Sea Kayak Lessons

Practice important kayak skills and rescue techniques before heading out into Desolation Sound

Learn important skills such as paddling strokes, launch & land techniques, and self & assisted rescues with a sea kayak lesson before you paddle into Desolation Sound

Anyone who spends regular time on the coast of British Columbia knows that weather often changes unexpectedly and quickly, and perfect conditions can become treacherous in a matter of minutes. Some considerations for paddlers:

  • What will happen if you capsize?
  • How will you get back into your kayak if you capsize far from shore?
  • What can you do to avoid a capsize? Can you brace effectively in different conditions?
  • How can you mitigate adverse weather conditions? What gear will you bring? What route will you take?
  • Do you know how to check weather forecasts daily and plan your trip accordingly?
  • Have you considered the affects of cold water immersion?
  • How about ocean currents?
  • Is seamanship a word you truly understand?
  • What should be considered when paddling in a larger group?
  • Do you know how to make sure your kayak hatches are completely waterproof?

We do not want to scare you away from enjoying a relaxing kayak vacation, but just like any outdoor sport, especially when heading into more remote areas, you need to be prepared for any eventuality.

The more prepared you are, the more practice you have, the more enjoyable the experience will be. If you do not know how to re-enter a capsized kayak, are you going to tense up every time the wind creates ripples on the water or a sailboat sends some wake in your direction?

If you have the knowledge, you are calmer, more relaxed, more confident, and you enjoy yourself more. And if you do end up upside down in the middle of a long crossing, you have the skills to save yourself (and others) with nothing more than a little wounded pride.

Other considerations may be reading tides and currents, chart navigation and route planning, and effective packing techniques. All this knowledge and more will combine to increase your enjoyment, confidence, and safety on the water.

Introductory Lesson

The focus of this basic introductory lesson is on learning how to keep sea kayaking safe and enjoyable, with emphasis on basic strokes, wet-exits, and self- and assisted-rescues.

Please note that these lessons are run by our certified guides and are not certified by any governing or accrediting body. They are designed to merely give you a quick outline and practice of key concepts that will require further practice and instruction to master completely.


  • kayak design
  • safety gear
  • efficient paddle strokes
  • stability
  • launch and land techniques
  • wet-exit
  • assisted rescue

4 Hours // $89 pp.

Sea kayak lessons in Penrose Bay, Okeover Inlet, Desolation Sound

How to Book

We do not have set dates for lessons, and they only run dependant on guide availability.

If we cannot fit you in for a lesson ourselves, most cities and large towns will have a local operator who will be able to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking: basic strokes, wet exits, and self- and assisted-rescues.

All our lessons take place at our Okeover location. Please call our office at 604-483-2160 to discuss whether we can accommodate your group before booking.