Golden Gardens


Sea Kayak - Golden Gardens

This is an equivalency evaluation and SK-II to SK-III paddle to satisfy the requirements of the SK Basics Equivalency Course.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Sea Kayak II+, Easy+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 2 kt

Meet at 9 am at the south end of the beach main beach at Golden Gardens Park, just north of the small creek, just north of the rip-rap and north marina entrance. We plan to launch at 10 am.

After a short introduction to paddling with the Mountaineers and to the requirements of Equivalency, we will conduct an on-water evaluation then proceed to paddle the type of trip that a basic course student would paddle as part of the course.


Golden Gardens

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

Clothing Notes:

Since there will be a need to perform wet-exits and rescues, all participants will be required to wear a wetsuit or a drysuit suitable for immersion in 55 degree water temperatures for several minutes at a time. You will also need to bring a lunch, water, PFD, whistle, bilge-pump, paddle-float, paddle, single kayak with flotation and deck lines, and a spray skirt (spray deck). Sun protection (hat, glasses, sunblock) is recommended as well as a tether for eyeglasses/sunglasses if you wear them. Some people also like to use nose-plugs for capsize/rescue drills. Gloves (neoprene) are recommended as the water can be cold and wind will make the hands feel colder. People often wear neoprene booties as well, though other types of water shoes are common as well.

Trip Reports