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The Seattle Sea Kayak Club is the place where novices and experts swap stories, share kayaking info, and have fun doing it. The club has an informal social atmosphere which fosters opportunities to meet other paddlers. The club offers a regular monthly newsletter, monthly meetings, and trips.

We are not a large club. We don't even have business meetings or elections. We seek to maintain a friendly, personal type of atmosphere where club members can get acquainted easily.

Meetings at Mercer Island Community Center

Meetings cover a variety of topics and frequently include slides, videos, guest speakers, and story exchanges. Meetings are typically at the Mercer Island Community Center on Mercer Island on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. There's no meeting in December. January is our annual trip-planning party on a Saturday evening, June is an outdoor potluck, and July and August we're all gone paddling. Please feel free to bring guests.

November 28, 2017 - Cape Scott: A Trip Leader's Perspective

Tom Unger's April 2016 presentation on "Kayak Expeditioning" was as much about the soft art of putting together a successful expedition as about the hard science of what to pack in your boat. Many of us are still trying to live up to his standard of "enjoy the trip you are on," even when weather, bears, or people don't work out as hoped.

This time Tom will show slides and tell stories about his trip last summer around Cape Scott, the very northwest tip of Vancouver Island. He will also tell us how he vets prospective participants for a serious trip like this, where both technical skills and state of mind are equally important.

Membership

Dues for joining the Seattle Sea Kayak Club and becoming part of this enthusiastic and creative organization of kayakers are only $15 per year - single, couple, or family. You may join at the club meeting or by mailing in an application form.

If you join between October 1 and December 31, pay $18 for a 15-month membership (that is, through the end of the following year).

Newsletter

The newsletter contains a broad variety of information related to sea kayaking, from updates on gear and environmental issues to events around Puget Sound, and reports from club members on trips and kayaking experiences. The newsletter also prints requests for people seeking paddling partners, ads for used boats, etc. We welcome (ok, beg for) contributions from members.

Trips

The kayak club offers trips which range from short evening paddles to long weekends and week-long trips. The 2017 trip schedule has over 50 trips, plus other events of interest to sea kayakers. The trips are open to SSKC members and their guests. The club also assists members in getting paddlers together who want to do longer expeditions.

We have an annual Trip Planning Party for all members; this year's will likely be some time in February, 2018. You need not be an expert kayaker to offer a trip, but you should select a trip that is comfortable for your skill level. You may come prepared with ideas for trips or get advice at the planning party from other, more experienced members. The annual trip schedule is usually issued in late February. We also include excerpts of upcoming trips in each newsletter. We keep the schedule up to date on the website (for members only) with additions and corrections.