Sea Kayak - Broken Group Islands


Sea Kayak - Broken Group Islands

An introduction to open coastal expedition paddling.

  • Sea Kayak III+, Sea Kayak IV, Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 60.0 nm

We will launch from Secret Beach about 9 AM on Sunday July 2, 2017.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: Moderate.  This is an SK-III to SK-V paddle, as we will be doing some paddling in open coastal environments. 
  • Wind:We will paddle, at times, in 15 mph winds.
  • Waves: We will paddle, at times, in 4-6 foot swell.  More commonly we will paddle in 1-2 foot chop.
  • Currents: We will likely not paddle in currents over 0.5 kt.
  • Rout: Exact route to be determined during the trip by the participants.
  • Distance:  Likely will be paddling 50-60nm during the week.
  • Pace:  Moderate, paddle roughly 3-3.5 kt speed with frequent breaks.

The Broken Island Group is a great introduction to open coastal paddling in B.C. and some paddlers have it on their "bucket list". Certain areas within the group are protected, and others are open coastal.  We may extend the trip out of the Broken Group to the Deer Group, depending on weather and group dynamics and interest.  With this in mind, the group will be deciding what we will do on a daily basis, with participants expected to take turns planning and leading (mentored) the next days' events.  This is a trip leader primer clinic/trip.  Therefore the mountaineers Kayak Trip Planning and Navigation clinic is a pre-requisite, and may be taken when offered in May, 2017.  It is advisable that participants have kayak camped prior to this trip.  It is advisable that participants have taken the Sea Kayak Wind and Waves clinic.  We will not intend to do surf landings or exits.  Each of the camping sites in the Broken Island group have compositing toilets.  FYI, bears are not a concern on the islands.


Broken Group Islands

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven 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. Floatation in both ends of the kayak.  Kayak must have deck lines.
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally.  This includes a dry suit.
  9. Camping equipment and food/water for 8 days (no reliable water source on the islands).
  10. Helmet and gloves required.
  11. Recommend but not required; spare paddle, tow system, VHF radio,  gps, water resistant camera, float bags, boat repair kit.
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