Port Gamble Bay


Sea Kayak - Port Gamble Bay

Rental Paddle for Basic Class students

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1.6 kts
  • Pace: Inclusive of all.

Meet at 10:00am. Those renting boats or suits meet at the Olympic Outdoor Center, 32379 N Rainier Ave, Port Gamble, WA. Others not needing rentals meet directly at the waterfront launch area at the bottom of the hill from the shop.

We will spend some time going over the student paddle sheets before launching.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Wind: <10 kts
  • Waves: <1.2 ft
  • Currents:  <1.5 kts
  • Distance: 8 nm
  • Pace:  measured

Preference will be given to Tacoma Basic Class students.

You have the option of renting gear from the Olympic Outdoor. Arrange your gear through their website at www.olympicoutdoorcenter.com. Click this link for a drysuit package, and this link for a boat package . Pick the correct trip as there are multiple listed. You can ring them at 360-297-4659, and ask for Forrest or Drew if you need to contact them.  Rental gear can get tied up, so calling sooner rather than later is recommended. Note that you will need to purchase or supply your own gloves and neoprene hood. They provide a "boat package" (boat, paddle, paddle float pump, PFD) and / or a "Drysuit Package" (drysuit and booties). The boats will be carrying distance from the water, so no car racks are required. The Mountaineer package prices shown are a 10% discount.

Plan on paddling from Port Gamble Bay, then going to Salisbury Park just west down the canal. After circumnavigating Port Gamble Bay, we'll do rescues. Bring Picnic lunch. Wet or Dry Suit required. Toilets available at (after 10am) at launch and at Salisbury Point, our probable lunch spot.


Port Gamble Bay

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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