Paddler Development Weekend - 2018

Sea Kayaking & Outdoor Leadership Course

Paddler Development Weekend

Organized by the Seattle Kayaking Committee, "PDW" is a gem of the organization's training events. Kayakers come together at Deception Pass for two days of clinics designed for advanced paddling skills in dynamic waters and build a community of experienced paddlers. This full weekend of on-the-water paddler development workshops is led by experienced instructors and held in beautiful Deception Pass State Park! Registration is open to all Mountaineer Sea Kayaking branches.

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A full weekend of on-the-water paddler development workshops led by experienced instructors held in beautiful  Deception Pass State Park!

On this annual weekend of instruction and socializing you will self assess and choose two on the water clinics designed to challenge and improve your paddling skills in and around dynamic conditions. Choices will include strokes, navigation, maneuvering in tidal currents, practicing rescue techniques. The controlled environment with American Canoe Association (ACA)-certified instructors provides a safe learning environment. However, you will want to come with some paddling experience to get the most out of the weekend. Completion of the Mountaineers Basic Sea Kayaking course or equivalrncy is required.

 To guarantee your space, please register for the event as soon as you can. We will follow up before September 1st with individual course listings.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment


Full kayak kit

Sleeping bag and pillow


Discover Pass



Specific equipment as determined by individual course instructors

Course Materials

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