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.
February 24, 2015 - Tidal Rapids and Grizzly Bears: The Discovery Islands, BC Ralph Keller of Coast Mountain Expeditions, BC, Canada, will share the adventures of kayaking in the Discovery Islands, located east of Campbell River, Vancouver Island (about halfway up the east side of Vancouver Island). The Discovery Islands (such as Quadra Island, and Cortes Island) offer a protected paddling environment for novice to intermediate kayakers. The islands are sparsely inhabited, and you can camp nearly anywhere. Ralph will offer tips on kayaking in grizzly country. Ralph will introduce us to dozens of marine parks with hiking trails and lakes, fjords with glacier-fed waterfalls, and tidal rapids at Surge Narrows (challenging, great fun, and safe for nearly everyone). Coast Mountain Expeditions offers guided kayaking trips, instruction and lodge accommodations.>
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 had 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 will be January 17, 2015. 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.