Alex Lalonde moved to Washington State in 2018. With a university degree in Expeditionary Studies, years of mentorship under top-level coaches, and working as an instructor in Europe, he came looking for his opportunity to share his passion and expertise. Joining him in the move to Washington State was his close friend Ted Tetrault. Their friendship was honed through several international expeditions and years of rigorous educational training to qualify as internationally recognized coaches. Every generation stands on the shoulders of those who came before and these two are outstanding examples of next-generation coaches who have learned from the best and who are taking paddlesport instruction to the next level.
Running a small business is never easy. In order to maintain a learner-centered approach, Alex has teamed up with Megan and Erik Schorr, owners of a kayak tour company and a kayak rental outfit located on Fidalgo Island and longtime residents of the San Juan Islands. This co-ownership will allow Alex and his team of coaches to focus completely on the development of the courses and their students’ needs while Megan and Erik focus on the administration and logistics.
The new home of Body Boat Blade is in Anacortes Washington. This convenient location on beautiful Fidalgo Island allows class participants to access us easily from Seattle and the surrounding area. Fidalgo Island may be one of the best places in the Pacific Northwest to develop your paddling skills. In addition to protected lakes and bays we have the dynamic waters of Deception Pass right in our backyard. Several small offshore islands present opportunities for learning how to navigate complex tidal streams and more exposed conditions. Fidalgo Island is also the Home Port to the San Juan Islands and our expeditionary classes will explore throughout the islands. The nearby rugged Washington and British Columbia coasts offer excellent opportunities for our surf, white-water and expedition courses.
Body Boat Blade specializes in high-quality instruction for paddlers at any skill level. Our certified instructors are committed to upholding the highest standards of coaching, leadership, and judgment in every program that we offer. To round out your learning experience, we offer year-round courses taught by world-renowned guest coaches.
We believe that kayaking is all about having fun. By increasing your skills you greatly increase the fun, excitement, and opportunities you have as a paddler. Our year-round courses range in length from three hours to five-day kayak camps. Our progressive curriculum includes fundamental skills training, surfing, rough water and tidal race paddling, leadership and guide training, British Canoeing (BC) training and assessments, video stroke analysis, navigation, expeditioning, white-water, and private instruction. All coaches at Body Boat Blade International are British Canoeing certified, and work within the remit of their awards.