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Safety Training

Safe paddling is a core value of Washington Kayak Club and as a part of our safety program we strive to offer annual CPR/First Aid training to our members. In 2024, WKC teamed with two providers, Cascade Training, and the YMCA, and trained 35 members. While our next CPR/First Aid training won’t be until 2025, keep an eye on the calendar for fun events like our Rescue Rodeos and Quarterly Safety Sessions!

If you are CPR/First aid certified with the American Red Cross, you may obtain a copy of your certificate here: American Red Cross certificates

If you are CPR/First aid certified with the American Heart Association, try logging in here. WKC has not been able to verify the steps to obtain your certificate: American Heart Assoc log-in screen 

Winter and spring cold water safety tips


To help stay warm and to combat hypothermia on the river:


  • Stay hydrated. Water is as important in the cold as it is in the heat.
  • Carry and drink a warm beverage. You can use it to warm cold fingers; yours or someone else’s.
  • Carry and eat nutritional snacks.
  • Wear a skull cap.
  • Consider pogies.
  • Service your drysuit.
  • Only wear wool or technical performance fabrics. Do not wear cotton or cotton blend fabrics during water events.
  • Dress for a swim. In the case of a true emergency, use your extra layers to help warm the victim.

Safe, Happy Paddling in 2024!

WKC Swiftwater Rescue Course

Washington Kayak Club will once again offer river rescue training Spring 2024. One day classes are currently being planned for May 11 and May 12. Registration will open Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. Class size is currently limited to 12. Minimum class size is 6.

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