San Juan Islands 5 Day Kayak Expedition Training 

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San Juan 5 Day kayak Expedition

Paddle around the San Juan Islands for 5 days enjoying great camping and rewarding learning experiences.


Per person: $799

Previous experience requiredPlease see Prerequisites below.


PADDLING GEAR - You may RENT or BRING YOUR OWN APPROVED BOAT AND EQUIPMENT
 

Learn to expedition paddle.  Experience the beautiful San Juan Islands while paddling for 5 days by single kayak. Learn how to use tides and currents and navigate from camp to camp while paddling 5 to 15 miles per day.  On the San Juan 5 day kayak expedition you are challenged to rise to a new level of kayaking expertise.  Navigation, efficient boat packing, group management, boat control, paddle technique, personal meal planning & preparation and practicing rescues are all part of the itinerary.  If you are ready to take your sea kayaking to an exciting new level there is no better way than by participating in this 5 day expedition full of leadership training and paddling experiences.  (Get special pricing on gear rentals: $100/boat, $50/immersion wear!)

 

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Outline:  San Juan 5 Day Kayak Expedition

 

  • Explore the area around San Juan island traveling by single kayak
  • Distance touring of 8- 15 miles between camps depending on tides and currents
  • Develop the tools needed to plan & complete a multi-day journey of your own
  • Experience boat packing, food planning & preparation, navigation training, group safety, paddling in wind and waves, paddle technique and rescue skills. 

 

 

Alder Creek  provides dry bags for your personal gear and group gear for camp. We can also provide all boats, paddles, PFD’s.  If you have any questions about what to bring please contact us. Alder Creek has a full line of paddling equipment and accessories. We would be happy to assist you in getting outfitted for your trip. Please remember to keep your personal gear to a minimum, but keep your comfort in mind.


SPECIAL NOTE: We have chosen not to provide alcohol on our trips. If you would like to bring your own please feel free to do so, we will help with the storage and transportation. Aluminum, plastic and foil bags are easier to store than glass. We do not have alcohol on youth only trips.

Meeting Place/Directions: The San Juan 5 Day kayak expedition meets at Jackson Beach on San Juan Island just south of the Ferry terminal. You will receive detailed instructions and a map with your confirmation packet.

 


 

San Juan Island - San Juan Island, Washington, USA

Learn to expedition paddle.  Experience the beautiful San Juan Islands while paddling for 5 days by single kayak. Learn how to use tides and currents and navigate from camp to camp while paddling 5 to 15 miles per day.  On the San Juan 5 day kayak expedition you are challenged to rise to a new level of kayaking expertise.  Navigation, efficient boat packing, group management, boat control, paddle technique, personal meal planning & preparation and practicing rescues are all part of the itinerary.  If you are ready to take your sea kayaking to an exciting new level there is no better way than by participating in this 5 day expedition full of leadership training and paddling experiences.

 

We will return to Friday Harbor in time to travel back home on Sunday night

GEAR LIST: San Juan 5 Day Kayak Expedition
 

FOR THE WATER:

-Tennis shoes or wetsuit booties

-Kayak, pfd, skirt, paddle

-wet suit with paddle jacket or drysuit
-water bottle ( 1 quart )
-Sun cream (spf 15), chapstick
-Sun hat or visor
-1 pair nylon shorts or swim suit
-Security strap for eye glasses
-windbreaker and synthetic pile sweater

FOR CAMP:

-Compact sleeping bag

-Inflatable air  pad
-Tent  - small backpack style
-Swimsuit
-1 pair walking shorts
-2 cotton T shirts
-Synthetic pile pants and jacket
-Rain coat and pants
-2 pair underwear
-Towel (small)
-Toilet kit
-Long sleeve shirt
-Sunglasses w/strap (chums or croakies)
-Insect repellent
-Flashlight w/spare bulb and batteries
-Spare eye glasses or contacts
-Shoes and socks

-small drybags to store personal gear

OPTIONAL GEAR:

-Camera w/film, batteries, and dry storage
-Book
-Writing tablet and pen
-Fishing gear and license
-Crazy creek style chair (small)
-Musical instruments (check w/us to make sure it is appropriate)
-Binoculars

Alder Creek provides dry bags for your personal gear and group gear for camp. We can also provide all boats, paddles, PFD’s. If you have any questions about what to bring please contact us. Alder Creek has a full line of paddling equipment and accessories. We would be happy to assist you in getting outfitted for your trip. Please remember to keep your personal gear to a minimum, but keep your comfort in mind.

Gratuity:  It's NEVER expected but always appreciated.  If you feel your guides have done an exceptional job and made your experience a memorable one, then you can certainly show your appreciation by giving a tip. The amount is totally up to you. Many people believe that anyone in a service type of job (like restaurant and hotel employees, hair dressers and dog groomers, etc.) should get between 10-20% of the total cost of the service. That is not to say that’s what we suggest, but that’s what most people tip when they do tip. So, for instance, if your trip was $200.00, and your guide made your experience a memorable one, a $20-$40 tip would be generous and greatly appreciated! If your guide was so exceptional that you want him or her to be your guide on all future trips, simply request them at the time you make your reservation.  While we cannot promise he/she will be available, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your request.

You will need to provide your own sleeping kit including tent, sleeping bag, and pad. PLEASE be sure they are very small and compact. Backpacking style gear is ideal.

SPECIAL NOTE: We have chosen not to provide alcohol on our trips. If you would like to bring your own please feel free to do so, we will help with the storage and transportation. Aluminum, plastic and foil bags are easier to store than glass. We do not have alcohol on youth only trips.

For this expedition to be successful for all participants, we require a minimum of previous experience and comfort in the following conditions:

  • Alder Creek's Full Immersion Sea Kayak II or equivalent training
  • Ability to paddle a loaded boat 15 nm
  • Boat control in at least Force 3 winds
  • Proficiency as rescuer and swimmer with heel hook assisted re-entries

If you have questions about prerequisite skills, call the shop at 503-285-0464 or email programs@aldercreek.com!

The Pacific Northwest is a dynamic and often unpredictable environment. All activities are run/fun rain or shine. All programs are conditions dependent and may change at any time at our discretion. In order to keep our programs affordable a minumum number of participants may be required. If we are unable to fill a program to a minimum requirement level we reserve the right to cancel the program. A full refund will be provided in the event of a cancelled or re-scheduled activity upon request. Please allow at least 48 hour notice for any cancellations or changes in your reservation. For multi-day trips we prefer to have a 7 day notice. Just give us a call at 503-285-0464. Cancellations within 48 hours of the program are NOT refundable.