Quartermaster Harbor


Sea Kayak - Quartermaster Harbor

Quartermaster Harbor Tacoma Basic Class Student Paddle

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm

Priority will be given to Tacoma basic class students. We will paddle approximately 8 nautical miles in Quartermaster Harbor, between Vashon and Maury Islands, launching from Burton Acres Park (Jensen Point), stopping for lunch at Dockton Park on Maury Island, then returning to Burton Acres Park.

Rental kayaks are available at the launch. A limited number of wetsuits are available, and are included with kayak rentals. Please make arrangements through Vashon Watersports by calling 206-463-9257 or by emailing reservations@vashonwatersports.com. Students will be required to demonstrate a self rescue and both sides of an assisted rescue during the paddle. Please print out and bring your paddle completion worksheets, which should be filled out in advance, and will be signed off by the paddle leader upon successful completion of the paddle.

Paddle details, including launch time, will be provided by the paddle leader after signup.

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: SK II
  • Wind: less than 10 knots
  • Waves: less than 1 ft.
  • Currents: None
  • Distance:  8 nm
  • Pace: Slow

Quartermaster Harbor

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474

    NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
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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. Wetsuit or Drysuit
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