Commencement Bay


Sea Kayak - Dash Point Pier to Hylebos Waterway

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm

Meet at Dash Point Pier, 1601 Markam Ave NE, Tacoma, WA. Showtime 9 AM with a planned launch time of 10:00 AM

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: SK II/III
  • Wind: < 10 knots
  • Waves: < 1 foot
  • Route: Easy
  • Distance:  10 nm
  • Pace: Moderate

We'll paddle from Dash Point Pier into the Hylebos Waterway practicing boat handling skills, have lunch and paddle back All participants need to be dressed for immersion. We'll practice self and assisted re-entries.


Commencement Bay

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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
  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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