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March 2019  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
If you haven't looked at the Events Calendar lately, it's worth a moment of your time.  Thanks to our January Trip Planning Parties, we are in the process of adding a monumental number of new trips in 2019 - Whitewater is reporting 109 - and Sea Kayaking is close to 50, with more to come.

With so many new trips available, WKC is actively recruiting new (or old) trip leaders. Please contact Todd Benevedes to explore this very rewarding contribution. Depending on your experience and comfort level, we can help you organize anything from a Rubber Ducky trip to a multi night expedition. March has a great line up and we need more trips to fill out the rest of the year. It's a lot of fun to lead a trip and it will challenge you in new ways

Don't miss the forth in our WKC Speaker Series: Bill Brakin shares knowledge gleaned from kayaking the Inside Passage over 32 years and 2,000 miles of trips - April 17.
See you on the water!

 Featured Trip

Whale Investigation -Tulalip To Langley for Lunch and Back: April 6


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:

 Intro to Greenland Paddling Clinic: March 31

This course is for experienced kayakers who are thinking about switching to a Greenland paddle (GP). Bring your own Greeland paddle - or loaner paddles are available. This is a broad survey of technique, and not expected to reach perfection in any particular skill. We will cover paddle selection, bracing, forward strokes, maneuvering, rescues and stupid kayak tricks. This is not a course for beginners. You should know basic safety, maneuvering and forward strokes.

Register Here

 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

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.

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 WKC Coastal Kayaking Clinic: August 8 - 11

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.

Check Back Soon to Register

News and Events

 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, 2019, 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


 2019 World Tour Paddling Film Festival

For 14 years, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Don't miss the 2019 film selection - experience this year's best paddling films. You'll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. Friends, family, and like-minded paddlers are welcome. Hope to see you there!

2019 Film Selection
Upcoming Venues

March 15: Venue: University of the Fraser Valley | City: Abbotsford, BC, Canada

March 20: Venue: The Roxy Theatre | City: Victoria, BC, Canada

March 21: Venue: VIU Theatre Building 310 | City: Nanaimo, BC, Canada

March 29: Venue: Langara College Theatre | City: Vancouver, BC, Canada

April 5: Venue: Bellingham Technical College | City: Bellingham, WA, United States

Get Tickets

Join Susan Conrad and Plan Your Inside Passage Kayaking Expedition: April 6-7 

Stop thinking about that grand seafaring adventure and start preparing for it! Learn how to plan and execute a human-powered expedition. Although specific to sea kayaking the Inside Passage, the principles of adventure planning will apply to any destination, conveyance, or time frame. This is a two-part, 12-hour class, meeting for two consecutive days in Bellingham, Washington.

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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 

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!

Questions? 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:
Feb 17: Guemes Island

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:
Feb 23 - Nisqually - McKenna to Yelm

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.

 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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