Kayaking Lessons For Beginners And Intermediate Paddlers

Learn to paddle safely and efficiently with a full day class taught by a certified ACA coastal kayak instructor!



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Above & Beyond Alaska and Alaska Boat & Kayak offers spring and summer kayaking lessons in Auke Bay. Our classes cater to both beginners and intermediate paddlers. The classes focus on the skills required to safely and efficiently paddle in Southeast Alaska’s ocean environment.

Learn kayaking in Alaska from the experts. Classes include kayak and all paddle accessories, dry suits and booties, and expert instruction.  ABAK maintains a 1:5 instructor to student ratio or less on all of their classes.

In order to participate in a kayak class offered by Alaska Boat & Kayak and Above and Beyond Alaska, each participant must meet the following essential eligibility criteria:

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position
  • Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants
  • Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion
  • Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion

All classes are from 9am to 5pm and meet at Auke Lake.  The cost is $157.50 and includes local sales tax.


  • Learn new paddling skills and rescue techniques
  • Meet potential paddling partners and learn about paddling options in the Juneau area
  • Receive the following discounts:
    • 10% off on all in-stock retail items at our kayak shop in Auke Bay
    • 10% off a new kayak purchase (shipping not included)
    • Discounts on dry suit rentals (discount will vary depending on availability and duration of use)


Our beginner kayaking lessons here in Alaska are designed to provide a newer paddler with all of the basic skills to be able to safely and efficiently paddle in calm ocean conditions.  These classes focus on basic paddle skills, as well as self and partner rescue. Participants will learn how to be efficient in their strokes, understand and work with their boat’s stability, execute a wet exit and re-entry, and how to assist another boater who’s capsized. Classes include kayak and all paddle accessories, dry suits and booties.

Click For More General Information and a Beginner Class Outline


Our intermediate kayak classes build on the basic skills developed in a beginner class and on personal kayak outings.  The class is designed to allow paddlers to have greater confidence in paddling in moderate ocean conditions and introduce them to the information and techniques for safe and fun kayak camping. These kayaking lessons focus on advanced strokes, edging, bracing, advanced rescue techniques, and introducing packing kayaks, tides, and camp craft.  Classes include kayak and all paddle accessories, dry suits and booties.

In addition to the essential eligibility criteria required for all classes.  Participants in an Intermediate class must:

  • Be able to control their boat using the following strokes: forward, back (or reverse), sweep, draw and stern rudder
  • Be able to perform a wet exit with a spray skirt
  • Be able to perform a self rescue using the paddle float re-entry technique
  • Be able to perform an assisted re-entry using the T-Rescue or reenter and pump 

Click For More General Information and an Intermediate Class Outline


*Note – Kayak classes may be canceled if there are fewer than 4 people signed up


Brock Tabor – Brock has been instructing kayaking classes in Juneau for over 15 years.  He has a vast and varied amount of experience in a kayak whether it be guiding a trip, paddling on his own, or teaching others.

Corey Denton – Born and raised in Juneau, Corey has been kayaking the coastal waters of the area for 20 years.  In addition to teaching ABAK classes Corey also spends his time guiding kayak trips and instructing sea kayak and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Dawn Riley – Growing up in Southeast Alaska Dawn has spent her share of time on the water.  For the past 10 years she’s been guiding in the Juneau area and conducting glacier and kayak training for new ABAK guides.

Megan Ahleman – Megan’s passion for kayaking and the outdoors led her to Juneau in 2005.  Since then she has guided trips, instructed kayak classes, and worked the kayak shop with ABAK and Juneau Youth Services.  Recently she has taken a position with the Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) ORCA program as an activities coordinator and facilitator.


Contact us at 907-364-2333 to sign up for a class. We recommend reserving space early as we take a maximum of 10 participants in each class. If you would like to schedule a private class for your own group, advance notice is required. Please contact us for rates and availability. 

  • About ABAK

    Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC is a local, employee-owned guiding company based in Juneau. We have been exploring the region from Ocean to Ice for over 25 years and guiding others since 2002. Our goal is to provide a complete Alaskan wilderness experience by sharing with clients our passion for the outdoors, technical know-how, and natural history knowledge.

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