At Turnagain Kayak, we are committed to enhancing your Alaskan adventure.  We offer classes fit for everyone from absolute beginner to the most experienced “water warrior”.  All of our classes are taught by paddle sport professionals that are certified through the American Canoe Association (ACA) in White water, Coastal kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) (and some through the British Canoe Union too). You can expect premier instruction that will not only utilize today’s best practices but also cater to your specific needs and goals.. Please contact us for more info.

Kayaker Cove Kayak Camp

Come join us for five nights at the Kayaker Cove Hostel in Resurrection Bay. This course is student focused with the ability to cater to different skill sets and student objectives. We will journey around Resurrection Bay to work on skills ranging from advanced boat control to leadership and advanced rescues. There will be exploring, visiting the marine life and maybe even hiking.


This is not an optimal venue for novices. Due to the dynamic area, the potential for interesting weather exists. Participants need to have intermediate (ACA level 3, BCU 3*) skills at a minimum.

Incident Management

Any group is only as strong as its weakest link. Do you know yours?

To the Incident Manager, the group members he is leading become tools in the toolbox of rescue and recovery. Are your tools sharp enough and do they match the tasks you are going to set them when things have gone wrong?

Incident management isn’t just about rescue. It’s also about developing strategies, recognizing adrenal fix and harnessing concurrent activity, both within your group and while using outside agencies.


Participants should be ACA level 3, BCU 3* sea or equivalent.


Intermediate Skills

ACA Level 3

We will build on the skills learned in Sea Kayak Fundamentals; effective edging will be refined and applied to all strokes and maneuvers. Towing and navigation will be introduced. In this course we also hope to introduce some variable conditions: wind up to 10-15 knots, waves 1-2′ and current up to 2 knots are all possible.


ACA level 2, BCU 2* or equivalent

Sea Kayak FUNdamentals

ACA Level 2

This class is for everyone.  The fundamentals of efficient paddling, while keeping your body strong and safe, will be introduced.  We will work on safely getting into and out of a closed cockpit sea kayak, above and under water. We will also learn self rescues, assisted rescues and bracing.   The core skills introduced and refined in this course are the building blocks for long- term development.

Advanced Skills

ACA Level 4

It is time to have fun! We will actively search for areas with surf, current and wind and learn to paddle safely in them. This course will utilize the skills from previous classes and apply them in moderate conditions. There will be a focus on leadership, navigation and rescues in moderate conditions.


ACA level 3, BCU 3* or equivalent

Packraft and River Kayaking

ACA Courses

Are you planning a trip involving a packraft or river kayak? Already paddle a packraft by realize you can be more effective and efficient? Then our Packraft and river kayak courses are for you (see schedule). Learn how to safely paddle and be a competent member of a group. Learn how to perform effective self and assisted rescues in the event of a capsize. Learn how to read river features, hazards and current flow, and what strokes to use to effectively navigate and control your course. We’ll also cover gear for safety and comfort.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Stand up paddle boards are one of the fastest growing areas of paddle sports, and for good reason. They are fun, just about anyone can do it and they are great exercise. Learn to explore the Alaska waters safely from a different perspective.

Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Come spend a few hours with Turnagain Kayak’s ACA certified SUP instructors. We will go over equipment, strokes and skills, stances, safety, choosing an appropriate venue and launching and landing.

Dates: TBD – contact us
Cost: $80
Venue: Anchorage Lake (weekdays)/ Hope (weekends)
Who is it for? Everyone

What you need to bring: Not much…We’ll provide the board, paddle, leash and pfd. You come dressed for the water with food and water.


River SUP

Let’s take the SUPs to the river. We will spend a few hours going over strokes, stances and strategies to make your journey through class 1-2 water look easy. River specific equipment and safety will covered.

River Classes

Whether you are trying out a pack raft for the first time or working on refining your creeking skills, we have something for you.

Intro to pack rafting and river kayaking

Are you ready to explore an Alaska that most people will never see? This is the place to start. Our intro class (spend) enjoy… two fun days introducing, practicing and refining new skills. These skills will build the foundation for everything you learn later.

Here a few of the things we cover:

  • Appropriate equipment and gear
  • river types, and classes
  • how to locate information about local rivers
  • how to choose an appropriate river
  • introduction to hydrology
  • safety and rescue techniques
  • strokes and maneuvers

Dates: Contact us
Cost: $300
Venue: Class 1-2
Who is it for? Everyone

What you need to bring: Drysuit, PFD, paddle, helmet, pack raft, inflatable river kayak or river specific enclosed cockpit kayak (with floatation). No gear?  No problem – Equipment may be available at an additional cost.  Please contact us to check availability.


Intermediate River Class:

This two day class  continues to build on the skills that you already know from the intro class. We like to use video analysis to fine tune skills in this class.

Here are a few of the things we cover:

  • Rolling
  • More advanced river reading and hydrology
  • Separating the body, boat and blade
  • Advanced edging

Dates: TBD – contact us
Cost: $300
Venue: class 2-3
Who is it for? Those who have taken an intro class or have the equivalent skills.

What you need to bring: Drysuit, PFD, paddle, helmet, pack raft, inflatable river kayak or river specific enclosed cockpit kayak (with floatation). Equipment may be available at an additional cost.


Evening quick start class:

Maybe you don’t have the weekends available to commit to a full two days. This class is a consolidated version of the Intro class. You can take it once or multiple times for more guided practice. Due to small groups, it may also be appropriate for more advanced students who want some coaching on the river.

Dates: TBD – contact us
Cost: $80
Venue: class 1-2
Who is it for? Those who want some fun and coaching after work and those who don’t have time for the two-day class.

What you need to bring: Drysuit, PFD, paddle, helmet, pack raft, inflatable river kayak or river specific enclosed cockpit kayak (with floatation). Equipment may be available at an additional cost.

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