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

Blake Island (8 NM)

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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.

  • SKILL LEVEL:Beginner SkillsIntermediate SkillsAdvanced Skills

    sk rating: SK II+

    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.


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