Susan Conrad
crazy About Kayaking

photo by Julianna Slomka

Live. Breathe. PaddlE.

Kayaking is my PASSION.
It suits my body type, my personality, my interests, my energy level, my soul. Paddling brings out the best in me and challenges me to be better.

Kayaking is a multi-layered activity and my favorite aspect is long distance expedition paddling. In the summer of 2010 I completed a long-time goal of paddling the Inside Passage from Anacortes, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. It changed my lifeprofoundly.

I’ve been involved in the paddlesports industry for over 20 years and I’ve worked hard to develop and maintain my skills. I became an ACA-certified sea kayak instructor in 2001 and currently hold an Open Water Coastal certification (Level 4).

I am also a nationally certified personal fitness trainer, through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. (AFAA) I pursued this certification specifically to develop, implement and teach an effective, individualized exercise program assisting clients in achieving their personal fitness and wellness goals as they relate to kayaking.

It is my desire to share this unique combination of skills and experience with others. It’s my goal to make a difference in the sport of kayaking by providing people with the tools to empower themselves. I look forward to seeing you on the water!

HAVE PADDLE, WILL TRAVEL. I live on the Snohomish/Skagit County line, deep in the mountains. I am so lucky because within minutes I can be floating on any number of beautiful mountain lakes or on the Puget Sound. One of my favorite saltwater spots is the north end of Camano Island. I can conduct my lessons on any number of waterways between Seattle and Bellingham. I will come to you! Or I can offer suggestions of where we can rendezvous that will be convenient and appropriate for both of us.