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Safety Training

Happy 2024 Paddlers!


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 will team with two new providers and the goal is to train 40 or more members.


 The first class will be 1/28/24 with our good paddling friend, Diana Johnson.

CPR/First Aid

Another class will be offered 2/11/2024. The second class will use blended learning (online plus classroom). Discussions will address drowning, wilderness scene safety and critical thinking / problem solving, splinting, and more.

CPR/FA 2/11/24


Winter safety tip


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 swiftwater rescue training Spring 2024. Please check back here for more information and keep your eye on the calendar.

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