Vashon, Blake & Bainbridge Islands


Sea Kayak - Vashon, Blake & Bainbridge Islands

Kayak support for PNW Master's Swim open water swimming race from Vashon to Owen Beach "Swim Defiance". We will frame the route to provide swimmer security. No rescues required they will have power boats available.

  • Easy, Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 4.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

Owen Beach

Launch time to be determined closer to event.  Expect an minimum of 4-6 hour committment.

The Pacific NW Master’s Swimming organization is hosting a 3K race spanning Dalco Passage.  Up to 100 swimmers will start near the  S. Vashon Is.Ferry Dock  and swim to a finish chute at Pt. Defiance Owen Beach on Saturday morning August 10th.  Our Masters organization is seeking two (2) dozen kayakers to frame the route supporting swimmer security.   A few motorized crafts will be positioned outside of our volunteer kayakers to provide direct swimmer assistance, if required.  

General agenda would require a 4 hr. time commitment including equipment put-in and take out. We feel it would be great publicity for The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch-Sea Kayaking and look forward to partnering.

  “Swim Defiance” is only 1 of 3 USMS sanctioned open water races in Puget Sound, so it will draw media, family and spectators.

Kayakers are just there to outline the swim route and as a guide for swimmers.  They will have lifeguards and rescue swimmers in the power boats if there is a swimmer in distress.  As a kayaker you may be asked to stay with a swimmer until help arrives but it is not the kayakers job to rescue.

All kayakers receive whistles and flags along with a plastic card with race director and safety director numbers and basic instructions when they sign in the day of the event.  There will be a mandatory safety meeting the morning of and before the event all kayakers will receive written instructions about 1 week prior to the event.

Lastly all volunteers will be fed and receive a 
small gift from our team.


Vashon, Blake & Bainbridge Islands

  • NOAA Puget Sound No. 18440

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    Sea Trails Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Liberty Bay WA202
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Floatation in both ends of the kayak

  1. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  2. Paddle
  3. Spray skirt
  4. Bilge pump with floatation
  5. Self-rescue paddle float
  6. Waterproof whistle
  7. Dry Suit
  8. Spare Clothes
  9. Food and water
  10. Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)
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