Rock Gardening Clinic


Rock Gardening Clinic - Freshwater Bay to Crescent Bay

An introduction to Rock Gardening

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  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 nm

11:00am at Freshwater Bay State Park. Shoretalk at 10:45am.

Rock Gardening skills, rescues and safety.

Learn directional control strokes, blended strokes and application for the dynamic environment.

Learn safety issues associated with playing in among the rocks.

Practice rescues and learn how to modify them and choose among them for the conditions encountered.

Be prepared to swim.

Note helmet, gloves, and immersion wear is needed; see equipment tab.

We'll paddle toward crescent beach fairly directly, then have lunch while the tide comes in. Then have a briefing and talk before meandering our way back through features. So plan for a 1:30pm lunch.


Freshwater Bay

  • MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103

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

Required Equipment

Mountaineers 10 Essentials

Sea Kayak with flotation both ends, deck lines required, plastic preferred






Extra clothes

First Aid Kit

Repair Kit

Lunch and snacks

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