Sea Kayak Leadership Development - San Juan Islands Archipelago Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak Leadership Development - San Juan Islands Archipelago Circumnavigation

7 night leadership development clinic paddling in the San Juan Islands. Emphasis will be placed on efficient tidal planning, navigation, use of a vhf radio in real life paddling, group dynamics, expedition paddling, and incident management whilst paddling in a beautiful location.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 60.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: moderate to brisk

Washington Park Boat launch.  June 22nd.  Time to be determined.

This clinic should be called "putting the pieces together".  Each participant will be expected to plan the entire trip, but lead only one leg.    All participants will be expected to participate in the daily debrief, including the following days plan.  Participants should have 1) at least one nights kayak camping experience,  2) taken a kayak navigation class, 3) taken a eddies and currents clinic or have similar experience 4) and have experience paddling in wind of at least 15 kt.    Participants will manage practice (and maybe real life) scenarios.  Clinic will be adjusted to conform to Covid-19 restrictions at the time of the paddle.  Covid-19 vaccination strongly recommended prior to trip. Should the mountaineers restrict participant numbers as we approach the trip, participation will be based on leaders discretion to allow for the best training opportunity.

We will want to take small tents, and paddlers will likely need to share sites.  Some sites have overnight camping fees.

The leader will discuss the paddle (in depth) with each participant through the planning stages.

Members only.  Adults only.


San Juan Islands from Anacortes

  • Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Sea Kayaking Equipment + 10 Essentials.

Recommend you have a deck mounted compass, and a hand held compass.

Highly recommend you have a copy of the waterproof Maptech 104 (San Juan Islands).  You can have a different chart in a case, but you will need to have a chart of the region on the deck while paddling.  Highly recommend a waterproof grease pencil such as a Listo brand with a small float attached.

There will be fees to park, and also camping fees at some of the campsites (bring some cash).

Required equipment also includes a drysuit, helmet, tow system (short and long), camping equipment, food and water for the week, and a vhf waterproof marine radio (we'll teach you how to use it).

Recommended equipment includes an expanded first aid kit, spare paddle, a boat repair kit, and signaling kit.

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