Flotation in each end of the boat either bulk headed hatches with covers or float bags.
No cracked hatch covers missing covers or unsafe hatch systems. Boat must be able to float in case of capsize.
Carry handles on each end of the boat.
Bow and Stern lines - 12 foot long, nylon cord OK.
Recreational kayaks are not recommended.
Open Boats 12 feet and under can encounter significant wind and wave conditions. Closed cockpit boats with skirt are recommended.
All the * items below.
____* Life Jacket(Must wear at all times on the water)
____* Paddle/Oar (light as possible)
____* Spray Skirt (required for all sit-in boats)
____* Bilge Pump(required for all sit-in boats)
____* Paddle Float (required for all sit-in boats)
____*Whistle(required by Coast Guard)
____* Bow Tow Line (12 feet)
____* Stern Tow Line (12 feet)
water bottles (or equal hydration pack)
____Waterproof cases (cell phone, GPS,VHF, iPod, etc.)
____*Cell Phone for emergency(at least 1 per group)
____Dry Bags size 5 and 10 for clothes and gear
____Chart Case or large zip lock for days chart
____Wind jacket or paddling jacket
____Wind pants or paddling pants
____Dry suit or wetsuit (optional)
____Tennis shoes, sandals or water shoe, NO flip-flops.
____Paddling Gloves and/or Poggies
____Sunglasses with strap
____Camera(you will want to have one of these)
____* Personal identification(required by Coast Guard)
____Cash or Bank Card for waterfront stores
____Personal Snacks and Drinks
____Small Tent and overnight gear.
Tents, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Pads, Headlamps, Lanterns, and Drybags are available to rent through outfittr.com. outfittr.com is offering reduced rental prices to promote Paddle Kitsap.
Call 888-405-9723 to rent a gear package like the following:
GoPro HD Video camera, reg $42 now $35 for the weekend.
Paddle Kitsap Paddlers Handbook
Paddle Kitsap Prides itself on providing a fully supported Paddle. Our goal is to help you finish the days Paddle. To that end, our course is complete with the following services and amenities.
Course support services are available only during the course hours. All Paddle Kitsap Paddlers must be off the course by 5:00 p.m. - no exceptions. Any paddler(s) still on the course after 5:00 p.m. will be given a escort to camp.
Lunch is provided on the course each day , usually near the halfway point. Lunch sites will be complete with food, beverages, restrooms, water.
At least one, usually two, rest stops will be available along the route each day to provide water, beverages and nutritious and delicious snacks. Rest Stop signs alert Paddlers when one is just ahead. You can also see the location of each Rest Stop on the maps that will be inside the Paddler packet you will receive at check-in.
There will be SAG van on the course each day. They are available to transport paddlers as needed due to problems or medical injuries and are occasionally available to transport paddlers down a section so that paddlers are able to finish the days Paddle. They also have extra water and snacks, if needed. If you do get into a SAG van, you may not be transported directly to the days end point. The SAG vans usually wait to go to until they are full.
There will be a SAG van available each morning to transport paddlers from site to site if paddlers are not feeling well, are injured or need a break from paddling. Go to Paddler Services before 8 a.m. to sign up for this shuttle option.
Volunteer boats patrol the Paddle Kitsap course each day. They are a great source of information and assistance and enhance the overall safety of the Paddle.
Contact Paddler Services
With registration you are entitled to one tent site at Paddlers Tent City.
Your overnight accommodations, if you are not using the tent city are your responsibility.
There are many B&B's, motels, and hotels in the area that you can stay. Check with these sites to see if they will provide transportation to and from our event.
The best source for overnight accommodations is to check the Kitsap visitor and convention web site. They have a complete list of camping, B&B's, motels and hotels as well as Suquamish Clearwater Casino.
Paddle Kitsap Paddlers Handbook
Paddle Kitsap is for all levels of paddlers. You do not have to be an expert to paddle this course. It is fully supported so you can paddle a little or all of it depending on your ability and how you are feeling. Most of the course does not leave the shoreline and the open water crossings are short in duration. What is for sure is that there will be excellent scenery, glimpses of wildlife, and great friendships.