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May 2019  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
Welcome to spring kayakers. And thanks for a healthy and busy Q1 for Washington Kayak Club.

We had 595 paddlers enjoying 73 paddle opportunities across the club as a whole, an amazing number compared to previous years, especially when you consider what a winter we had.
Way to get out and to encourage others to join you. That’s what we love to see.

April has a ton of great events for you too across the spectrum of kayak fun.

The whitewater class completed and the amazing volunteers in our organization have put 23 rubber ducky (aka 2/2+) trips up on the calendar for those newbs to ensure they stay in their boat and get themselves integrated to the community and the sport. See below for a truncated calendar showing all those opportunities. If you want to come out and meet our new friends, or if you have some rust on your stern that needs cleaning yourself,  

April Calendar


Sea kayakers also have some paddling opportunities coming up, including;

Dash Point on Sat the 15th. Open water crossing to Vashon Island with exploration of the semi wild southern coast of Maury Island.

The following Sat has a day trip to Blake Island. This is a great crossing to a fantastic state park right over there. We've had a few adventures on this one...

Don't miss Leg 3 of the H2O Project - 26 miles from Point Defiance to Point Jefferson!

Sign-up early for Basic Sea Kayaking - Rhonda is looking for volunteers!

Have you played kayak polo yet? So fun! And the Alder Cup is this month. Join Chris for this opportunity. Alder Cup Kayak Polo Clinic And Tournament

If your passion is in conservation, April has your opportunities too to celebrate Earth Day.
Lake Kaposwin Cleanup on 4/13
Nisqually River Clean up mostly flat water section on 4/20
Nisqually River Clean up run with rapids, also 4/20 and in conjunction with above

River Safety and Rescue Class is April 13th & 14th I’ve taken it myself and loved it.

The Speaker Series this month features Bill Brackin – 32 years as an Inside Passage Expedition Paddler, learning opportunity right there.
And volunteers are still needed for the Northwest Paddling Festival on May 10 - 11. 

I hope to see you at these events this month, enjoy your waters!

 Featured Trip

Volunteers Needed for Nisqually River Clean-Up: April 20

Please join us on Saturday, April 20, 2019 for this year’s cleanup of the Nisqually River. Invite your family and friends to this stewardship event and join us afterwards for a BBQ at McKenna Park.  

As was done last year, WRRR, WKC and PTCC are co-sponsoring this Event with support from the Nisqually River Council and other partners. 

We ask that all volunteers, regardless of club affiliation, register in advance through by CLICKING HERE.  This helps us plan the Event and communicate with volunteers if needed. All the details you need to know can be found there.
Please also register on the WKC website so we can account for volunteers at each location:

McKenna to Yelm (II/III) 

Yelm Hydroplant to HDFW


WKC Pool Sessions: Shoreline, Tacoma, Tukwila

Continue to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered by WKC in Tukwila, Shoreline, and Tacoma.
The fee for weekly pool sessions is $10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members.

 **Please use the ONLINE 
REGISTRATION to sign-up and pay.**

Check the Events Calendar for upcoming dates:

If you have any questions about pool sessions:

 River Safety and Rescue with Casey Garland: April 13 - 14

Casey Garland will again present a course on river safety, rope utilization and rescue techniques. Team leadership and rescue planning will also be covered to achieve the best results in a rescue effort.

This class is great for a beginning whitewater kayaker or even a kayaker looking to tune up their rescue skills.

2-day class (Sat/Sun); Max 12 participants

4/13 (Sa) 9am - 5pm
4/14 (Su) 9am - 5pm

Lectures will be held at Mike Grijalva's house Saturday morning before heading to the river. River work will likely be on the Cedar River, Landsburg site.

Register Here

 ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification: May 11 - June 2

For almost 40 years, the American Canoe Association (ACA) has been the leader in paddlesports education. The ACA's National Paddlesports Instruction Program is widely considered the "Gold Standard" in the U.S. and abroad. Through the certification process you will learn a specific and proven set of paddlesports best practices.

Deb Volturno is going to be running a ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification:

May 11-13 IDW: Instructor Development Week
May 31 - June 2: ICE (Instructor Certification Exam)

The Club is offering 50% off after satisfactorily completing the IDW/ICE. For the specific rules to be granted this, interested candidates need to contact Rhonda Schwab before sign up:

Register Here

 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Course: June 7-9 

Join us for a weekend of FUN and ADVENTURE as you develop your techniques and skills on the water!

This course will provide beginners with a safe and fun introduction to the sport of sea kayaking. You will develop, refresh, and improve basic skills which are essential to paddling:

- Effective Paddling Skills
- Safety and Hazard Awareness
- Capsize Recovery Techniques
- Navigation, Tides and Currents
- Gear, Equipment and Clothing

Register Here 

 WKC Advanced Sea Kayaking Class: June 27 - 30

Photo credit to Gary Luhm
This class is planned to be a fun, entertaining, and challenging learning experience designed to develop and expand your current Sea Kayaking skills and judgment.

In this class, you will learn efficient paddling and boat handling technique, effective capsize recovery skills and correct bracing techniques, which includes the Eskimo roll. The class is structured so you will have many opportunities to practice your newly developed skills in a positive, supportive environment before we move into more challenging conditions.

Register Here

 WKC Coastal Kayaking Clinic: August 8 - 11

Photo credit to Gary Luhm 
This 4-day Coastal Kayaking Clinic introduces the skills required to experience the beautiful, remote, and challenging waters of Washington State and Vancouver Island’s open coastline. The clinic is at Neah/Makah Bay and is designed to improve sea kayaking skills and confidence, which will lead to increased enjoyment of your sea kayaking experience.

Register Here

News and Events

Congratulations 2019 Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course Graduates!

Congratulations to the newest whitewater paddlers in the State of Washington!  This year's class was another success.  Welcome to the club!  We look forward to seeing you on the water. Thank you to all who volunteered their time to teach others about the sport we love (more details to come....)

Graduates Video

 Shoot the Boot Video

 WKC Speaker Series: Inside Passage, One Trip at a Time - April 17

Please join WKC for the forth presentation in our Speaker Series:

Presenter: Bill Brackin – 32 years as an Inside Passage Expedition Paddler

Wednesday, April 17
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
College Club Seattle
11 E. Allison Street
Seattle, WA   
Explore the Inside Passage between Olympia, Washington and Wrangell, Alaska over 32 years and 2,000 miles of day trips, weekend trips, and 1-3 week expeditions. An overview of the logistics involved, strategies for locating campsites, avoiding bears, picking routes, and more. Some stories of interesting incidents and people along the way. Explore pre-trip worries vs. reality once on the way. An Inside Passage resource list will be provided to those who attend.

Event Details


 West Seattle Boat Swap & Scratch and Dent Sale: April 20

This community event is a great opportunity to buy and sell human powered watercraft (Kayaks, SUPs, Canoes) and accessories! They will also have scratched and dented SUPs and Kayaks from Mountain to Sound and Alki Kayak Tours available at discounted rates.

Saturday, April 20th | 12pm - 6pm

West Seattle American Legion Post 160 (next door to Mountain to Sound Outfitters!)
3618 SW Alaska St., Seattle WA 98126

Event Details

Kayak Polo Players Needed for Alder Cup: April 27-28

Portland Kayak Polo is hosting the Alder Cup in Portland, April 27-28 as part of Alder Creek’s spring demo festival. It’d be great to have a large group come down. This is always a fun event for experienced and new players alike.  Contact Chris Brubaker for details!

Join Weekly Games!
Play kayak polo in the Tukwila Pool. All boaters welcome; you'll need your own boat, PFD, skirt, swimsuit, towel - we have everything else you need.  
All are welcome! Register in advance via WKC Events Calendar.

Contact:Chris Brubaker
Phone 5132388805
What is kayak polo? Here's a good video and description:

Watch Video

More Info 

 Alder Creek Spring Paddle Festival: April 27 - 28

Join Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe for their 27th Annual Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver Lake Park in Washington! This 2-day, FREE event is fun for the whole family! Come try-before-you-buy with over 100 Kayaks, Canoes, and SUPs to paddle!

Event Details

 Wild and Scenic Film Festival: May 4

Join Cascade Forest Conservancy for a night of inspiring stories about nature, adventure and conservation! Proceeds from this event go to the Cascade Forest Conservancy. Your attendance and support make our conservation, education and advocacy programs in the heart of the Cascades possible. They will be screening the “Best of the Fest” — a collection of nine of the best short films from the 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Conservation and outdoor adventure are at the heart of all the films. Before the screening they will hold a reception with beverages and light fare, and some great raffle items! Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if available).

Details & Tickets

Northwest Paddling Festival: May 10 - 11

Come join us for the 9th Annual Northwest Paddling Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. This is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, bringing paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and paddlers together in one location!

Volunteers Needed!
Contact Joan Collins
Boat Show Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Event Details

 WKC San Juan Seven Challenge

We love circumnavigating islands and want to encourage more paddlers to join the fun, so we have launched the San Juan Seven Challenge. 
The seven islands selected for the San Juan Seven challenge are San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Cypress, Guemes, Lummi, and Stuart

You can circumnavigate the islands in any order that you like and can take as much time as you need or want to circumnavigate each island. To qualify for badges you need to circumnavigate the island during a WKC trip that has been announced on the WKC website.

Upcoming WKC Trips:

Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge

WKC Seven Rivers Challenge

WKC members who participate in club trips to the seven designated rivers will receive collective paddle/boat stickers designed by a whitewater kayaker and artist Zeus Rudner.
Challenge yourself to get all seven stickers! When a member completes all seven rivers, he/she will receive a finisher’s sticker. To make it easy to keep track, participants must register for the club trip online.

The designated rivers and in Seven Rivers challenge are: Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish, Wenatchee, and White Salmon

Upcoming WKC Trips:
Nisqually Clean Up - April 20

Check Events Calendar for more dates

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Seven Rivers Challenge program, contact: 
Kanako Iwata-Eng

Looking to Buy/Sell Used Paddling Gear?

Maybe kayaking isn't your sport.Need to sell some gently used gear? Looking to purchase some paddling treasure? Check out the WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers. Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:

Recent Trip Reports

Check out the Trip Reports tab to see more WKC kayaking adventures.

 Team Petty Adventure – Statlu Creek & Chehalis River

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On March 30, 2019, twenty-eight boaters gathered at the Chehalis River Campground in British Columbia. One third of the group was the WKC crew, and the rest were the Vancouver Whitewater Club (VWC), to which I also belong.

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 Wiener Roast 2019

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Despite the low water, the cold weather, or the put-in blockage, a fearless wiener roasters – on 11 hard-shell kayaks, a tandem canoe and a solo canoe - gathered on Saturday, March 2, to run the Skykomish from the Big Eddy to Sultan, Class 2.

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 Thanks for 20 Years!

By Mike Grijalva

Thanks, WKC, for 20 years. I moved to Issaquah and joined WKC more than 20 years ago, and have paddled many days, with about 100 different WKC members. I've enjoyed them all and could not imagine a better bunch of boaters. We are so lucky to have the Middle/middle, the Green and Skykomish in our backyard. I have racked up many days paddling them every year.

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 Team Petty Adventure - Metolius

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Occasionally, people describe a river as a “gem”. For me, no river is more gem-worthy than the Metolius. Its headwater bubbles up from the ground; crystal clear cold water creates a small pool and starts the river. This spring water guarantees enough water for boating even in the dry months of the year.

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 Turn Island

 By Tina Marie

My trip began Thursday evening car camping in Washington Park. The smoke from the BC wildfires created a stunning crimson sunset. Concerned about wildfire smoke I bought everyone a N95 respirator, glad to say it wasn’t needed.

Friday morning we caught the 9:35 am ferry to Lopez Island, stopped off at the Lopez bakery in the village. We continued onto our launch location in Fisherman’s Bay at public beach access located in Lopez village off weeks road.

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Turn and Shaw Island

By Mark Steward

Day 1 we launched from Lopez Island and paddled up the coast to cross to Turn Island. It was one of the most fun crossings I’ve had. There was a lot of confused water and good conversation on the way. Upon landing on Turn, we discovered that Tina’s raccoon fears were real.

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President: Mike Germani
Vice President: Jenefer Monroe
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety

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