Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

Tacoma Branch Basic Sea Kayak Student Paddle: Titlow to Pt. Defiance/Owen Beach and back.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 nm/hr

Launch site is the beach by Steamer's.

Parking is limited, car pooling encouraged.

Meeting time is 9am, Launch at 10:00 or earlier if everyone is ready.

Bring lunch, snacks, water, essentials and an adventurous attitude. This paddle allows for some customization of conditions based on group strength.

If you can beg, borrow or steal (not really) wheels for your kayak they will come in very handy for this paddle. Its a long carry from the parking lot to the beach.

This is a current assisted paddle to Pt. Defiance from Titlow and return..

By launching at 10 am we will ride the ebb to Pt. Defiance, currents will give us an assist of about 2kts throughout the paddle.  We will take a longer lunch break to allow the currents to change and launch for the return trip after the flood starts. Catching the early flood will give us some bouncy water on the cross over the Narrows toward Pt. Evans.  After that we will be riding the laminar flow with a 2kt assist all the way back to Titlow.  On the way back we pass under the Tacoma Narrows bridge in about midspan (depending on boat traffic) and avoid the pilons.

Rescues will be practiced on the return to the Titlow beach area.

There will be 4 leaders/assistants with 8 additional paddlers on this trip.


Tacoma Narrows

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The 20 Kayak 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 required.
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