Navigation and Trip Planning Field Day

Field trip: Sea Kayak Navigation

Navigation and Trip Planning Field Day - Quartermaster Harbor

On the water field day for the Kayak Trip Planning and Navigation Course

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm

9:00 am ready to launch at Owen's Beach, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma.

We'll paddle into commencement bay, and cross to the mouth of Quartermaster Harbor.  Along the way we'll practice navigation skills.

This is the second half of the Trip Planning and Navigation Clinic.  Participants must have completed the classroom session before going on this paddle.  Participants must be this year's basic class students or already have the Basic Sea Kayak Badge.


Quartermaster Harbor

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474

    NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Regular sea kayak essentials for a day paddle.

Dry suit or wet suit and splash top required, as immersion is always possible.

Compass, (handheld, deck mounted, or preferably both).

Long billed cap (required to block vision at times).

Trip Reports