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San Juan Islands Sea Kayaking

Course Details

    Location: Washington
    Activities: Kayaking
    Tuition & Fees: $ 1800
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

Explore some of the 400 islands and inner coastal channels of the San Juan Islands in single and double kayaks. You will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest coast. The overall technical emphasis of this course is to learn paddle strokes, self and assisted kayak rescue techniques, marine navigation, and weather/sea state assessment. Instructors will teach you the teamwork and communication skills necessary to travel as a group of kayaks in a working waterway.


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How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course paricipant:
Step one:  Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404).
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-Mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We may need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.

Enrollment Packet & Course Information

Enrollment Packet Deadline Policy: All veterans must adhere to the due dates listed in their Registration E-Mail. If you are unable to meet the requested deadlines, please be sure to contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Otherwise, your spot on the course will be opened up to another student.

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Admissions & Enrollment Policies

Note: Supplemental Forms may apply if we need more specific information about you. Refer to your Registration e-mail to determine which supplemental forms are required for your enrollment packet.


This section contains details that are key to the specific course you have enrolled on. This information will come in handy when packing, planning, and preparing for the adventure you have chosen.  Please read these documents CAREFULLY and contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Travel Information

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Course Preparation & Physical Fitness

Supplemental Forms

Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine if any of the following forms are required for your enrollment process. AGAIN, note the DUE DATE in your Registration E-Mail.

The Northwest Outward Bound School offers financial assistance in the form of Needs-Based Scholarships. The scholarships typically do not exceed 1/2 of the base cost. In order to receive an award offer, you will have to enroll in your chosen course, go through the enrollment and medical screening process and be officially cleared to participate on your course. There is a $500 deposit that must be paid at the time of enrollment, which is refundable if your scholarship award does not meet your needs. Please note that all scholarship applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards are strictly based on need and scholarship money availability. The application form is available below. Please contact Skye Clifford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions regarding the Needs-Based Scholarships, and/or other questions regarding financing for your course.

Need-Based Scholarship Application

Course Description

The San Juan Islands Sea Kayak expedition takes place in Washington State’s venerated San Juan Islands. Over the first few days of the expedition, you and your patrol will learn foundational kayaking skills which will then put into practice paddling in and around the 400 islands and outcrops which make up the San Juan’s. These waters are teeming with wildlife including seals, sea lions, eagles, and whales, including gray whales as well as three resident Orca pods. Your patrol will be challenged with navigating and paddling through the inland water ways, moving your camp from island to island through sometimes substantial navigation challenges, currents and waves.     

Course Area

San Juan Islands, Washington – Nestled between Vancouver Island and the North Cascades, the San Juan Islands are a unique coastal cruising ground with large expanses of pristine water and mountain scenery. During your journey, you will encounter coastlines with a combination of sandy and rocky beaches, shallow and deep harbors, serene and reef-studded bays. Knotty, twisted madrona trees grow along much of the shorelines while evergreen fir and pine forests cover large inland areas. Sightings of harbor seals, porpoises and eagles are common as well as the occasional glimpse of an Orca whale. The islands get less average rainfall than the surrounding area due to the rain-shadow effect of the Olympic Mountains. Summertime high temperatures are around 70 degrees Fahrenheit while lows could be in the 40’s.

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