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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 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.

NOTE: The October meeting WILL NOT BE AT REI; it will be at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. The address is: 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle WA 98103. The start time is still 7:00PM.

October 28, 2014 - Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed!

Have you ever found yourself getting pushed by currents away from your landing site, rather than towards it? Or arrived at your easy launch site, only to find you'll now need to slog a quarter-mile through mud? There are many local areas where tides and currents can strongly affect both trip safety and enjoyment. But planning for them is often baffling. How do you know which way the current is running around a given island? How can you know how fast or strong the current will be at any particular time? What are tides and currents, anyway? What specific tools will you need for planning, and how do you use them?

After a classroom-style lecture, we will break into groups around tables and do a trip planning session. Many of the examples will be from Deception Pass, and the San Juan Islands. While all the needed tools will be available, feel free to bring your own if you have them.

Our presenter is Andree Hurley, an American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor for coastal and whitewater kayaking, and an EMT. Current president of the Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA) Board of Directors, Andree has been leading expeditions, teaching kayaking, and river rafting since 1977.

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 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.