San Juan Islands from Anacortes


Sea Kayak - Burrows & Allan Islands

Explore Burrows & Allan Islands with side trip to Biz Point if weather allows. This is a great trip for any sea kayak student looking to fulfill their student paddle requirements. Non students are welcome to join. Students who do not yet have a boat or dry suit can rent these items from BodyBoatBlade (details below).

  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.5 nm
  • Pace: Moderate

Meet at Cabana Beach in Anacortes. Students should arrive no later than 9:00 am. All others, please arrive in time to be packed and ready to launch by the 10:15 beach talk. If you need to rent a boat and/or dry suit, you can arrange that yourself through BodyBoatBlade ( When you do, please confirm that they can set you up to launch directly from Cabana Beach.  

Depending on weather, wind, and group strength, we will paddle a figure-8 around the islands, taking a break at the lighthouse on Burrows and a lunch stop at Biz Point.

At some point during the day, students will take time to practice  self and assisted rescues. To practice your trip planning skills, all students must bring a printed chart of the route (print off from DeepZoom or NOAA is fine) with notes about the currents, and tides for the day, along with the weather forecast.  Do your best. No one will fail. It's all in the spirit of learning.

Be sure to bring a dry bag with a change of clothing in case you end up in the water with a zipper open by mistake. Bring enough food and clothing to stay comfortable on our breaks: sun/warm hat, gloves, windbreaker, hot tea, lunch, sunglasses, and plenty of sun screen. 

We will return to Cabana sometime between 3-5 pm. 


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight 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
  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
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