Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic


Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic - Makah Bay

Two half-day clinics on managing your kayak in the surf zone

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  • Sea Kayak V
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 18 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts

Meet at Hobuck Beach campground sometime around noon. Be on the north campground beach suited up and kayak ready/near water's edge at 1pm.

This will not be about surfing, instead you'll learn how to traverse the surf zone safely in a loaded boat.  The first day will probably be in the soup zone and the second day in the break zone. 

It will be helpful if you have had an Introduction to Currents clinic before attending.

In the Introduction to surf section (day 1) you will be introduced to paddling safely in the surf zone. You'll learn about surf zone etiquette and how to traverse the surf zone (going out beyond the break and come back in) safely, especially important in a loaded boat. 


Those who are demonstrate comfort and control in the soup zone will progress to the "break" zone on day 2.  You may choose to stay in the “soup” zone rather than venturing out into the break zone.

On the days following this clinic, there will be some area trips. To be qualified to participate in these you must have demonstrated the ability to launch and land through the break zone with control. 

A helmet and dry suit or wet suit is required, gloves are recommended. A roll is not required, but is useful.

 A Makah Recreational Use Permit is required for each car ($10, purchased at the Hobuck Beach Resort campground office or store in Neah Bay.) Camping fees at the Hobuck Resort are $25/car/night and you do not need to make a reservation. A limited number of reservable  cabins are available (check the Hobuck Beach Resort website for information.)  Carpooling in encouraged and halves camping fees in addition to reducing your carbon footprint.

The campground is basic. It has a men's and women's shower (1 each), multiple porta-potties, and irregularly distributed and insufficiently numbered picnic tables. Alcohol or recently-legalized mind-altering drugs are not permitted per local (tribal) laws.  There is a grocery store in the nearby town of Neah Bay.


Hobuck Beach

  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

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    NOAA Cape Flattery No. 18485
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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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