Individualized Kayak Instruction- Open Water - Gig Harbor Triple Cross


Individualized Kayak Instruction- Open Water - Gig Harbor Triple Cross

We'll build on the strokes you learned during Tacoma Branch Basic Sea Kayak Course. We'll review and add to what you recently learned during your basic course. We'll explore Gig Harbor Bay. You'll also have an opportunity to enjoy a little paddling in current in conditions. You'll be introduced to minor currents out of Gig Harbor Bay on our way over to Owen Beach. We might find a seal or sea lion escort. Next, we'll head over to Vashon Island for a short break, finally returning to GH with lunch at Tides tavern.

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Pace: 2.5

We'll meet at Eddon Boat Park at 9:15am. Please be ready for the clinic to begin at 10:30am. If you need additional time, please arrive earlier.

There are some really nice restrooms at this park.

We'll make it a point to park along Harbor View Drive, or over along Stinson Ave, as you come down the hill next to the GH yacht club. There's parking on the street. It's all parallel parking. There's plenty of parking. We'll also drive into the park and down the driveway to unload our kayaks and then go park on the streets.

Bring if you have these:

  • VHF radio
  • Tow belt
  • Snacks and something warm to drink
  • Extra paddle

 Note: Priority will be given to Tacoma Branch Basic Sea Kayak students or graduates. 

The instructions will be performed in a protected yet open water setting.  The training will typically be one-on-one with a single instructor and student but may be two students to an instructor. 



  • Foundational skills
  • Forward paddling
  • traveling in a straight line
  • Reverse paddling
  • Edging
  • Static turning
  • Forward turn on move
  • Reverse turns on the move
  • Stern rudders
  • Moving sideways
  • Support strokes
  • Use of skegs
  • Use of rudder
  • Entering opposite flowing currents

Gig Harbor Triple Cross

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Sea Kayak, paddle, PFD, spray skirt, pump, paddle float, and storm cap, dry suit required. 

If the air temperature is above 67°, a wetsuit is acceptable as long as the participant is willing to accept responsibility for their own well-being.

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