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March 2019  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
Hope you all made it through Snowpocalypse 2019 and are now looking forward to abundant water levels the snow melt will bring this spring!  

There will be many NEW whitewater kayakers enjoying the spring melt - our Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course filled in 22 hours this year!  Congratulations to these lucky paddlers who will be hitting the rivers this season!  And thank you to all the volunteers who make this course happen each year.

We just posted dates for the WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Course - register early for this fantastic course fills each year, as well!

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.

We are going to put some additional effort this year into beginner friendly (and schedule friendly) trips that are geared to local waters for half day outings. "The Rubber Ducky Series" will begin popping up on the calendar in spring and will be led by experienced trip leaders who are eager to help newcomers get out on the water.  BTW- you don't have to be a beginner to come out and join the fun; all are welcome for these silly, fun and festive trips.  

Don't miss the Second in our Winter Series of Speakers: Rachel Mayer from the SnoKing Marine Mammal Response team will talk about protecting marine mammals on Feb 27.

And join Kanako's Weiner Roast  on March 2 which is organized as a two club event with WKC and Paddle Trails Canoe Club in the spirit of a “something to do in the winter” tradition!

See you on the water!

 Featured Trip

Olympia to Hobuck (H20) : Legs 1 & 2

It all began with the idea of paddling only the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Talking with some paddling friends, we said why not from Seattle, and then someone said why not from Tacoma?  That's when we agreed to do a full Olympia to Hobuck.

This crazy idea consists of several day and overnight paddles to connect the dots. We would like to invite trip leaders to join us and lead as many legs as they want. This trip is 190 nm. And there Is not a time limit to finish it.

Check the Events Calendar for more upcoming legs and register to join the adventure - H2O!
  Leg 1 - Feb 16: Olympia to Nisqually
  Leg 2 - Feb 23: Nisqually to Point Defiance

Contact: Jose Reyes

Register Leg 1

Register Leg 2


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:

 WKC Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course: March 9-31

If you have been wanting to learn how to Whitewater Kayak, this course is for you!  The course is designed for the person with no prior boating experience. You will learn basic paddle and bracing strokes, how to roll a kayak, river hydrology, and safety, all in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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Note: This year's course filled in 22 hours! Check wait-list! 

 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)

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 

News and Events

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

WKC has scheduled a series of speaker presentations. Please join us for the forth evening in this 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


Join WKC & PTCC Wiener Roast 2019 (Whitewater Class 2): March 2

The Wiener Roast is back! This was originally a Paddle Trails Canoe Club’s tradition, “something to do in the winter”. When the previous leader retired from organizing this annual trip, I pick it up as a new 2-club joint event two years ago. Unfortunately, the water was way too low and the air was too cold last year, I had to cancel it, but it will be back this year! We will divide up food and firewood and carry them in our boats, find a nice beach, build a fire and have a great time, rain or shine!

Place: TBD subject to the water levels
Class 2 with possibly an easy Class 2+ rapid or two, like the Upper MF Snoqualmie.

Contact:  Kanako Iwata-Eng

Register Here by Feb 28

 Free Online Viewing of the Kayak Roll for WKC: March 13 - 16

Free online Viewing of The Kayak Roll
by Performance Video/Kent Ford forWKC Members -
Only available March 13th through 16th!

The Beginner Whitewater Course was such a success last year, we're teaming up with Kent Ford and Performance Video again to offer this FREE SHOWING of The Kayak Roll (part I) to not only our students, but to the whole membership!

If you're only going to buy/watch one roll video, this is the one! Kent Ford, Mary & Phil DeRiemer and Dan Crandal take you step-by-step through what you need to learn for an effortless sweep roll.

Details Here

 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 

 Save the Date: Northwest Paddling Festival May 10 - 11

Mark your calendar! 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
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