Welcome to "Northwest Paddling", your online resource for paddling in the Pacific Northwest.

My name is Jason Learned and I am a BCU 4 Star Leader and an ACA L4 Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor.

Here you will find a network of information relating to safety, skills, camping, equipment, and local events.

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It's Pool Time

Many organizations in the area offer the opportunity to bring your kayak indoors to ply the chlorinated waters of your local pools to practice your skills.

Hobuck Hoedown

Coming October 2015. The Hoedown is 2-day Surf Kayaking Festival at beautiful Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay, WA. Surfing, Camping, Cabins, Good food and Good Vibes!

Storm Gathering

March 6-8 2015, a paddling symposium on the west coast is being organized by Mark Tozer and Helen Wilson of Greenland or Bust.

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This is a small overfall in the south sound that sets up when you a flood greater than 2kts and opposing SW winds!


2015 Coastal Cleanup

April 25, 2015 Washington CoastSavers will be cleaning many of your favorite beaches for the Washington Coast Cleanup. See this map to find a beach you and your friends may want to clean!

Lumpy Waters

Lumpy is a three day (Oct 10th-12th 2014) celebration of sea kayaking with coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level sea paddlers looking to improve their skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast.

Local Repairs

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  • Blake Island State Park is a 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat. Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing are offered at Tillicum Village, a seasonal concession on the island.

    The camp ground has 44 standard sites, two primitive sites, three WWTA sites, one marine dump station, four restrooms (one ADA) and one shower area.

    Three Cascadia Marine Trail sites are located on the west end of the island. These sites are for use by canoers and kayakers only. The primitive sites are available on the south side. All campsites are first come, first served.

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    The crossing from Alki is long and conditions can change rapidly. Current is not much of a factor but wind is and so are large commercial shipping traffic. Monitor your VHF-FM radio on Channel 14 for Commercial Traffic Transiting the area. The big container vessels travel at 18-20kts as they pass, they are much faster than they look. They also have a blind spot than can extend a couple thousand feet from the bow, always wait for them to pass and pass behind them.

    The crossing from Manchester is fairly well sheltered but does have light to moderate currents during max flows, try and plan your crossing at or near slack water.