Essential Sea Kayak Skills


Essential Sea Kayak Skills - Lake Washington: Concrete Beach

Develop directional control skills, including edging, turning and ruddering.

  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Maximum Wind: 15.0 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft

Meet at Concrete Beach in Magnuson Park, at the Sail Sand Point launch area.  Be geared up and ready to begin the clinic by 9 a.m.  This is a 3-hour clinic. 

Directional control is a key part of effective, enjoyable, and safe kayaking.  We will focus on turning and other directional control, including edging, ruddering, and other  strokes and maneuvers.   Come and improve how you control and turn your kayak!

Basic competence in these on the water skills will boost your confidence to paddle competently on a variety of trips. Each clinic will focus on one area of skills. You can take all sessions, or as many as you feel you need. These are introductory clinics, but all levels are welcome. You must be a Basic Sea Kayak graduate, or have club equivalency status. 

Dates for the other clinics:

Forward Stroke                                                 2/4

Balance, Bracing, Moving Sideways          2/10

Rescues and Towing                                       2/17

Directional Control                                          3/9

Kayaking in Currents                                       3/17

Kayaking with a Greenland Paddle           TBA

(Kayaking in Wind and Waves was offered in Nov. 2023)


Lake Washington

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