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.
September 29, 2015 - Raja Ampat: Kayaking in Indonesia's Island Paradise
Imagine paddling in Raja Ampat, a spectacular island paradise with 1500 limestone islands to explore, some of which have vast subterranean caves, full of incredible stalactites and stalagmites. Since only subsistence fishing by local villagers is allowed in the area, the ecosystem is largely undisturbed, sheltering one of the world's highest concentrations of marine biodiversity.
Our speaker is Matt Edwards, known to many of our members as the senior guide on our trip to Fiji last year. In this talk, he will not only share information about Raja Ampat, but also tell us about his kayaking adventures in Antarctica and elsewhere.
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).
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.
The kayak club offers trips which range from short evening paddles to long weekends and week-long trips. The 2015 trip schedule has 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; the next will be some time in January, 2016. 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.