SEA KAYAK TRIPS

Trips are built around our core philosophy of developing independent paddlers.

Build your skills in real-life conditions with multiple days of coaching to accelerate your pace of learning.

 

SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Our low student-coach ratios allow us to embrace the environment offering challenges that are accessible and fun. Some skills we might focus on include, boat handling in conditions, paddling in current, rock gardening, surfing, leadership, navigation, group management strategies, safety, and rescues.

SEA KAYAK ADVENTURE TRIPS

Each of the adventure trip destinations offers a range of paddling environments so we can choose the optimal conditions for the group. Trips begin with a group discussion of goals and aspirations and day one on the water is typically a warm-up and skills benchmarking day.  The remainder of the trip will take the best advantage of the environment.  For most trips, we offer boat transportation for an additional fee. Lodging and most of your meals are also included for the majority of trips. Our trips are designed to foster learning in unique environments. 

Rhode island Ocean Skills Week mansions along the coast

Rhode Island | 7 Nights / 6 Days

This ocean skills week provides learning opportunities in amazing venues. Skills we could develop include, paddling in tides and currents, rock gardens, navigating open-water crossings, surfing and more.

2024 | Registration TBA

Manitou Islands | 3 Nights / 4 Days

The Manitous trip is all backcountry camping with the opportunity to refine strokes and rescues in conditions, develop control in the surf zone and learn to deal with the intricacies of paddling a loaded sea kayak. The Manitou Islands lie approximately 8 miles off the mainland near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  We’ll make the crossing (if the conditions are right) and spend the next 4 days exploring the islands from the kayaks and on foot.

2024  | Registration TBA

soo locks kayaks

Soo Locks| 1 Nights / 2 Days

This is an amazing weekend paddling long boats in current on the St. Mary’s River.  We focus on boat handling in current, developing the skills needed to paddle in the tidal conditions of the ocean but right here at home.  Skills we might incorporate include boat control in current, ferries, eddy turns, peel outs, self and group rescues PLUS a trip through the Soo Locks if conditions allow. The St. Mary’s is a unique paddling venue with wide open crossings, swift current, Great Lakes Freighters (up close and personal) and rapids to play in below the locks.

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Summer | $350 | Registration TBA

Maine | 7 Nights / 6 Days

Explore Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park area. This adventure trip offers lots of current for all levels, reversing falls, rock gardening, surfing, and spectacular beauty. In partnership with Nate Hansen we will engage with the dynamic environment on the stunning coast.

Summer | $1,795 | Register

Ireland | 7 Nights / 8 Days

Come with us to County Donegal in the Northwest of the Republic of Ireland for a week of unsurpassed sea kayaking. Donegal has something for everyone, 1,800 foot high cliffs, sea caves, arches, mile-long surfing beaches, protected bays and coastlines exposed to the full effect of the North Atlantic.  This is truly an unparalleled experience come to enjoy these dynamic waters and endless beauty. 

Summer | $2,700 | Register

Straits of Mackinac| 1 Night / 2 Days

The Straits area offers multiple amazing paddling opportunities. There are options for open-water crossings under the Mackinac Bridge or across to Mackinac Island.  Wilderness Point and the nearby Dark Sky Park offer great environments for developing skills. This weekend is an fantastic opportunity to experience Michigan’s fall beauty. 

Fall | $350 | Register

Tybee Island | 7 Night / 6 Days

One of the most unique islands on the East Coast.  Tybee Island Ocean Skills Week takes full advantage of all Tybee has to offer paddlers.  We will play and learn on her great surf beaches, back bays, and the world famous “Triangle” tidal race. Coaching sessions will take best advantage of whatever conditions the Atlantic throws at us.  With access to protected water as well as waves and the tide races around the island, we’ll always have something to meet the challenge you are looking for.

Fall | $1,495 | Register Sold Out

kayaker breaking out through surf

Matanzas Inlet | 7 Night / 6 Days

Besides escaping the cold this trip provides a variety of opportunities paddling from the Matanzas River to current play to surfing and more.  The Matanzas River provides protected conditions and the Matanzas Inlet will provide some bumpy conditions and moving water plus miles of surfing beaches in both directions. We can also include an ACA Level 3 or 4 Skills Assessment for anyone interested.

Winter | $1,495 | Register

An incredible place for building community and chasing waves

– Tara

I learned the river gives you immediate feedback but also learned the community is there to help pick up the pieces.

– Scott