Sea Kayak - Saddlebag Island


Sea Kayak - Saddlebag Island

Student paddle for the 2022 Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking program’s Basic Sea Kayaking course. We will paddle from Anacortes Seafarer's Park out to beautiful Saddlebag Island, with stop at Huckleberry Island along the way. We will practice wet exits and rescues just off Saddlebag Island, and then take time for lunch and a walk.

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.6 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1.5 kts
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at Seafarer's Memorial Park in Anacortes  and be ready for an 8:00am launch so that we can traverse Guemes Channel near slack.  The Park is located at 601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes, WA 98221.  Map:

Dry suit or wet suit required.  This is a student paddle, so we will practice wet exits and rescues, so will get wet.

I recommend packing a pair of hiking shoes or boots to enjoy a walk on Saddlebag Island.  The trails around the bluff are a bit rough, but the main trail between the coves is very short and in good shape.

There is a bathroom and water available at the launch site, and a composting toilet on Saddlebag Island.

Sign up preference will be given to Everett Sea Kayak students through May 8.


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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
  9. Dry suit or wet suit
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