Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

This student paddle will start and end at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park. We will experience paddling in current and see the effects of back eddies. We will practice self and assisted rescues upon our return to Owen Beach.

  • SK 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: 2,5-3

Meeting Time:  08:00

Launch Time:  09:30

Meeting place:  Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park

Access Fee/Permits:  none required

This is a student paddle for the Tacoma Basic Sea Kayaking course.  Our route is a Puget Sound classic going from Point Defiance Park to Titlow Beach Park and back.  We will have assistance from the tidal current going both ways.  With situational awareness we can witness the effects of current and back eddies and learn how they affect our decision making, both in route planning and on the water.   We will perform self and assisted rescues on our return to Owen Beach.


Tacoma Narrows

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
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