Outer Banks Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking the Core Sound along Cape Lookout National Seashore, you will endure coastal winds, choppy waves and raging tides as you are challenged to perfect paddling strokes.

Students set up camp each evening on a sandy beach facing the Atlantic Ocean.

Your group learns to plan each day out by monitoring the weather using a VHF weather radio and reading tidal charts. Depending on wind and weather, the level of difficulty will mostly likely vary day to day.

Other skills you will learn about and practice include:

  • marine expedition risk assessment and management
  • marine route planning and navigation
  • paddle strokes and techniques for kayak propulsion and steering
  • kayak-based assisted rescues and self-rescues
  • sea kayak expedition equipment use, care and maintenance
  • marine and barrier island-based ecology
  • local history and lore

The wildlife often seen on the Outer Banks includes dolphins, sea fowl, sting ray, wild ponies and sea turtles.

Students should come with a strong commitment to enjoy a fun and exciting course but also to tackle the physical challenges of sea kayaking as well as the mental challenges of living with and traveling in a group. Successful completion of your course demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative and compassion. No prior experience is necessary.

To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.