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December 2017  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Mike Germani
Hey all,

Welcome to fall!  We are winding down for the season, and starting to make plans for next year.  Drop a note to let us know if there is a trip, some training, or an event you would like the club to organize -  We are assembling budget, resources, and ideas for 2018 and welcome your feedback.

Don't miss your chance to participate in the Deception Pass Dash!  Now in its 11th year - race your peers 6 miles through the swirling, frigid waters around Deception Pass.  Registration is open!

If you prefer to avoid the cold weather outside, the HEATED POOLS are open its a great time to work on your roll. Locations are in Tukwila, Tacoma, and Shoreline.   Or try to make one more San Juan 7 Sea Kayak Trip - a double header around Guemes & Cypress Islands is planned.  Or spend Thanksgiving running the Lower Green River with Bill Petty and his Whitewater Adventurers.  Or join Chris Brubaker in Tukwila for Kayak Polo games - check the calendar for dates.  
See you on the water!

 Featured Trip

New Year's Day Paddle on Cispus River (II-III): Jan 1

Celebrate Opening Day of Boating Season on the Cispus River, with snow gently falling on cedars, icicles decorating the seeps along the river, beautiful crystal clear blue-green waters swirling among snow-capped boulders and play-spots for all to enjoy.

When: January 1
Where: Cispus River
Organizer: Michael Deckert
Details and Registration

See our Events Calendar for more upcoming trips!


 Adult CPR & Basic First Aid: Jan 27 & Feb 11

 WKC is excited to offer its members a custom CPR/FA course this year!  Our course will offer a blended method of delivery consisting of:

- On-line learning and exams done at the student's own pace.

- In-person skill session will be approx. 2 hours

- Also, while AED testing is required for certification, our instructor, Jan Barara, will modify her CPR/FA class to consider our wilderness setting scenarios, along river banks or on shore at sea.

Details & Registration

 WKC Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course: April 7-28

If you have been wanting to learn how to Whitewater Kayak, this course is for you!

The course is designed for the person with no prior boating experience. You will learn basic paddle and bracing strokes, how to roll a kayak, river hydrology, and safety, all in a relaxed and friendly environment from certified kayak instructors.

We teach this course only annually in March, before the spring rains and the snow melts.

Registration opens JAN 1. This class fills up every year, don't wait till the last minute to register!

Register Here

 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Course: June 1-3

Join us for a weekend of FUN and ADVENTURE as you develop your techniques and skills on the water!

This course will provide beginners with a safe and fun introduction to the sport of sea kayaking. You will develop, refresh, and improve basic skills which are essential to paddling:

- Effective Paddling Skills
- Safety and Hazard Awareness
- Capsize Recovery Techniques
- Navigation, Tides and Currents
- Gear, Equipment and Clothing

Register Here

WKC Pool Sessions: Tukwila, Shoreline, and Tacoma

Continue to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered by WKC in Tukwila, Shoreline, and Tacoma.
The fee for weekly pool sessions is $10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members.

The pool sessions are typically available on alternating mornings and weekdays.  Be sure to check the schedule - and thank your pool coordinator for volunteering their time to make the pools available!

If you have any questions about pool sessions:

News and Events

Lake Union Argosy Lighted Boat Parade: Dec 23

Come join us for the Annual Lake Union Argosy Lighted Boat Parade!
Launch from Sunnyside Street on Lake Union -
(*NOTE: this is where Duck Boats launch, not Waterway 18-19 as in prior years) -
and paddle over into Portage Bay to visit the house boats and spread good holiday cheer. The bay quickly fills with decorated boats of all types waiting for the Argosy ships with the Dickens Carolers. They put on a great show in Portage Bay and then move over to Gasworks Park for the Grande Finale. If you have not experienced this yet it is a MUST! Dress warm with many layers and immersion protection and don't forget to decorate your boat!

Contact Mark Greengo with questions.  

WKC 2018 Trip Planning Parties

WW Trip Planning Party - Jan 13

We will run the South Fork of the Snoqualmie, class II+, and then rally at David and Toria's for the 2018 White Water Trip Planning Party. It should be an amazing year this year, with you all leading trips, changing lives.

The club will be providing pizza, desert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Not necessary, but if you would like, please bring a side dish to share (dessert works too). BYOB if desired.

Please bring your calendars, ideas for this years clinics, and ready to plan a super fun year of kayaking!!!

Register Here

SK Trip Planning Party - Date TBA

Check back for date & location!

Kayak Polo is Back!

Kayak Polo is starting again at the Tukwila pool!

WKC's NEW kayak polo chair, Chris Brubaker, has been kind enough to organize dates and invite people to come down and try it out - every other Sunday!  Check event calendar for dates:

Tukwila Pool
4414 S 144th St
Tukwila, WA 98168
8:45-10:45 am

Cost: $10 for WKC members, $15 for non-members.

Looking for members to join the team in a tournament in San Leandro in April!

 Deception Pass Dash Report & Race Results

By Chris Brubaker

Bill McKenzie, Rob Freelove, George Gronseth, a few other people, and I entered the Deception Pass Dash last weekend. Usually the race starts a half hour or so before the ebb begins, but this year they started it right as the ebb was starting, which made for a very challenging race! Paddling from Pass island straight up to Strawberry island was impossible because of the strong current (aided by the “Supermoon” of that weekend), and we had to ferry over from the top of Pass Island to the Whidby island side and work our way up in the slower current by the bank, then ferry back over to get around Strawberry and then start heading back. Most sea kayakers didn’t finish due to the strong currents, and there were several capsizes in the strong currents. The scene at Pass Island looked like a salmon run - lots of paddlers working very hard and not making any forward progress. Very exciting and tough!

2017 Race Results

 Paddle Golden Gate: Jan 27 - 28

Sea kayak symposiums are designed for those wanting to take their skills to another level, in challenging ocean conditions.

The mission of Paddle Golden Gate is simple; to offer high-end professional paddlesports instruction and a quality event experience in a truly unique location. This remarkable venue provides a challenging coastal environment with strong currents and powerful swells for advanced skills training alongside protected water appropriate for novice and intermediate paddlers to develop their skills. With a focus on skills training, this unique event offers participants the opportunity to paddle with some of the world’s best instructors and athletes, in one of the finest teaching locations in the world.

Details & Registration

Other fantastic regional Kayak Symposiums

Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium
Baja Kayak Fest
Storm Gathering

UPCOMING EVENT: Winter Tutorials with Nigel Foster


As the days get dark and dreary, it's a great time to build skills and get ready for next season's Sea Kayaking adventures!  Do you have the skills you need to take you to the places you want to go? 

World-renowned kayaker and accomplished author, Nigel Foster, who is considered one of the most charismatic and talented instructors on the planet, has offered to present a series of classroom navigation tutorials from his new book, The Art of Kayaking, which is suitable to sea kayakers of all levels. 

Topics covered include:
- Charts explained
- Basic navigation
- Tides
- Weather
- Buoys
- Transits
Course Sample

The Art of Kayaking

Check back for dates!

 WKC San Juan Seven Challenge

We love circumnavigating islands and want to encourage more paddlers to join the fun, so we have launched the San Juan Seven Challenge. 
The seven islands selected for the San Juan Seven challenge are San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Cypress, Guemes, Lummi, and Stuart

You can circumnavigate the islands in any order that you like and can take as much time as you need or want to circumnavigate each island. To qualify for badges you need to circumnavigate the island during a WKC trip that has been announced on the WKC website.

Upcoming WKC Trips:
December 3/4: Guemes & Cypress Island

Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge

 WKC Seven Rivers Challenge

WKC members who participate in club trips to the seven designated rivers will receive collective paddle/boat stickers designed by a whitewater kayaker and artist Zeus Rudner. 

Challenge yourself to get all seven stickers! When a member completes all seven rivers, he/she will receive a finisher’s sticker. To make it easy to keep track, participants must register for the club trip online.

The designated rivers and in Seven Rivers challenge are: Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish, Wenatchee, and White Salmon

Upcoming WKC Trips:
Jan 13: Whitewater Planning Trip Party!

Contact new Whitewater Trip Chair 
or 7RC Cheerleader


 Looking to Buy/Sell Used Paddling Gear?

Maybe kayaking isn't your sport.  Need to sell some gently used gear?  Looking to purchase some paddling treasure?  Check out the WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers.  Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:


Schedule for ACA and PNA (formerly BCU) Paddler Certifications

Thinking of taking your paddling skills to the next level?  Become ACA or PNA (formerly BCU) certified this season. Special awards signify specific paddling, safety and leadership skills at different levels and in various craft. These awards provide a way to track your own progress as a paddler, and give others a reliable indication of your preparedness for trips and further trainings. Improve your skills or become a certified coach and lead others on the water:
ACA Certification
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling.  River, coastal, and surf kayaking certifications offered.

PNA Certification
Paddlesports North America (PNA) was formed in 2013 to provide access to British Canoeing (formerly known as the British Canoe Union or BCU) paddler awards and coaching certifications in North America, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.

 Recent Trip Reports

 Check out the Trip Reports  tab to see more WKC kayaking adventures.  

 Team Petty Adventure: British Columbia 2017

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

This is our fearless leader Bill Petty’s 40th year of paddling. He has been leading annual whitewater road trips to British Columbia almost every year for the past 28 years, and BC continues offering endless rivers he has never run. To paddle unknown rivers again this year, the Team headed to the northern capital of Prince George this time.

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 Three Sport Loop: Lake Chelan

 By Rich Feffer

Rich and his wife recently completed a loop trip in the east and north Cascades -  kayaking from Manson (near Chelan) to Stehekin, hiking through to Highway 20, and then cycling back to the start. Mileages were 46, 21, and 105 respectively, totaling 172 over 8 days. They enthusiastically recommend this trip if you like to combine multiple sports and get a good weather window (especially for the paddling portion).  Beautiful scenery as you watch the landscape change from desert to mountains and back.

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 Fall in the Wall for First Timers

By Shanna Gachen

Shout-out to one of our lifetime members, Jon Almquist, who never stops volunteering his time to help others adventure and experience our beautiful rivers. Whether it's helping out with the whitewater class, heading up skill builder trips right after class, leading adventure trips to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula or pushing any level paddler to their next level - he's always game!
Thanks Jon for all your guidance!

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 2017 Memorial Day Weekend at Solduc (Part 1)

By Joyce Stuart

The 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Solduc paddle, was a complete success. Sunshine and enough water to paddle! From Friday to Monday, there were 51 people paddling various watercraft: tandem canoes, solo canoes, hard shell whitewater kayaks, a double IK, a Packraft, a small R2 raft, and two Fishing cats. The largest group, all paddling the same river reach, was 38 on Saturday, paddling from Klahowya Campground to Hillstrom Road.

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 Shenanigans on the Solduc (Part 2)

 By Bob Menard

I was getting out of my boat after fetching someone's paddle following a swim at ledge drop [I will let that individual confess for them self]. As I was getting out, some nearby campers excitedly ran down to the river, and asked how far we were going. Not really understanding the nature of the question, I asked why. "We lost a cooler." I inquired further "how did you lose a cooler?" ..."our canoe flipped" ..."where is your canoe?" ..."it's also downstream" ...

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 Vancouver Island Whitewater Road Trip

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Jennie, Bill, and I packed Jennie’s van “Morris” and left for the Vancouver Island on Thursday, April 13 to join the Vancouver Kayak Club’s annual trip to the island. Despite the holiday weekend (Easter Monday is a federal holiday in Canada), the 10:45 p.m. ferry was fairly empty. We checked in a hotel a little after 1 a.m., went to bed by 2 a.m. and got ready for the four-day weekend.

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President: Mike Germani
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety

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