Deception Pass
Deception Pass
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Find the class that’s right for you and reserve your workshop now. Contact us directly. Personalized coaching and classes for every skill level–it’s time to start planning 2024.

Why Choose BBB?
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Body Boat Blade was voted the best kayak school in the west two times by Sea kayaker Magazines readers choice award and …

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Welcome to our new home in Anacortes Washington. Easy access from the Seattle Area to beautiful Fidalgo Island. Come develop your paddling skills.

Welcome to body boat blade

Body Boat Blade offers a full range of kayak courses designed for beginner kayakers, progressive kayak instruction for intermediate kayakers, and exciting kayak classes for the advanced paddler looking to take their kayaking skills and leadership to the next level. Join a kayak class in the San Juan Islands or learn how to handle a sea kayak in Deception Pass! We are also one of the few providers of British Canoeing awards on the West Coast and offer assessment opportunities for kayakers who want to pursue certification pedigrees. Our coaches are internationally certified and have received university degrees in expeditionary planning and outdoor leadership.

After 18 years on Orcas Island, Body Boat Blade has moved to Anacortes, Washington. Our kayak classes are now an easy drive from the Seattle area and Bellingham, no ferries required.


Ryan Crochiere
Course: Advanced Tidal Currents
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Alex and his apprentice Ryan were excellent! ...Alex even sent me a video afterwards comparing one of my strokes that he was helping me to refine from beginning to end including footage of when I did it correctly vs incorrectly. How great that I get to continue to referring back to that as I strengthen that skill. Read full review >>
Miranda Harris
Course: Sea Kayak Foundations
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I would highly recommend the foundations course for anyone new to paddling or needing a refresher after a hiatus. We initially questioned whether a "foundations" class would be right for us, thinking we may need to start at a more advanced level. We were so wrong!!! Foundations is jam-packed with necessary information!! Read full review >>
Patti Swanson
Course: Performance Paddling
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I just finished taking a Performance Paddling class with Alex. Amazing. Before the class he spent time finding out my skills and things I wanted to work on to get the most out of the class. During the class he gave great instructions followed by practice and positive reinforcement. ... Read the full review >>
Viktor Farkas
Course: Deception Pass Tides and Currents
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I took a performance paddling class with BBB and would recommend them to anyone. I first talked to Alex about my paddling experience and what I wanted to get out of a class. Based on that he recommended a class for me that covered most of my needs. He was a knowledgeable, thoughtful and supportive guide and went out of his way to make sure we were all pleased with the class. Read full review >>
Henry Buchala
Course: Deception Pass Tides and Currents
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We had a great intro to new paddling skills with Alex in Deception Pass. He is able to assess a paddlers skill level and plan a safe and well thought out program that strikes a perfect balance between maintaining confidence and pushing one's limits. Highly recommended!! Read full review >>
Reisa Latorra
Course: Sea Kayak Foundations
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What a fantastic class. I learned so much about paddling strokes and maneuvering. We practiced rescues (again, a totally different animal in my new boat) and towing techniques. Trip planning, chart reading, some bracing, and many other topics are covered. Alex is an incredibly knowledgeable teacher, as well as patient and encouraging and a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

Popular Courses

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Foundations Level 1

Build a solid foundation of skills that will support your development for many years to come! Appropriate for paddlers at any level who are interested in focusing on the fundamentals of sea kayaking.

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Sea Kayaking Surfing

Progress your kayaking skills in the surf zone. This course is designed for people taking their first steps toward kayaking in a coastal environment where surf is present, but is appropriate for every level of kayaker!


Sea Kayak Safety

The most important skills in kayaking – rescue skills. No matter your ability level, this course will give you the confidence to venture away from shore and explore without worrying about what to do if you tip over.

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Rolling and Bracing

Learn to roll with our professional kayak team! In this half-day class we learn the mechanics of keeping your kayak upright and rolling your kayak after a capsize.

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Foundations Level 2

Appropriate for paddlers that want to expand their understanding the fundamentals of kayaking technique. Build a solid foundation of skills that will support your development for many years to come!

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Intro: Paddling in Current

The San Juan Islands provide the perfect classroom for people who wish to enrich their paddling experience safely explore the coastal environment. If you have never paddled on swift-moving water before, this is the course for you.

News and Updates

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Kayak and Drysuit Rentals

Kayak and Drysuit Rentals! We offer equipment rentals of kayaks and dry suits for those of you not prepared to drop the big bucks. Our kayaks are P&H plastic kayaks. We have Virgo, Leo and Scorpio models available. We have

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Ski 2 Sea Kayak Rentals

Body Boat Blade will now offer premium sea kayak rentals for the Ski to Sea adventure race. If you take our 1/2 day Sea Kayak Safety & Rescue Class, we will take $50 off your sea kayak rental! Important Information

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Training Crew #115

Last weekend Body Boat Blade ran a Leadership Training for the Snoqualmie Valley Venturing Crew #115. The crew of teens ranged from ages 14-20, and their purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare

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