A paddling club for UW


Club sea kayak outings are generally scheduled in advance during Fall, Spring and Summer quarters. A mix of day trips, weekend outings, and longer trips have typically been organized to various locations. An class is held to aspiring trip leaders from time to time, please contact the sea kayak tzar if you are interested (apgrass at uw.edu).

You can learn about scheduled trips mainly through email using the UKC listserv, or by visiting the calendar page. If you have a trip you’d like to do, contact one of the sea kayak trip leaders (see the current list below) or the SK tzar.  There is a wealth of information about the club’s sea kayaking requirements, customs, and expectations in the sea kayaking bylaws.

Be sure to contact the listed trip coordinator(s) to reserve a space on any of the scheduled trips and to refer to the UKC Sea Kayak Trip Rating Scale for descriptions of the rating system used in the trip descriptions. You are responsible for understanding or finding out about trip ratings, and for evaluating your own ability to participate in a trip. Participation in a rescue session is required for any trip off the lake, and encouraged even for paddlers who don’t venture off the lake.  For SK-I and SK-II trips, every effort is made to accommodate as many new paddlers as possible. For SK-III trips and above, trip coordinators will weigh participation in the sea kayak class or other equivalent experience, rescue practices, pool/lake sessions, and assistance at work parties.

For The Amazing Self-Rescue with Tim Wright click here!

Please feel free to contact our SK Trip Leaders, if you want to get a trip going out!  Learn about trip rating levels here!

current sk trip leaders

Current SK trip leaders

If you want to become a trip leader, here’s how!

And if you are looking for something to read about sea kayaking (for example, this winter), check out the reading list!