Challenge yourself and build your skills over 5 days

SE Alaska Sea Kayak Guide Course

Dates (5 days)

Dates April 28-May 2 2023  

Location

Haines, Alaska

Cost

$775  

SE Alaska Sea kayak Guide Course

This course is designed for individuals seeking to become either day guides or expedition style guides in the waters of SE Alaska or for those individuals with previous kayaking experience looking to advance their sea kayaking skills

Course Description

Individuals participating in this course will be at a minimum 17 years of age. Some of the participants are already working as guides and others are looking to gain experience and skills to begin a journey working in the sea kayaking industry in Alaska and beyond. Still others are just interested in personal development and learning from both qualified instructors as well as other students.

Through out the course we will be developing the skills so that participants will communicate effectively, show good judgment and act as leaders in group paddling situations. Participants will be able to show these skills during teaching opportunities with fellow participants as well as during risk management scenarios

Skills to be developed and demonstrated

We will be working on developing as well as teaching the following paddling and group management skills in a marine environment

Paddling Strokes

Forward and reverse stroke

Forward and reverse sweep

Draw stroke (Both out of water and in water recovery)

Sculling draw

Turning while moving (stern rudder, low brace turn) High and low brace

Edging

Ferrying

Surf and non surf launch and landings

Rescue Techniques

Self rescues

Assisted rescues

Towing

Swimmer Carries

Additional Skills

Navigation Weather

Tides and Currents

Emergency communications

Leadership and Judgement

Trip planning and preparation

First aid and equipment repairs

Positioning and
on water communication

Wildlife

Camping Techniques

Gear management

Proper storage and management of safety gear

Certifications available

SEAK Expeditions Certificate of completion and competence

Alaska Rescue Certification

Possible ACA L2 or L3 Skills Assessment Certification

Day 0

Arrive in Haines and have a pre course meeting at the SEAK Expeditions Headquarters in downtown Haines, AK.  7:00pm

Day 1

Day 1 (Based in the town of Haines)

Introductions, Gear Discussion, Managing wildlife encounters
Paddle strokes and rescues
Introduction to Navigation and Weather

Day 2

Day 2 (Based in the town of Haines)

Continue Weather and Navigation
Paddle strokes, Rescues and Towing
Packing and sorting.

Day 3

Day 3 (Backcountry around Haines)

Launching and landings, Communications
Depart Haines, Group travel
Orientation to scenarios, Leadership, Risk Management

Day 3

Day 4 (Backcountry around Haines)

Surf landings and launches
Group travel, leadership scenarios
leadership scenarios

Day 3

Day 5 (Backcountry around Haines)

Leadership scenarios
Leadership scenarios
Debrief back in Haines

 

Included

Whats included

Professional Instruction

Group Camping Gear

Food while in the field

(Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)

Kayak and associated gear

Not Included

Travel to Haines

Accommodations while not in the field

Food while not in the field

Personal camping gear

Immersion gear (Drysuit)(Limited number available for rent)

Snacks

Instructors

Joe Oesterling

Owner of SEAK Expeditions,

20+ years of guiding and instruction experience,

ACA L3 Instructor,

USCG 50 ton Captain, WFR 

SAR Dog Handler/Trainer with SEADOGS.

Dick Rice

Owner of Alaska Rescue,

40+ years of guiding and instruction experience,

USCG 100 Ton Captain,

Retired Capital City Rescue FF, EMT.

Instructor #3

TBD

Sponsors

Partners

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