We work with American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union coaches to provide a comprehensive method for refining your paddling skills. Whether you are just getting in a kayak or a canoe for the first time or would like to enhance your skills for guiding, leading or instructing in a packraft or on a SUP we can help you achieve your goals.

We continuously provide instruction that does not make it to this list including skills assessments, ACA trip leader certification ACA instructor certification, packraft courses, river kayaking, SUP courses and certification, and canoe classes. If you would like to be informed of other training opportunities, please contact us.

New for 2019, Adventurers In Training Program!

New for 2019: the Adventurers in Training Kids Course. This course is a four lesson series that meets once a week. The first session is in June on Thursday’s from 1-4 pm and the second series is in July on Wednesday’s from 1-4 pm. Sign up soon because spots are filling quick!

2019 Kayaking Courses

Learn how to control your kayak in a variety of conditions, including open water (at the appropriate level). Training courses typically include rescues, strokes, maneuvers and similar skill development.

Kayaker Cove Kayak Camp
ACA level 3-5 Coastal Kayak training
Dates: 5/19-5/24
Venue: Kayaker Cove in Resurrection Bay
Fully catered this year!

ACA Level 2 Instructor Certification Course: Patrick Higgins and Dale Williams will be teaching an Essentials of Coastal Touring Instructor Certification Course. Whether you are a guide or looking to get your feet wet in instruction, this is a great course for you! This course will be held in Hope, Alaska May 25th-27.  The Level 2 Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification course will cover strokes, maneuvers, rescues, learning & teaching theory, leadership, group management skills, experience and judgment necessary to be a safe, effective instructor.

Sea Kayak FUNdamentals 
ACA Level 2 training
Dates: 5/11-5/13, 6/1-6/3, 8/3-8/5
Venue: Right Beach in Halibut Cove
Cost: $400+ tax (class only)

Advanced Kayak Skills Course
ACA Level 3-4 Training
Dates: 5/11-5/13, 6/1-6/3, 8/3-8/5
Venue: Right Beach in Halibut Cove
Cost: $400+tax (class only)

2019 SUP Courses (stand up paddleboard)

ACA Essentials of SUP
Dates: Daily – Afternoons
Venue & Price: Hope, $70

ACA L3 River SUP 
Dates: Call for availability
Venue: Hope
Cost: $100

2019 Packraft and River Kayaking Courses

Packraft River Safety Class (beginner to intermediate) (2 days)
6/15-6/16, 6/22-6/23, 6/29-6/30, 7/6-7/7, 7/13-7/14, 7/21-7/22, 7/27-7/28
Venue: Hope
Cost: $300

Style Over Survival Packraft Course (intermediate to advanced) (2 days)
6/29-6/30, 7/27-7/28
Venue: Hope
Cost: $300

Rolling Classes: Whether you are a whitewater kayaker, sea kayaker, or packrafter, learning rolling techniques can open up opportunities in your paddling venues. Our instructors are skilled in helping you roll in a comfortable learning environment. We can help you start from the beginning, or if you are an experienced paddler we can help add new rolls to your repertoire. Contact us about rolling classes in Anchorage or Hope.

River Kayak, Beginning-Advanced Classes: Are you just getting started, want to take it to the next level, or just need someone to show you the lines? We have the highest certified instructors in the state of Alaska and provide high quality and safe instruction. Hope is located near a plethora of rivers from Six Mile to Canyon Creek to Resurrection Creek, and more. We can find the right learning environment or adventure for you and your group.
Dates: Call for availability
Venue: Hope

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Levi Hogan

Levi Hogan

Instructor, Barista, and Dad

Levi is a ACA Level 4 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer and BCU 5 Star Sea Kayaker. Levi is also certified in Whitewater Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Canoeing. When Levi isn't on the water he spends his time as a volunteer firefighter and medic in Hope, and chasing down his three year old Rylan and five year old Nigel.

Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins

Instructor and Barista

Patrick is an ACA level 5 Advanced Whitewater Instructor. Patrick has various other certifications from the American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union, in Stand Up Paddleboarding, Packrafting, Canoeing, and Sea Kayaking. When Patrick isn't getting soggy sneakers, he is making the best coffee in the world or working on his Masters Degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Alaska Pacific University. In the winter time Patrick teaches skiing and snowboarding at Hilltop Ski Area in Anchorage.