About Our Body Boat Blade Courses

We offer classes dealing with fundamental boat handling skills, ocean currents, surf, coastal expeditions, white-water, guide training and coach education. These are fun programs held in some of the best learning environments in the Pacific Northwest! The information below is provided as a general guide to each area. You will learn the specifics with each coarse in it’s listing.

Sea Kayak Taster Courses

Give Sea Kayaking a try in this fun series of courses. Designed as a way to introduce people to the wonderful sport of kayaking without the commitment of a more intensive training course. Get your feet wet, have fun, and see what it’s all about!

Foundation Courses

Great for beginners and Improvers alike! Starting with a strong foundation in your kayak skills will allow you to progress quickly and master the “art” of kayaking. Experienced paddlers with weak foundations often encounter problems achieving goals and risk injury as they paddle in more demanding environments. Our beginner kayak classes develop good body awareness, balance, and understanding of how the boat and paddle interact with the water. A solid base of skills will make you a more effective and efficient paddler which will increase your fun and enjoyment of kayaking. Even advanced kayakers can benefit from participating in these kayak classes. Join us!

Dynamic Water Courses

Our series of dynamic water sea kayak courses are focused on building your skills and understanding of moving water. This series of fun sea kayaking classes will help you to develop the core of your understanding and knowledge as a paddler. Studying kayak paddling technique through the relationship between the body, boat, and blade, and then applying this knowledge to the environment is our main goal. This series of sea kayaking classes will also help to further your understanding of assessing risk, navigation, and trip planning. Dynamic water sea kayak courses are about building skills, and having fun!

Coastal Kayaking – Surf & Rocks

Our series of Coastal Kayaking courses are for sea kayakers looking to expand their skill set for paddling along exposed coastlines. In this series you will work on kayak surfing, rock hopping, navigation, planning, exploring coastlines and most importantly – having fun! These classes are designed for paddlers with a good grasp of the basics and are ready to take things to the next level. 


The San Juans Islands are a sea kayaker’s dream for multi day exploration and kayak expeditions. Our kayak expeditions will have us exploring the Cascade Marine Trail, using the tides to move from camp to camp. This series of sea kayaking classes will help to further your understanding of camping from a kayak and help prepare you for planning your future sea kayak expeditions by developing a method of assessing risk, navigation, and trip planning.

Safety and Rescue

A successful kayak rescue could be the difference between life and death. Learn simple kayak rescue skills that work anywhere – from calm water bays to dynamic water environments. These series of Safety and Rescue classes help you to develop a large “tool box” of practical rescue skills that can be used when you need them most. Gain the skill and confidence to preform a rescue and how to manage an incident before it gets out of hand. Take a rescue class each year as a refresher. Although the content is serious, the class is fun!

Kayak Certifications

Starting with a solid foundation and understanding of core kayaking skills, these additional classes are designed to expand your horizon, and to deepen your knowledge and experience as a paddler. Playing in tidal races, navigating at night, learning “twenty seven” different ways to roll your kayak and learning how to lead a group will all enhance and strengthen your abilities and your confidence as a paddler of any craft. These classes include the core knowledge for becoming an effective leader on the sea. Knowledge is good, more knowledge is better.

Private Sea Kayak Coaching

Body Boat Blade is committed to the highest level of private coaching. We will work with you to accomplish your paddling goals, whether it is beginning skills, rescues, rolling, gaining confidence in rough water, British Canoeing certification, or help with planning a trip. Working with one of our coaches 1-on-1 or in a semi-private session is a sure way to accelerate your learning curve and maximize your time on the water!

Professional Guide Training

We offer customizable staff training sessions for groups of guides who have been hired to work in the San Juan Islands and beyond. Body Boat Blade has been running training programs for several kayak tour companies for over 16 years. We work closely with the owners and managers as we plan our trainings, keeping in mind that each organization operates a slightly different program and has specialized needs. We are sensitive to the different company cultures and so we avoid any sort of dogmatic approach to Best Practices. What we teach is strictly on-water skills and risk management, we know that you will have your own way to teach them the soft-skills that makes each company unique.