Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic - San Juan Islands Circumnavigation


Open Coastal Kayaking Clinic - San Juan Islands Circumnavigation

Introduction to Trip Leading in the San Juans.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 50.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

Washington Park Boat Launch, Saturday June 9th.   The group will get together a week or two in advance of the paddle for a pot-luck dinner to discuss the tentative plan.

This is intended as a kayak-leader training paddle.  As such, registration priority will be made for current or aspiring trip leaders.  This will be a 7 day (camping) paddle in the San Juan Islands.  Each participant will be responsible for leading the group for one day of the journey.  The two trip leaders will throw in scenarios to spice things up (if necessary).  Plans may change (abruptly) at times, depending on conditions, group dynamics, teaching opportunities, etc.  All participants should be interested in leading groups in tidal current conditions.  All participants should have training in kayak navigation, kayak camping, paddling in wind up to 15 kt, waves up to 3 ft, and currents up to 4 kt.  A directional control clinic is highly recommended as well.  We hope to put the participants into conditions that will present real life leadership opportunities.  At times we will likely be staying at State Park campsites, so expect to bring some cash.  Must be a mountaineers member. 


San Juan Islands Circumnavigation

  • MapTech The San Juan Islands No. 104

    Sea Trails Lummi Island, Bellingham & Samish Bays WA005

    Sea Trails Orcas Island North San Juan SeaTrails WA004

    Sea Trails San Juan Island Stuart Island WA003

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Kayaking essentials (drysuit required), plus;

Camping equipment, including food and water for 8 days.

Helmet required

Spare paddle

Neoprene hat recommended

vhf radio required if participant wants to be signed off on vhf radio instruction

Personal boat repair kit recommended

Signaling kit recommended

Tide and current tables for the San Juans

Chart of the San Juans (either a Maptech waterproof, or NOAA chart in a waterproof chart case). 


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