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 REI
Meetings cover a variety of topics and frequently include slides, videos, guest speakers, and story exchanges. Meetings are typically at the REI Flagship store in Seattle 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 30, 2014 - The Inside Passage: Sea kayaking from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska
The Inside Passage is to paddlers what the Wonderland Trail is to hikers... or what climbing Denali is to mountaineers.
It's rarely paddled its whole length, from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska. It's fairly unusual to hear about a woman taking on this challenge. It's even rarer for a pair of women to paddle it together!
But Tracy Landboe and Traci Cole ("T2") are as intrepid as they come. They are both longtime kayak racers with the local Sound Rowers Open Water Rowing and Paddling Club. They know how to plan such an adventure, paddle hard, wilderness camp, catch a lot of fish... and have a lot of fun.
(Due to popular demand, this is a special repeat presentation of our program from May 24, 2014. This is the perfect introduction to the adventurous spirit of sea kayaking! Tell your friends!)
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 2014 trip schedule has just over 60 trips and events. 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 was January 25, 2014. 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. Trip schedules usually come out in late February. We mail them with the newsletter, or upon joining the club, and keep the schedule up to date on the website (for members only) with additions and corrections.