Quartermaster Harbor


Beginner Sea Kayak - Quartermaster Harbor

Rental paddle for Tacoma Basic Class students. Sheltered water, lunch at Dockton Park, review of basic skills and rescues.

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: Leisurely

We will meet at the Vashon Adventures boat house at Burton Acres/Jensen Point near the town of Burton on Vashon Island.  Time of meeting: 9:00 am.  Access to Vashon Island by WSF ferries from Fauntleroy (West Seattle), Point Defiance (Tacoma), and Southworth (Kitsap County).  We will equip ourselves with the help of boathouse staff and launch by 10:30.

  I'll send  ferry details, and weather forecast Thursday before the paddle.  Rental kit includes boats, paddle, pfd, spray skirt, pump & paddle float.  The cost per person is $50.  Vendor has wet suits available, but I encourage purchase or rental of dry suits elsewhere.  Check the required equipment tab on this page.  Quartermaster Harbor has scenic shoreline, several beaches with public access, and  our lunch site at Dockton Park has a picnic shelter and heated restrooms.  A bucolic paddle in a harbor with early maritime  history.


Quartermaster Harbor

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474

    NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These three essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  2. Paddle
  3. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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