Introductory Paddle Adventure Course

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Squalicum Harbor
Gate 8 (South side of CityMac)
Bellingham, WA 98225

Free. Pre-registration required.
Online registration closes Wednesday, Sept. 19 at midnight.

Paddles aweigh! You can learn the basics of paddle water sports with a 90 minute hands-on course this year. Ride a sit-on-top kayak or a stand-up paddle board. The Adventure Course is led by the Community Boating Center in partnership with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures, Kite Paddle Surf, Recreation Northwest, the U.S. Coast Guard and other marine businesses. You will be introduced to the basics of marine weather and navigation, safety gear and preparation, paddling and boating techniques, and the FUN of being on the water. Reserve your spot now. Space is limited to the first 80 who pre-register for the Intro Paddle Adventure Course. If you watch from shore you will also be able to learn from on-site narration provided by a marine recreation professional.


For your safety and maximum enjoyment of the SeaFeast Intro Paddling Adventure Course, it is important to fully read the information provided here before the start of the course. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Experience Required

  • All participants should have sufficient upper body strength to pull oneself out of a swimming pool unassisted. This is the equivalent minimum physical ability required to safely participate in the course. 
  •  For this course, participants must be able to swim 50 yards unassisted and tread water for 5 minutes.
  •  Participants with concerns about their physical ability or needing special accommodations should speak with SeaFeast staff before registering for this course.

What to Expect

  •  "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst" is a good mantra to use when boating. While our beautiful summers are what keep Bellingham residents around, we have our fair share of bad weather and the water is always cold (about 50°F year round). For this course you should plan as if you might get wet. We provide all the basic safety equipment and gear needed for the course, but participants need to provide their own outdoor suitable clothing, personal gear, food, and rain gear.
  • We recommend that participants arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the course to fill out final paperwork, gear-up, and get started on time.

How to Prepare

  • Cotton is not a good boating material, as it does not keep you warm when it gets wet.
  •  You should bring all the clothes, medications, snacks, water, and items needed to keep your body functioning well and your mind happy.
  •  Clothing can be either worn or brought with you in a day bag.
  •  Layers are the key to dressing comfortably. Choosing multiple lighter layers to adjust to the temperature works better than wearing one or two heavy layers.
  • Wool, poly-pro, or other synthetic fabrics work best for this course setting.
  • Outdoor recreation does not always have to be pricey, and thrift-stores are great places to find second hand fleeces, running tights, hats, etc.

If weather conditions exceed 15mph winds and/or 1.5' waves the Intro Paddling Adventure Course will be cancelled for reasons of safety.