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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 beautiful Deception Pass State Park for two days of clinics designed to advance paddling skills in a variety of conditions and build a community of experienced paddlers.

A full weekend of on-the-water paddler development workshops led by experienced instructors. 

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 experienced instructors provides a safe learning environment. However, you will want to come with some paddling experience to get the most out of the weekend.

To guarantee your space, please register for the event as soon as you can. We will continue to follow up with individual course listings as they become available. Please continue to check this website for individual course postings.

 Included with the registration fee, is lodging in rustic cabins, informal potluck dinner Friday evening, full Saturday evening dinner and full breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Kayak with deck lines

Full kayak kit

Sleeping bag and pillow


Discover Pass


Helmet and gloves

Immersion wear

Specific equipment as required by individual instructors.

Course Materials

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