
The cost of standard shipping on heavier items shipped within the continental U.S. will range in price from $14.95 - $24.95 depending on the size and weight. To find out the exact cost of shipping, simply add the item to your cart and enter the required shipping info.
Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards are only available for in-store pickup or local delivery within the Puget Sound area of Western Washington. Delivery is free within Kitsap County for boat and board purchases over $1000.00 and starts at $50.00 otherwise. The same topography which makes the Puget Sound area such a wonderful place to paddle, also makes it difficult for us to make deliveries. We all love riding the ferries, but they sure can get expensive!
We do not have the ability to ship Kayaks or SUP's outside of Western Washington at this time.
We know things can change so address corrections do happen. If the correction is due to our error or if the package has not shipped from our facility there is no charge, so notify us as soon as possible. Once the package has shipped there is a service fee up to $15.00 to change the delivery address that is charged to us by the carrier. We may not be able to change the address once the package is in transit and it may have to be returned to us for reshipment. If that's the case then you will be liable for any additional shipping costs.
We understand that it can be difficult to get that perfect piece of gear the first time around. That is why here at Olympic Outdoor Center if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase we will grant a full refund or exchange the product for your preferred size or color. Customers are responsible for the shipping costs for returns and/or exchanges. OOC will pay the shipping costs, including shipping refunds, if the return is a result of our error or a manufacturing defect (return tracking number required). Learn More