SUP Adventure Tour on Blake Island
Learn SUP Adventure touring skills in this two and a half day trip as we paddle to Blake Island State Park. A marine State Park, Blake Island is on Puget Sound a few miles west of Seattle and is tucked between Bainbridge and Vashon Islands, Only a few miles from Seattle, you’ll feel you’re much further away! Access to Blake is easy for all skill levels as there’s short and long routes to the island.
The mostly forested island has a walking trail surrounding the island and you can circumnavigate the island via beach if the tide allows. We can also explore the island via water. The only development on Blake is the Salish style longhouse of Tillicum Village which provides a salmon dinner and traditional Salish dances. To participate, your tour would have to be aligned with their dinner schedule. Read more about Blake Island.
2 Hour Prep Class – Learn which gear to bring on a trip, how to pack and outfit your board, as well as marine navigation, safety and on-water communication. The session can also be on-water skills development to prepare for your trip.
Day 1 – We’ll pick a route that fits the skill level for you or your group. On-water we’ll discuss hands-on navigation, boating right of way and how to read weather and the water to make the best paddling decisions. We’ll also cover skills for open water paddling. Once on the island, we’ll set up camp, relax and/or explore the mostly forested island and it’s empty beaches. Enjoy views of Mt Rainier and distant downtown Seattle.
Day 2 – After breakfast, we’ll determine if we have time for a morning beach walk then check our tides and weather, pack up and paddle back to our put-in.
Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate
You have taken our SUP Basics 2 class and/or have proven experience standing in bumps from boat wakes and/or wind. You can paddle mostly straight for 1 mile, can fall and get back on easily in conditions. You can paddle up wind, in side-winds and can paddle over small waves standing. Your Half Day class can include paddling techniques. Questions on your skills? Let’s chat.
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