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Seattle Sea Kayak Club (SSKC) is where novices and experts swap stories, share kayaking info, and have fun doing it. SSKC has an informal social atmosphere which fosters opportunities to meet other paddlers. SSKC offers monthly meetings, monthly newsletters, 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.

NOTE: The 2024 Trip List was published on March 16, 2024, and the login and password were changed at the same time. Members who have renewed for 2024 have been sent the new password by email.

Meetings

Meetings cover a variety of topics and frequently include slides, videos, guest speakers, and story exchanges. Meetings are usually at the Mercer Island Community Center on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. January is normally our annual trip-planning party on a Saturday, June is an outdoor potluck, and July and August have no meetings because we're all gone paddling. Please feel free to bring guests.

The next meeting will be an in-person presentation, Trip Planning, by Norm Nielsen on May 28, 2024. See the newsletter for details.

Newsletter

Current Newsletter (May 2024)

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

SSKC offers trips that range from short evening paddles to long weekends, week-long trips, and often an international trip. 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 in January for all members. 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 trip planning party from other, more experienced members. The annual trip schedule is usually issued in late February. We also include excerpts of upcoming trips in each newsletter. We keep the schedule up to date on the website (for members only) with additions and corrections.

Membership

Membership dues for joining the Seattle Sea Kayak Club and becoming part of this enthusiastic and creative organization of kayakers are only $20 per year - single, couple, or family. You may join at the club meeting or by mailing in an application form. If you join after October 1, pay $20 and get membership for the remainder of the year plus the coming year.

Facebook Group

SSKC members are invited to join our Facebook Group. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1751604661741131. Click the "Join Group" button. Answer the question to confirm that you are a member. You will receive an email when your membership is confirmed. Questions? Contact Facebook Group administrator Ann Kruse at admin@seattlekayak.org.