Sea Kayaking: First Splash – Introduction to Paddling (June 25, 2023)

Join Community Boating Center and The Bronze Chapter and be introduced to the boats, equipment, and basic skills of kayaking on Bellingham Bay! In this low-pressure and supportive class, you’ll get used to kayaking and taking things at your own pace. We will help you to build the confidence needed to come back for more on your own. The main goal here is to allow you a safe space to try something new and enjoy being on the water. This class is a wonderful precursor to our Essentials of Sea Kayaking class where you can take the next steps to become an independent paddler. There is no requirement to capsize or re-enter the boat in this class, so if tipping makes you nervous and you want to explore the other aspects of kayaking first, this class is for you!

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Students will learn about: 
-Necessary equipment
-How to enter your kayak
-Paddle strokes
-Cold water safety
-On-water safety communication

Prerequisites: None! This course is designed as a prerequisite to our Essentials of Sea Kayaking and Rescues & Recoveries courses.

Date: June 25 – (if the date is full, join the waitlist here)
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Ages: 16+
Cost: $25
Place: Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
Lodging: If you’d like to stay and participate in other programs let us know so we can pass along info for area stay or camping options

We couldn’t do this without the awesome team at Community Boating Center that is committed to supporting BIPOC community in the movement towards a more diversified outdoors.


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