Board, paddle, leash, and life jacket, plus small drybag. *The use of personal boards or other gear is always optional.*
Whatever clothes you are comfortable paddling in and are ok to get wet in. I usually recommend board shorts and a swimsuit with either a light shirt or rash-guard during summer. For all other seasons, additional layers or wet suits may be appropriate. Wet suit rentals are available with 24-hour notice. I also recommend wearing flip-flops or light sandals to the beach.
If it’s chilly, a light jacket or windbreaker may be added. If you get cold easily, separate neoprene pieces like jackets, shorts, or tights might be more comfortable. Neoprene booties and gloves will provide more comfort as well.
A hat or bandana for sun protection is nice to have, as well as sunglasses. A water bottle or hydration bladder in a small pack is a good addition for longer tours.
Anything that can not be submerged in water or does not float. I am fine with you bringing electronics such as your phone for taking photos, as long as you keep your use to a minimum during instruction and have a way to secure them to you or your board. Carry and use at your own risk! Certain cases enable water protection or float ability and are highly recommended.
We will meet at the parking area and go down to the beach to have an introduction period, where we will go over participants, the plan of the day, and a safety talk. Then we will check out gear, get everyone set-up, and head onto the water. Depending on the course and other logistics, we will paddle along the shoreline and go over stand-up paddle-boarding techniques/enjoy the scenery. My goal is for everyone to have an enjoyable paddle, learn and stay safe. For tours, I will also share local information on our location during our journey.
Yes, for the safety of all. (If you do not know how to swim, and are interested, private swim lessons may be available.)
All participants must read & sign the liability waiver, agree to wear a leash and PFD during activity, and abide by instructions.
A deposit might be required for large tours or custom lessons.
Locations include Bellingham or Chuckanut Bay, in Bellingham, WA. The main location is Wildcat Cove Boat Launch in Larrabee State Park. Other locations include local lakes such as Whatcom, Padden or Samish and beaches in Whatcom and Skagit counties, including Birch Bay, and also Bowman Bay, in Deception Pass State Park. Details on locations will be given upon registration.
Yes, unless the class or tour is private or full.
Rain or shine, we paddle! After all, this is the PNW, and if we canceled due to rain, we might never get out on the water.
Wildcat Cove Cancellations: High winds (above 10 knots +), heavy rain or active lightning can change our plans.
Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.