Kayak Classes

Alaska Boat & Kayak Center offers spring and summer kayak classes for beginners and intermediate paddlers.  The classes focus on the skills required to safely and efficiently paddle in Southeast Alaska's ocean environment.  Classes include kayak and all paddle accessories, dry suits and booties.  ABAK maintains a 1:5 instructor to student ratio or less on all of their classes.  All classes are taught by a certified American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor. 

Benefits of Taking a Kayak Class:

  • Learn new paddling skills and rescue techniques
  • Meet potential paddling partners and learn about paddling options in the Juneau Area
  • Receive 10% off discount on in-stock paddling accessories at our Office (2767 Sherwood Lane Unit D) and Kayak Shop in Auke Bay
  • Receive 10% off discount on new kayak purchases (shipping not included)

In order to participate in a kayak class offered by Alaska Boat & Kayak and Above and Beyond Alaska, each participant must meet the following essential eligibility criteria:

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position
  • Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants
  • Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion
  • Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion
 

      

Beginner Classes

Our beginner kayak classes are designed to provide a newer paddler with all of the basic skills to be able to safely and efficiently paddle in calm ocean conditions.  These classes focus on basic paddle skills, as well as self and partner rescue. Participants will learn how to be efficient in their strokes, understand and work with their boat’s stability, execute a wet exit and re-entry, and how to assist another boater who’s capsized. Classes include kayak and all paddle accessories, dry suits and booties.

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2016 Beginner Kayak Class Dates Cost Per Person Time Location
Saturday, May 21st $157.50 (includes tax) 9am Amalga Harbor Parking Lot
Saturday, June 25th $157.50 (includes tax) 9am Auke Lake Parking Lot
Saturday, July 23rd $157.50 (includes tax) 9am Auke Lake Parking Lot 
Saturday, August 20th $157.50 (includes tax) 9am Auke Lake Parking Lot 

Intermediate Classes

Our intermediate kayak classes build on the basic skills developed in a beginner class and on personal kayak outings.  The class is designed to allow paddlers to have greater confidence in paddling in moderate ocean conditions and introduce them to the information and techniques for safe and fun kayak camping.  The class focuses on advanced strokes, edging, bracing, advanced rescue techniques, and introducing packing kayaks, tides, and camp craft.  Classes include kayak and all paddle accessories, dry suits and booties.

In addition to the essential eligibility critera required for all classes.  Participants in an Intermediate class must:

  • Be able to control their boat using the following strokes: forward, back (or reverse), sweep, draw and stern rudder
  • Be able to perform a wet exit with a spray skirt
  • Be able to perform a self rescue using the paddle float re-entry technique
  • Be able to perform an assisted re-entry using the T-Rescue or reenter and pump

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2016 Intermediate Kayak Class Dates Cost Per Person Time Location
Saturday, July 9th $157.50 (includes tax) 9am Auke Lake Parking Lot
Saturday, August 27th $157.50 (includes tax) 9am Auke Lake Parking Lot 

 

Private Classes

Private classes are an excellent opportunity to receive personalized instruction on specific techniques/rescues or learn with smaller instructor-student ratios. These classes must be scheduled in advance

Rate (rates are for instruction only and do not include equipment):

  • 2 people - $75 for 2 hours (each) and $100 for 4 hours (each)
  • 3-5 people - $50 for 2 hours, $75 for 4 hours
 
Equipment Rental for Private Classes:
  • Kayak rental rate for private classes only: $35/day for kayak plus accessories 
  • Dry suit/boot rental: $15/day
 
Lead Instructors

Brock Tabor - Brock has been instructing kayaking classes in Juneau for over 15 years.  He has a vast and varied amount of experience in a kayak whether it be guiding a trip, paddling on his own, or teaching others.

Corey Denton - Born and raised in Juneau, Corey has been kayaking the coastal waters of the area for 20 years.  In addition to teaching ABAK classes Corey also spends his time guiding kayak trips and instructing sea kayak and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Dawn Riley - Growing up in Southeast Alaska Dawn has spent her share of time on the water.  For the past 10 years she's been guiding in the Juneau area and conducting glacier and kayak training for new ABAK guides.

Megan Ahleman - Megan's passion for kayaking and the outdoors led her to Juneau in 2005.  Since then she has guided trips, instructed kayak classes, and worked the kayak shop with ABAK and Juneau Youth Services.  Recently she has taken a position with the Southest Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) ORCA program as an activities coordinator and facilitator. 

 

Contact us at 907-789-6886 to sign up for a class. We recommend reserving space early as we take a maximum of 10 participants in each class. If you would like to schedule a private class for your own group, advance notice is required. Please contact us for rates and availability. 

Classes  may be cancelled if fewer than 4 people are signed up.