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Sea Kayak Classes and Training in Charleston

New Classes and tours are constantly being scheduled.

Contact us directly at 843-225-7969 for custom private training, or to schedule a custom class or trip for your yourself, your friends or your organization.

If you schedule a sea kayak lesson, please download and complete our Hold Harmless form.

SKC provides sea kayaks, paddles, skirts and PFDs for all participants.
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Sea Kayak Carolina IDW/ICEs

American Canoe Association (ACA) Coastal Kayak Instructor Development Workshops (IDWs) and Certification Exams (ICEs) are continually being added to our schedule.

These workshop are awesome training experiences, suitable for any paddlers who want to improve their skills, understanding and confidence on the water — for aspiring guides, tour leaders and instructors, they are a must.
   ›› see our scheduled ACA workshops

Contact the shop at 843-225-7969 for more information, to enroll in a scheduled course, or book a private – or custom – assessment or training session.

ACA Introduction to Kayaking

1/2 day class – $55

This is a crash course in kayaking – you’ll learn how to be safe and have fun as you begin to kayak.  Topics include: safety, boat fit, getting in and out of your kayak (gracefully), basic paddle strokes, wet exit and simple assisted rescues.

Reserve Your Place in Advance. Classes Often Sell Out!

Basics of Kayak Touring

Full day class – $70

This course teaches beginners to paddle sea kayaks on lakes, protected ocean environments, and other flatwater settings. Boats, equipment, safety, basic strokes, and rescues will be covered. It is focused on helping students learn to paddle safely and efficiently. Emphasis is on practicing a simple rescue sequence, understanding basic tides and currents, general navigation, “rules of the road” for paddlers, and the use of basic safety and emergency equipment.

Fundamentals of Coastal Kayaking

1 evening + 2 day course – $120

This class meets for one evening in our shop classroom where we will cover the basics of tides and currents, navigation and trip planning. Then we’ll enjoy two days on the water covering all of the basic strokes and maneuvers, the wet exit and rescues for yourself or a fellow paddler, as well as equipment, safety and preparation for the best possible paddling experience.

Classroom: Intro to Kayak Navigation

2 hours – $30

Learn how to make the best use of navigational charts; how a compass and chart serve as important safety gear; how to plan your trips to accommodate the tides. Understanding these basics can open new paddling opportunities.

ACA Strokes & Maneuvers 1

1/2 day class – $55

Work with our ACA certified instructors to begin refining your strokes for optimal efficiency.  We’ll focus on the forward stroke (torso rotation), sweeps, reverse stroke, draws, and low brace.  We’ll play with edging and other techniques to improve your efficiency.

Reserve Your Place in Advance. Classes Often Sell Out!

ACA Strokes & Maneuvers 2

Full day class – $70

After you have spent some time on the water practicing the techniques you learned in the Strokes and Maneuvers I class, join us to refine those strokes and learn some more advanced maneuvers like the bow rudder, stern rudder, and side slip. We’ll explore ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all of your strokes. Class includes a video review of your strokes – smile, you’re on camera!

Rolling Classes

2 evening sessions– $100

Rolling and learning to roll is different for each and every paddler. Our small class size will enhance your successes in learning to roll sea kayaks.  Kayaks, skirts, paddles and gear provided. Learn more about our Indoor Roll Class

Personal Roll Coaching Available: Whatever your background – Greenland or Euro paddle, new or experienced as a paddler – You may be looking for the sort of coaching our experienced instructors can provide.  Call to schedule: (843) 225-7969

Rescue Class 1 (basic)

1/2 day class – $55

“Help! I’ve fallen out of my kayak and I can’t get back in!”  Don’t let that happen to you.  Join us for a half-day of basic rescue training.  We’ll cover assisted rescues (T-rescue with variations); self-rescues (paddle float, scramble/cowboy).  This class is a must for all kayakers.

Rescue Class 2 (intermediate)

1/2 day class – $55

After you learn the basic rescues, listed above, join our ACA Certified Open Water instructors to increase your rescue repertoire. You’ll learn even more rescue techniques — the reenter and roll (or paddle-float reenter & roll), towing, All-in, Scoop, Hand-of-God.  We’ll also simulate some real-life scenarios so you can practice “under pressure.” You must have taken Rescue Class 1 or have permission from the instructor.

Advanced Rescue Class – "in conditions"

1/2 day class – $55

All rescues are much more challenging in conditions – wind and waves.  Join our instructors to practice your rescue skills in real conditions.  You must be able demonstrate intermediate rescue skills to take this class.  This class will be weather-dependent.

ACA Introduction to the Surfzone – in Sea Kayaks

1/2 day class – $55

Ever wanted to launch your kayak from the beach – or land on the beach, but you don’t know how to handle the surf.  Join us for an introduction to handling your sea kayak in the surf.  We’ll cover launching, landing, and, of course, bracing (your best friend in the surf).

Advance Purchase Recommended. Classes Often Fill Up!

ACA Surfzone 2

1/2 day class – $55

Did you know that you can surf your sea kayak?  Really, you can. Come learn how to have more fun than you thought possible in a kayak!  You must have take Introduction to the Surfzone or have permission from the instructor.

Custom Private Training & On-Demand Classes

1/2-day private class – $200 (solo, $250 for two!)
Call to schedule: (843) 225-7969

We understand you have busy schedules and may find it difficult to make our regularly scheduled classes. Perhaps you have training goals not addressed on our schedule. In order to better assist folks with their paddling development, we offer custom one-to-one coaching sessions and on-demand training classes to accommodate for your schedule.

This is how it works:

The custom one-to-one coaching session is all about you and your goals. You will talk to the instructor ahead of time about what you would like to accomplish and a plan will be developed for you. Training can be anything we offer from basic flat-water to advanced open water skills.

This training is primarily accomplished in four-hour sessions which cost $200 per session. This gives you maximum flexibility and control over your learning experience.

If you would like to add people to your private lesson it will be $50 for each additional person.

Schedule Your Choice of Class — "On Demand"

"On-demand" training is any of our four-hour classes, scheduled at your convenience. We do ask that you have at least two-people and that you do not mind it being listed as group class. Tuition for these classes is $55 per person (minimum two people) and can scheduled any day of the week, subject to an instructor's availability.

We don’t want your schedule constraints to be a detriment to your development as a kayaker.

Call us today and we’ll schedule a class for you! 

Want to know more?

For more information on classes or tours,
contact the shop at 843-225-7969 or .