My name is Jason Learned and welcome to "Northwest Paddling", an online resource for paddling in the Pacific Northwest.

I started paddling in 2009 after purchasing my first boat. I am currently a BCU 4 Star Leader and an ACA L4 Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor.

My hope is that the info on this site allows you to have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.



Baja Festival

This is a rough water event for experienced sea kayakers in Baja Mexico. 2 classes being offered in April 2014!

Lumpy Waters

Use Promo Code Lumpy2014 to save 15% on registration until Feb 3rd. October 10th-12th 2014



This is an awesome course and you should take it. This will elevate your paddling to a new level! June 21-23 2014

RAFT UP to break the world record!

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On Sunday, August 17th, 2014, be a part of something BIG. 

Come to Vashon Island, Washington, to break the world’s record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in one place! Help fill Quartermaster Harbor with 2,500 human-powered boats to celebrate the fact that we’re stronger together and to raise money for Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS). 

Registration for the event is $25 per boat. A boat is a boat is a boat. Any kayak or canoe constitutes 1 (one)

Northwest Paddle Festival

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The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest bringing paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together in one location! Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, paddling

Paper Charts Are Not Gone Yet!

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On October 21st, NOAA Announced an end to traditional paper charts. What does this mean for the kayaking community? Paper charts are one of the essential tools for marine navigation. NOAA has been printing paper charts for mariners for


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