Kayaking in Washington


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  • Seattle Sake Dragonboat Club
    Operated by the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society, a registered non-profit society, Dragon Zone Paddling Club makes it easy for people to experience the ancient art of dragon boating, as well as many other types of paddle sports. In addition to 10- and 20-person dragon boats, the club equips guests with canoes, six-person outriggers, one-person outriggers, and kayaks. For those who are new to dragon boating, Dragon Zone Paddling Club offers four-week classes that introduce basic techniques and get participants used to working as a team. More specialized workshops supplement foundational skills with more advanced instruction, which is especially useful for anyone who decides to join a racing team.
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    100 Lake Washington Blvd
    Seattle, WA US
  • Flow Adventures
    Flow Adventures’ intrepid explorers introduce adventurers of all ages and skill levels to the thrill of navigating Washington's backcountry. Tours take place on the Spokane River, with idle inner tubing on the TJ Meenach stretch and whitewater rafting on the lower Riverside State Park section. Before groups set out, staff conducts briefings to ensure safe expeditions. Though they stress safety, they still take a lighthearted approach to trips.
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    4440 West Downriver Drive
    Spokane, WA US
  • Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers
    An osprey hovers 30 feet in the air over Lake Washington, virtually silent until it spots something beneath the water's surface. Quickly, it folds its wings and plunges into the water, emerging seconds later with a fish ripped firmly between its talons. Nearby, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' founder, Dan Henderson, floats by silently. This slice of the pristine outdoors happens to be his workplace, but none of it would have happened if his mother hadn't forced him to take a canoeing lesson in 1972. Despite his initial reluctance, Mr. Henderson took to the water like a robot to a magnet store. He went on to race whitewater canoes and flat-water Olympic-style canoes, eventually earning four medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Later, Mr. Henderson became a coach and set out to train a new crop of water athletes. To this end, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers serves as the natural continuation of Mr. Henderson's journey: a place to, in his words, "share paddling with the community in a manner that is fun and safe." Under the leadership of expert guides—many of whom learned their trade directly under Dan Henderson's wing—visitors embark on day trips into inlets and bays, paddling in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains or tailgating orca whales. The staff also leads canoe and kayak classes that aim to take novices from beginner to expert. Their efforts have proved fruitful, as three of Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' students have made it to international-level competitions.
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    3519 108th Avenue Southeast,(between Northup Way & 35th Pl)
    Bellevue, WA US
  • Triad River Tours
    Triad River Tours was founded by expedition guides who spent over a decade leading trips on multi-day whitewater expeditions on rivers like the Main Salmon and the Snake River of Hells Canyon. After spending many days working on simultaneously complex and luxurious rafting trips, they came to find beauty in the minimalist approach to rafting. Triad River Tours is a licensed, insured, and permitted outfitter in Washington state, and uses high-quality equipment and skilled guides to ensure guests have the best experience possible. Triad River Tours focuses on the essential practices of great rafting trips, every tour follows meticulous safety protocols, and even before they offer a tour, the team spends up to six months scouting, preparing, and analyzing the specific route to ensure that every variable has been accounted for.
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    336 36th St #191
    Bellingham, WA US
  • Outdoor Adventures
    The Outdoor Adventure Center's wildly experienced guides have led groups off the grid for more than a quarter century, pursuing rugged fun in the scenery and fresh air of mountains, rivers, and coastlines. Explorers at heart, the staff boldly launch kayaks into the ocean around the San Juan Islands and conquer the frothy waters of the scenic Skykomish River, known for its beginner-friendly rapids, migrations of spawning merpeople, pool and drop areas, and breathtaking views of 5,000-foot mountain peaks. Horseback and hiking trips delve into the lush woods, and nature photography excursions pause to celebrate the beauty of the wilderness near Index. The core team of 14 guides takes safety seriously, most with certifications from the American Canoe Association, training in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swiftwater rescue, and life vests tattooed over their chests.
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    15143 NE 90th St
    Redmond, WA US
  • Urban Kayak
    Set on a dock on Percival Landing in downtown Olympia, Urban Kayak gives people the tools to see the picturesque oceanfront city by water. Rent a single-seat or tandem kayak and you can glide past waterfront parks, bridges, and buildings, all while burning calories and toning arm and core muscles. The stand-up paddle boarding works a little differently, though it's somewhat self-explanatory—you stand upright on a surfboard-like craft and paddle, giving you a unique view of the aquatic vegetation underfoot and the bald spots of fish.
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    Percival Landing Park
    Olympia, WA US

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