Commencement Bay


Sea Kayak - Commencement Bay

STUDENT PADDLE: From Dash Point Park and Pier to Hylebos Waterway and back. View sea lions, seals, and other wildlife with a great view of Mt Rainier. We will practice self and assisted rescues either near our lunch spot or near the end of our paddle, depending on weather and conditions.

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15.0 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.0 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3.0 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 - 3.0

We’ll meet at Dash Point Park and Pier (located at 1500 Beach Dr NE, Tacoma 98422) at 8:30 am.  Please note that the meeting place is about a mile west of Dash Point State Park.  Be ready to Launch at 10:00 am.

Parking in the lot is free and no parking pass is required.  There are public restrooms at the park and the parking lot is near the beach, so no wheels are needed.

Be sure to bring your lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.  Dry suit is required.

Bring if you have them:  VHF Radio, Tow Belt

This is a student paddle for the Tacoma Basic Sea Kayaking course.   Our route has minimal current and will provide students with an opportunity to practice their forward stroke and other maneuvering strokes as we navigate through a marina.

We’ll launch from the beach beside Dash Point Pier (located at 1500 Beach Dr NE, Tacoma 98422). Once on the water we’ll proceed to Browns Point Lighthouse Park, where we will stop briefly to stretch our legs and use the portable toilet if needed. We will then continue on around Browns Point to the mouth of the Hylebos Waterway in the Port of Tacoma, exploring the marina and hopefully observing sea lions, seals, and other wildlife with a great view of Mt Rainier, stopping for lunch on a secluded beach.  After lunch we’ll make our way back north, stopping again at Browns Point Lighthouse Park as needed or desired by the group.


Commencement Bay

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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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