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Meet other Sea Kayakers. Get together for weeknight social paddles a few times a month. Discuss gear/plan day/overnight trips.

Previous experience/lessons not needed for some of the day paddles, recommended or required for some of the trips. Trips will be geared for intermediate to adv paddlers. Beginner trips may be added.

I'll schedule some basic safety meetups to go over things like strokes, bracing, rescues, chart reading and some of the many local resources on about a monthly basis, and would look forward to additional assistant organizers to help out with these and with putting trips together.

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Upcoming events (5)

7/14 Kayaking with goats, Evening paddle , Bonfire & BBQ Covid -19 precautions

We'll be hosting an evening paddle, while keeping everyone apart. I'm providing the equipment, tandem kayaks, paddles, pfds Please wear your masks to launch, and at the bonfire, you can take them off when you are on the water paddling. We will have an hour long paddle followed by a bonfire and BBQ, I'm providing Salmon, We ask that each person brings their own plates, utensils, I'll grill asparagus, salmon, and corn on the cob. the fee includes loaner gear and the food. Let me know if you need to borrow a kayak in your RSVP as well as if you can help me load kayaks around 3:30 pm or if you are bringing a veggie for the grill. Thanks - Saul

Lake Washington Paddle (with Social Dist.)

Houghton Beach Park

Let's do an evening paddle on Lake Washington ... from Houghton Beach, in summer evening shoreline party-land : ), Kirkland, across to Sand Point, then back across to a shore break at Waverly Beach, the back to Houghton Beach. Sign-up Requirements: This will be a 7 nautical mile paddle in cold water, with likely wind and waves. To sign up for this paddle, you must be an advanced beginner or beyond paddler with wet-exit and re-entry training and practice. The required kayaking experience and skills need to be documented in your meetup-profile information and especially your answers to the sign-up question. RSVP will be via signing onto the waitlist, with all qualified paddlers moved onto the paddle. Equipment Requirements: The water in Lake Washington is currently still 54 F. Wearing immersion gear (a wetsuit or a dry-suit with insulating clothing underneath) is required on this paddle. Covid 19 Precautions: Please social distance on shore and on the water and bring and wear a mask for on-shore and launch/land activities that are not dispersed. Paddle Plan: 6:00 p.m. - Meet at Houghton Beach Park in Kirkland. ~ 6:30 p.m. - Launch and paddle 4 n.m. in a cross-lake loop to a shore break at Waverly Beach Park. ~ 8:00 p.m. - Launch and paddle 3 n.m. (typically on Lk. WA, with an evening north tailwind) into downtown Kirkland's Moss Bay and back to Houghton Beach. ~ 9:00 p.m. - Land at Houghton Beach, take out, pack up, and head home. Equipment Requirements: A sea-kayak, paddle, pfd, water and snacks, immersion gear, brimmed paddle hat. Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag. Conditions and Contingency: This paddle and the paddle plan are contingent upon acceptable wind and weather conditions. Waiver and Indemnification: This is not a guided paddle nor a kayaking-skills lesson. In signing up for this paddle, each sign-up-ee certifies that he/she has the required kayaking skills and experience described in the "Sign-up Requirements". Kayaking activities have inherent risk and each sign-up-ee acknowledges that kayaking activities have risk of injury or even death, and signs up and participates entirely and exclusively at his/her own risk.

San Juan Island Circumnavigation - 4 Day Paddle

Anacortes Ferry Terminal

We've done this paddle twice already ... and it is awesome!!!!! Looking forward to doing it again ... : ) ... plus, on the dates posted ... the currents will be swift and perfectly timed to be with us, all the way!!!!!! ... We'll roll our kayaks onto the 9:25 a.m. ferry Saturday from Anacortes and return from Friday Harbor on the 7:30 p.m. ferry Tuesday. The paddle plan has a layover day, with day-paddling or hiking potential, at scenic San Juan County Park, to maximize our chances of seeing orcas, and to give us paddle plan flexibility in case of overly rough conditions one day. Sign-up Requirements: This will be a 37+ nautical-mile, four day journey (including 20 n.m. in one day) in open, exposed, cold water, with likely substantial wind and waves, especially on the exposed San Juan Island southwest coast, some exciting current rip, and possible ocean swell. To sign up for this paddle, you must be an intermediate or beyond paddler with good boat-handling, bracing, re-entry and rescue skills, training and practice, and you must be able to paddle a sustained 2.5 knots pace. The required kayaking experience and skills need to be documented in your meetup profile information and especially your answers to the sign-up question. Check out the pix from this paddle in a previous year: RSVP: The RSVP will be waitlist only as an expression of interest. The trip will be populated from the waitlist. The group size will be limited. Demonstrated capability of doing the paddle and sunny disposition and cheerful teamwork on prior paddles (... like everyone on this paddle in prior years!!!!!) are the preferred characteristics for the paddle-group. Camping, Meals and Misc. Logistics: We will camp at Cascadia Marine Trail campsites, including San Juan County Park. Each person will be responsible for his/her own camping gear and meals. Each person will chip in his/her share of camping fees (~$2 each at the CMT sites, ~$10 each at SJCP). Water can be re-stocked at Jones island and San Juan County Park. We'll likely spend two nights at San Juan County Park, with plenty of time to go out on layover-day paddle(s) and say hi to the orcas????? ......... Parking and Roll-on Logistics: We will launch and park at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal (overnight parking ~$30 for up to 96 hours). We'll roll our kayaks onto the ferry to and from Friday Harbor (~$26 westbound, free eastbound). There is a good chance we can store our kayak wheels in Friday Harbor, but carrying them on the paddle may be required. Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, warm hat and waterproof hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, VHF radio if you have one, immersion gear, kayak boots, kayak wheels, boat light. Camping gear, food and water. Immersion Gear: Wearing immersion gear (a wetsuit or a dry-suit over insulating clothing) is mandatory on this paddle. Conditions, Contingency and Covid-19: This paddle is contingent upon wind and weather conditions that are acceptable for this paddle. If conditions are too rough for this paddle, but acceptable for a more protected paddle, we may do a more protected paddle route out of Friday Harbor. This paddle is contingent upon the San Juan County Park hiker/biker/kayaker camp opening up after July 1. We will social distance on shore, and we will bring face-coverings and use them on shore as needed. Waiver and Indemnification: This is not a guided paddle nor a kayaking-skills lesson. In signing up for this paddle, each sign-up-ee certifies that he/she has the required kayaking skills and experience described in the "Sign-up Requirements". Kayaking activities have inherent risk and each sign-up-ee acknowledges that kayaking activities have risk of injury or even death, and signs up and participates entirely and exclusively at his/her own risk.

7/18 Kayaking with goats, Evening paddle , Bonfire & BBQ Covid -19 precautions

We'll be hosting an evening paddle, while keeping everyone apart. I'm providing the equipment, tandem kayaks, paddles, pfds Please wear your masks to launch, and at the bonfire, you can take them off when you are on the water paddling. We will have an hour long paddle followed by a bonfire and BBQ, I'm providing Salmon, We ask that each person brings their own plates, utensils, I'll grill asparagus, salmon, and corn on the cob. the fee includes loaner gear and the food. Let me know if you need to borrow a kayak in your RSVP as well as if you can help me load kayaks around 3:30 pm or if you are bringing a veggie for the grill. Thanks - Saul

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