Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

Short paddle from Steilacoom to Day Island. Near Day Island we will simulate being victims to allow the marine rescue unit - Fireboat Endeavor to practice response to kayakers in distress.

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  • Sea Kayak III
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.3 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

Meet at Sunnyside Park just north of Steilacoom. Be ready to launch by 10am.

We will all be getting wet and may be in the water for extended periods, so please dress accordingly. Our session with the fire department will be in the afternoon and will take place somewhere around Day Island. The Tacoma group will be doing a session in the morning.  This will be a great opportunity to see how a rescue by the marine rescue unit might take place.

We will paddle back to Sunnyside Beach after the rescue practice.


Tacoma Narrows

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Helmet required for this paddle due to interaction with fire boat.

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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