Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic


Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic - Crescent Bay

3-day clinic covering concepts of paddling in the surf, rock gardening, and coastal paddling.

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  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: moderate to brisk

Crescent beach RV park and campground, time TBD. 

3-day event at Crescent Beach.  We usually have this clinic at Hobuck, but we don't have access this year.  Open sea conditions vary greatly with the weather.  We'll be concentrating on teaching principals, which the student can apply to their comfort level.  Day one will be devoted to introducing students to paddling safely in the surf zone.  This will not be about surfing, instead you'll learn how to traverse the surf zone safely in a loaded boat.  Day two will be devoted to a review of Saturday's lesson, and a short paddle along the open strait.  Day three we will learn rock gardening skills and safety, paddling in the intertidal zone in surge channels, mild overfalls, and between rocks.  This is an intermediate level clinic, and all participants should already have had tidal currents, directional control, and incident management training.   A roll is not required, but is recommended.  The venue and order of the clinics may change depending on conditions, so planning on participating for all three days is recommended.  Open to Mounties members only. Prefer participants be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Camping can be reserved at Crescent Beach RV park and campground, and also at Salt Creek Recreation area.  There is also a small fee to use the beach, if not staying at Crescent Beach RV park. 


Crescent Bay

  • NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca: Eastern Part No. 18465

    MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Kayaking essentials, plus;


Neoprene Gloves

Spare paddle secured to deck recommended

Neoprene hood recommended

vhf radio recommended

Personal boat repair kit recommended

Signaling kit recommended

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