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Fun and safe kayaking through trips, education, skill development, and conservation


May 2015   
Check out our new Kayaking Resources tab: One stop for all the information you need to go paddling! 

 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
Dear WKC members,
I am excited to share with you the two organizations which WKC has selected to receive our 2015 conservation award of $1000:

San Juan Preservation Trust which is buying Vendovi Island to conserve flora and fauna on this beautiful island. We have several WKC sea kayaking trips scheduled to the island this year.

American Whitewater which continues to impact the relicensing of dams, protect key watersheds on public lands and improve access to many rivers we like to paddle.

We are grateful to these and other conservation organizations for their efforts to protect the beautiful environment in which we paddle.

Check out our event calendar to see what is happening next. See you on and around the water!

 Featured Trip

Geoduck Clam Dig and Clam Feed: May 18 - 19

This is an opportunity for you to participate in a unique Pacific Northwest adventure. The geoduck (pronounced gooeduck) is the largest bivalve and the oldest animal in the world. It is found primarily in the Puget Sound and the inland waters of British Columbia.
Join kayaker and fisherman Tomas Tabisola in the hunt and get to taste what is considered a delicacy to the Asian community.  Camp at Dosewallips State Park, Paddle to Oak Head and other areas in Dabob Bay to hunt and dig geoduck clams.  Participants will prepare a feast using some of these recipes:  
When:  May 18 - 19
Where:  Dosewallips State Park
Trip Leader: Tomas Tabisola



 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking: June 5 - 7

Remember, what happens in class, stays in class...
Join us for a weekend of FUN and ADVENTURE as you develop your techniques and skills on the water!
When:  June 5 - 7
Where: Coronet Bay, Deception Pass
Contact: Rhonda Schwab
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

 WKC Incident Management: June 6 - 7

What is an incident? Anything that needs urgent attention. Could be as simple as needing to take a shore break, or as major as a heart attack. What could go wrong? What can you do about it?
When: June 6 - 7
Where: Bowman Bay and Coronet Bay
The most common incidents are the ones you want to have necessary training and equipment for: Examples include; hypothermia, cuts, dry suit tears, broken paddles, capsizes, sea sickness, broken boats, bad weather, and so forth …

 News and Events

 San Juan Preservation Trust is Requesting Support

SJPT is asking all those who have enjoyed access to the Vendovi Island Preserve - boaters, kayakers, hikers, birders, native plant enthusiasts, tidepoolers, beach loungers - to participate in this final fundraising push.

SJPT needs help to raise $350,000. Make a gift by June 1, 2015 and your gift will be tripled.
Bella French is looking for volunteers to assist with spring activities for the SJPT.  
May 3: Nursery Tour on San Juan Island
Late June: Seed Collectors' Training on San Juan Island

 Will YOU Accept the San Juan Seven Challenge?

Picture seven unique and beautiful islands nestled in the Salish Sea. While the first rays of the sun rising in the east strike the golden seas and the snows on Mt. Baker glisten, the paddle blade rhythmically glides through the water. These islands could be your next paddling destination if you decide to accept the San Juan Seven challenge.
WKC is offering recognition to paddlers who complete the circumnavigation of seven islands located in the greater San Juan archipelago. To receive this highly coveted and much rumored San Juan Seven award, each island must be circumnavigated while on a WKC sponsored trip.

Washington Water Trails Association: Upcoming Events

WWTA 2015 Rendevous Program

Stimulate your child-like curiosity with study groups about the current state of salmon and rivers in Western Washington, then go paddling on these special waterways! Six classes/trips scheduled are between April and September:

May 12: David Butterworth, Olympic National Park
May 16: Paddle the Elwha River

 Alki Kayak Tours Hiring New Sea Kayak and SUP Guides

  Alki Kayak Tours is hiring new Sea Kayak and SUP guides for the 2015 season. You must be available April thru October and complete a mandatory training program.

Employment Details

 Kayak Polo Players Wanted in Kirkland

There is a group of intrepid folks who play kayak polo every Wednesday at 6 pm in Kirkland, and we need more players. Location is Marsh park at NE 67th and Lake Washington Blvd. We communicate thru a Yahoo Group creatively called "Kirkland Kayak Polo" to determine if we have enough players each week. You just show up on time with whatever you want to wear and a suspicious guy in a van provides paddles and sit on top kayaks. It is free and there are no waivers to sign. We don't keep score.
Photo credit to Ashley Landis

 Build a Kayak at the Center for Wooden Boats

The Aleut Ikyak, also widely known as the Baidarka, has been used for thousands of years as the primary method of transportation in the Aleutian Islands. It is the acme of Arctic Native design. Build your own boat, designed to fit your skill level and body type. No experience required!

Session 2: June 27- July 5 South Lake Union
Session 3: September 12-19 at South Lake Union


SSTIKS Registration Now Open: June 12 - 14

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium (SSTIKS) is a family friendly weekend event featuring some of the best instructors and competitors in Greenland-style kayaking.  
Note: The registration policy has changed. Pre-registration only. No "at event" registrations will be accepted.

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 new WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers.  Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:

Washington State Ferries Now Accepting Reservations

The WSDOT is now accepting reservations for the following ferry routes:
- Port Townsend/Coupeville
- Anacortes/Sidney B.C.
- Anacortes / San Juan Islands 
Reservation holders are prioritized.  Up to 80 percent of sailing capacity can be allocated to reservations, which means drive-up passengers may wait through multiple sailings for space, if they did not make reservations ahead of time.  Keep this in mind for upcoming kayaking trips and plan ahead.

 Paddlesports North America: BCU Assessment Calendar

Thinking of earning a BCU paddling award this year?  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. PNA emphasizes paddler proficiency and safety as well as environmental awareness while promoting broader participation in paddlesports, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.

R2AK - Do You Have What It Takes?   June 4

Race to Alaska.  Sail, row, paddle 750 cold water miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan.  First place prize is $10,000.  Do you have what it takes?
Strategize with fellow WKC members, then register if you dare...

Paddle Oregon: August 17 - 21

Registration for Willamette Riverkeeper's 15th annual Paddle Oregon adventure is now OPEN!

Recognized as the premier paddling event on the Willamette River, Oregon's only National Water Trail, Paddle Oregon is one of the most fun, educational, and affordable multi-day supported river trips available.

For Inspiration, Trip Details, Equipment Lists, and more, visit today!

 Safety Corner

Steve Exe and Mike Grijalva are the Safety Co-chairs for the WKC. Contact them if you have safety concerns for our rivers. Please read and use the River Hazards Forum on WKC Forums page.  
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road Construction
The contractor has repaired two of the three slide areas within the roadway and has started repair work on the third.
Klickitat River Safety Concerns

The Klickitat River is a wonderful resource that you may want to explore. It requires a drive of about 4+ hours, but you are then in a lovely valley on the sunny side of the mountains. The access road likely won’t be covered by snow this year, so the season may start in April, instead of Memorial Day. 

 Recent Trip Reports

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

 Swiftwater Rescue with Casey Garland

By Mike Grijalva

Fourteen paddlers attended the first Swiftwater Course of the season, taught by Casey Garland. The in-the-river portion of the class was taught at the Cedar River at Landsburg, and we spent lots of time in the water.

 2015 WW Basic Course

By Rick Schoen

The Whitewater Basic Class was a great success again this year from 2/28 thru 3/21. Lots of learning, experience, and growth seemed to occur for all – students, instructors, and helpers alike.

 Easter BC WW Trip

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Led by Bill Petty, Doug Knapp, Jennie Goldberg, Andy Meyers, Chris Knorr and I paddled Statlu Creek (Class 3+) and Chehilis River (Class 3+) on Saturday and Coquihalla River (Class 3) on Sunday.

 Larch Madness at Diablo Lake

By LaVerne Woods
Nine paddlers met at Colonial Creek Campground on the morning of October 18, 2014 as the mist was lifting off of Thunder Arm in the North Cascades. We paddled north to Diablo Lake in smooth water and headed east up the channel to visit Horsetail Falls, past vine and bigleaf maples in their autumn colors.

Guemes Island Circumnavigation

By David Ortland

Seven WKC paddlers spent a beautiful day circumnavigating Guemes Island on Feb 22. The goal of the trip was to learn how to navigate San Jaun currents. This was a day with a southward strong ebb of 3.5 knots through Bellingham Channel, producing moderate eddies and rips to play around in. 

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Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Sybille Fleischmann
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety,

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