Kayak Skills Refresher Course

COURSE DATES: Schedule Pending

Please contact us for available dates.


Our Kayak Skills Refresher Course is appropriate for all skill levels.

Save $50 off the cost of registration if you have taken the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course or are a member of the Sitka Kayakers Facebook Group. Use coupon code SWCK2023 during checkout to apply the discount.



  • Equipment, clothing and safety
    • The must haves and could haves and why it matters
    • Weather, statistics and us
  • Strokes
  • Stable edging for turns
  • Wet exits and re-entry
  • Towing
  • Maneuverability: How to get from here to there most efficiently and how to handle the boat in changing circumstances
  • Surf landings
  • Chart use from level of water
  • Choosing wisely
  • Repairs




Payment in full is required at the time of registration.

Full refunds will be made for all cancellations that occur 60+ days out. A refund of 50% will be provided for cancellations that occur 30-60 days prior to start of course.

There are no refunds for cancellations within 30 days of start date. Course will go ahead regardless of weather. Please dress appropriately.





On Land

Who we are and why we are here


  • Let’s look at gear
  • Strokes and paddles (types and why they matter)
  • Traveling as a group
  • Traveling as a group in traffic
  • Wet-exit and re-entry solo and with help

In The Water


  • Forward stroke 30-60 mins
  • Forward sweep 30-60 mins
  • Combinations 30-60 mins
    Break 15 mins
  • Reverse sweep/back-stroke 30-60 mins
  • Free paddle 1-1.5 hours
  • Clean gear
  • Q and A


On Land

  • Review of day 1 on land
  • Q and A

In The Water

  • Stroke review 1 hour
  • Combination drills 1 hour
  • Edging 1 hour
  • Draw Stroke 1/2 hour
  • Side-slip 1/2 hour
  • Free paddle 1 hour
  • Clean gear
  • Q and A


On Land

  • Q and A
  • Wet-exit and re-entry solo and with help
  • EVERYONE dry-land demo wet exit and re-entry

In The Water

  • Strokes, edging, combos 1-2 hours
  • Games: tag, kayak polo 2 hours
  • Free paddle 1 hour
  • Wet exit with re-entry

DAY FOUR (optional)

On Land

  • Q and A
  • Review of days 1-3

In The Water

Getting Out In It
We will go to places with some action in them either strong currents or significant swell and blow-back and spend the day working on our skills there. Chart usage, skills utilization




Michael has been involved in paddle sports all his life. He grew up paddling on the Atlantic where he spent summers paddling and sailing open boats on the ocean and bays and winters in canoes on rivers. In the mid-80’s, he moved west and became a certified class 5 and open water instructor.

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