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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Raft Up 2014

Come to Vashon Island, Washington, to break the world’s record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in one place on Sunday, August 17th, 2014!

Surf Clinics

August 23rd & 24th 2014, plus more. . .The surf zone is an amazing environment for developing many kayaking skills at once and it can be a fun place to learn!  Improve bracing, balance and edging skills and progress in stroke proficiency. 

BCU Week

2014 West Coast BCU week hosted by Alder Creek Canoe & Kayak will be held Sept 27- Oct 9th on the Northern Oregon Coast. You can get Coaching courses, Canoe, Surf and Whitewater training this year plus 5 STAR SEA TRAINING!


Featured Video

May 10th & 11th 2014. Four of us headed up to Skooks including a Skooks Virgin. The weather was amazing the wave was FANTASTIC!

Recreation Survey

Available From May to September 2014. If you value your coastal recreation and want to ensure long-term protection, taking the survey is your opportunity to participate.

Hobuck Hoedown

Located at beautiful Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay, Washington, the Hobuck Hoedown features phenomenal surfers from across the world. October 4th-5th, 2014

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.