Trip Planning (Practical)

Field trip: Sea Kayak Navigation

Trip Planning (Practical) - San Juan Islands from Anacortes

Participants will plan and execute a trip which has 2+nm crossing with more than 5+nm fetch, in water with tidal current and crosses a shipping lane

  • Fri, Jun 21, 2024 — Sun, Jun 23, 2024
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Sea Kayak III/IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 30.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 5 kts


Participants must have taken "On-land Navigation" and "On the Water Navigation" before participating in this field trip.

It is recommended that participants have experience in Sea Kayak camping.

Participants will be divided into groups. Before the trip, each group will plan the kayak trip  that could be executed by a group of competent Mountaineers sea kayakers.  The plan must include start time for the day, time on route, and end time of the day.  Legs must account for currents.  Overall, the route should take advantage of favorable currents.

Each day, each group should execute their plan and guide the the rest of participants on each leg.  Each group should take note of the actual time each landmark was reached.  If the deviation is significant, they should take action to compensate.  At the end of the day, we will discuss what we have learned and how the groups will use that on their next plan.  


San Juan Islands from Anacortes

  • Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Standard kayaking equipment

Navigation tools, VHF radio

Personal kayak camping equipment

Group equipment

Trip Reports