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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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WWTA Dinner & Auction

Through April 16th WWTA is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items through their Online Auction. You can also attend their Annual Dinner & Silent Auction on April 18th in Seattle. 

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!


Film & Kayak Festival

April 18th & 19th, a world class event with that small town charm. Highlighting and promoting ALL categories of paddling, from sea and lake to river and surf. 

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Deception Pass is famous for its swift waters, whirlpools, boils and sheer beauty. Every once in a while the right conditions set up to transform it into a playfield of steep and tall waves that propel you fast enough to lift your stomach into your throat!


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!


Learn 2 Paddle

The WKC is putting on a Basic Sea Kayak Course June 5th-7th 2015 at Coronet Bay, in Deception Pass State Park. The course will provide a safe and fun introduction to the sport of sea kayaking.

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.

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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.