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Weather Conditions 


Live Webcams 

 National Weather Service Forecast    Pacific Northwest Live Webcams
     Webcams on the Olympic Peninsula
 NOAA Marine Forecast    
 Intellicast Precipitation Maps

 ATMOS Weather  
 Beaufort Wind Scale Definitions  

Ferry Schedules 

      Washington State DOT Ferry Schedules
      Alaska Marine Highway System
      BC Ferries

 Water Conditions


Charts and Navigation 

 SEA    Marine Traffic Live Map
 NOAA Tides and Currents    NOAA Nautical Charts (download free .PDFs)
 National Data Buoy Center: Water and Wind Conditions    Washington Water Trails Descriptions and Maps
 DeepZoom NOAA Tides and Currents    USCG Aids to Navigation (ATON)
     U.S. Chart No. 1
 RIVER    Skills for Paddling: Navigation
   Washington State Coastal Atlas
   WA Kayak Launches: Google Map
 Professor Paddle NW River Levels    

 Trip Classifications

 Sea Kayak Trip Classifications (SK I - V)
 International Scale of River Difficulty (Class I - VI)

 Warnings and Closures


Boat Launches 

 WKC River Hazards Forum    Washington State Park Boat Launch Sites
 MF Road closure and improvement info    Washington Water Trails Association Launch Sites




Education and Certification 

 ACA Top 10 Safety Tips    Paddlesports North America (formerly BCU)
 American Whitewater Safety Code    Paddlesports North America Certification Calendar
 USCG Radio Information for Boaters    ACA Assessment Courses
 USCG Guidance for Distress Messages    ACA Certification Calendar
 Skills for Paddling: First Aid    




 Skills for Paddling: Wet Exit    Coast and Kayak Magazine
 Skills for Paddling: Capsize Recovery    Sea Kayaker Magazine
 The Hand of God Rescue    Paddling Life
 Low Brace Kayak Stroke    Canoe and Kayak
 Leg Hook Re-entry After a Capsize    Rapid Whitewater Kayak Magazine
 Self Rescue: Swimming    Adventure Kayak Magazine

 Kayaking Organizations


Camping Tips 

 Paddling Clubs and Associations    Skills for Paddling: Camp Cooking and Recipies
 Paddlesports North America (formerly BCU)    Skills for Paddling: Camping/Survival
 American Canoe Association (ACA)    Camping Recipes
 Body Boat Blade  Orcas Island    
 Cascade Paddle Sports Redmond    
 Kayak Academy Issaquah
 Leavenworth Mountain Sports Leavenworth
 Olympic Raft and Kayak, Port Angeles    
 Outdoor Adventure Center, Index  


 American Rivers    
 American Whitewater    
 National Organization for Rivers    
 Orca Network    
 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife  
 Washington Water Trails Association    

WKC Sea Kayaking Downloads

WKC Whitewater Kayaking Downloads 

 ACA Best Practices    
 ACA Risk Management    
 Body Boat Blade Risk Assessment    
 Essential Gear List    
 Trip Classifications    
 WKC Trip Planning and Executing    
 WKC Must Do Sea Kayaking Trips    


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President: Dave Ortland,
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety,

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