Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic - Freshwater Bay


Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic - Freshwater Bay

Paddle the open coast with confidence and delight! Come refine your strokes, improve and add to your rescue skills, and increase your overall awareness in an open coastal sea kayaking environment.

  • Sea Kayak IV, Sea Kayak V
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3

Meet at Freshwater Bay County Park for a 10:00 beach talk and a 10:30 launch.  Double parking is encouraged in the trailer parking zone.  There's a port-a-potty. 

This one-day clinic will start with a review and practice of the essential paddle strokes in Freshwater Bay.  Then we'll head east around Observatory Point to apply those strokes in rock gardens with little to no swell.  Next we'll add situational awareness and rescues in similar conditions.  After that, we'll find some reasonably more gnarly features with which we can apply and reflect upon our skills.  We will focus on rock gardening, but will cover the breadth of open coastal kayaking skills as needed.   

When you request permission, please summarize your paddling experience and what you hope to gain from this clinic.

Drysuits and helmets required.  


Freshwater Bay

  • MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca: Eastern Part No. 18465
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Kayaking essentials, plus;


Neoprene Gloves

Spare paddle secured to deck

Neoprene hood recommended

vhf radio recommended

Personal boat repair kit recommended

Signaling kit recommended

Bivy kit recommended

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