Sea Kayaking Courses

IWLS sea kayaking courses explore some of the most remote and scenic waterways in the world! From paddling with whales in warm tropical waters to watching a glacier calve into a granite fjord, IWLS sea kayaking courses capture the essence and beauty of these wilderness areas.

Our sea kayaking expedition lesson plans incorporate American Canoe Association and International Wilderness Leadership School curriculum. Upon completion of our sea kayaking courses, participants will have a solid skills foundation and be eligible to receive certifications. Sea kayaking expeditions can be combined with any of our other leadership and guide training courses for a semester of university credit!


12 and 20 days

The IWLS Glacier Bay National Park paddling center, located in Gustavus, AK, offers access to expedition paddling that is unrivaled in North America. IWLS is one of only two organizations permitted by the National Park Service to lead multi-day sea kayaking courses and expeditions in the park.


Pacific Northwest
12 and 24 days

The San Juan Island archipelago, located in the fertile waters of Puget Sound in Northwestern Washington, is considered by many to be the premiere sea kayaking destination in the contiguous United States. Pods of Orca and other marine wildlife are a common site as we cross from island to island.


12 and 24 days

Mexico’s legendary Baja peninsula is an ecological wonder and outdoor playground, an unlikely union of desert and sea, and there’s no better way to explore it than on IWLS sea kayaking courses in Baja. From our paddling base in La Paz, you’ll explore the coast and islands of the southern Sea of Cortez.


12 and 24 days

The Caribbean coast of the Yucatán peninsula hosts one of the richest ecological preserves in North America. The remote Banco Chinchorro, the largest atoll in the Atlantic, and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a 1.3 million acre UNESCO World Heritage Site are two of the unique ecological treasures of the area.


12 and 24 days

Patagonia sea kayaking courses explore lush fjords teeming with life on land and sea, tidewater glaciers spilling huge icebergs into the sea, and enjoy the long days of the austral summer. From our base in Puerto Natales, we paddle the Ultima Esperanza inlet and access stunning glaciers such as Balmaceda and Serrano.