Sea Kayak - Squaxin Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - Squaxin Island Circumnavigation

Clockwise circumnavigation of Squaxin Island from Arcadia

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  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.7 nm

Meet at 10:00 am at Arcadia boat ramp

This is a 10 nm clockwise circumnavigation of Squaxin Island (SK III.)  We will paddle in conditions that may include winds of up to 13 kt, waves up to 1.5 ft, eddy lines and currents up to 1.5 kt.  If forecast conditions exceed this, I will have a Plan B paddle ready to go.

Participants must be able to maintain a paddle speed of 3 kt and have some experience and comfort with waves, currents and eddy lines. Dry suit and kayak 17 essentials required.  Bring VHF radios and tow belts, if you have them.

This will be a mentored paddle.

Photograph by Theresa Henderson.  Courtesy of Squaxin Island Tribe.



Squaxin Island Circumnavigation

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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