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WOW: Women on Water Paddling Series

with: Olympic Outdoor Center

Ready for an outdoor adventure with other fun women? Join the incomparable Spring Courtright for this incredibly fun and fulfilling springtime paddling series by and for women! You can come out for one or all three, no experience is needed. Read more 


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Kayaks must be fully compartmentalized (bulkheads or flotation front & back). Those not renting will also need to bring a life jacket, bilge pump & paddle float.

WOW: Women on Water Paddling Series


Join our fun, professional female kayak instructor, Spring, as we visit local bays and paddle-in restaurants on the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail. We’ll have a lesson or refresher before launching, a guided tour with paddling tips from your Trip Leader and Instructor Spring Courtright, and optional lunch or dinner after each paddle. Price does not include meals. As we paddle, Spring will share paddling tips and tricks along with her love of wildlife and local natural history.

This is a great way to build your paddling confidence, skills and community, whether you’re a beginner or experienced paddler. Skills courses are available the week of each trip if you want to build your confidence before the trips. The guide is also available for private or group lessons.

Not able to make it this time, but still want to have some fun out on the water? Click here for our Summer Calendar!


April 15th - Easter & Earth Day Paddle

Poulsbo to Keyport and back (approx. 5 miles round trip). Starting from our Poulsbo rental dock we'll paddle to the Whiskey Creek Steakhouse for lunch and have an Easter Egg kayak hunt with surprises.

  • 9:30am - Meet up in Poulsbo
  • 10:00am - Hit the Water
  • 3:30pm - Finish the Paddle
Where to Meet:

Downtown Poulsbo: 18743 Front St. NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370


May 13th - Pre-Mothers Day Paddle

Old Town Silverdale to Bremerton (one way, with shuttle, approx. 7 miles). The journey begins from our Silverdale rental facility and we will paddle in beautiful Dyes Inlet through the Port Washington Narrows to the Boat Shed Restaurant, where we'll have lunch before being picked up by our shuttle (if you want to skip lunch you can get picked up from the Boat Shed). The shuttle will take us back to the starting point with our kayaks and equipment.

  • 9:30am - Meet up in Silverdale
  • 10:00am - Hit the water
  • 1:30pm - Finish the Paddle
  • 2-3:30pm - Optional Lunch
Where to Meet:

Old Town Silverdale: 8801 Washington Ave. NW, Silverdale, WA 98383


June 3rd - Dinner in Port Gamble

Port Gamble Bay (approx. 6 miles round trip). We'll launch from our Port Gamble location to visit sea creatures and stop by Spring's favorite secret stream hideaway, then have dinner at the delicious Port Gamble General Store and Cafe.

  • 12:30pm - Meet up in Port Gamble
  • 1:00pm - Hit the water
  • 5:30pm - Finish the Paddle
  • 6-7:30pm - Optional Dinner
Where to Meet:

Port Gamble: 32379 Rainier Ave., Port Gamble, WA 98364

What to Wear:

  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Shoes with warm socks and a heel strap (old tennis shoes and Chaco-type shoes work, neoprene booties are best for cold weather)
  • Weather-appropriate clothes (drysuit is nice for longer trips but clothes are fine: quick dry material—capiline/polypropylene, fleece, Gore-tex)
  • Warm insulation (Not Cotton, fleece or wool is best)
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Fleece and/or waterproof gloves or pogies

What to Bring:

  • Complete change of clothes in a waterproof bag (#10 and #15 drybags are great)
  • If bringing a camera, put in drybag or 2 zip-lock bags
  • A cell phone is great for emergencies if you’re paddling locally, but make sure to have it in a completely waterproof case.
  • A smile and a sense of adventure!

Need to Rent Equipment for the Event?

We have kayaks available to rent for these trips. All rentals include individually fitted personal flotation device and paddle. Kayak rentals include a bilge pump and paddle float. All rental equipment will be delivered to and picked up from the event by us.


Note: Kayaks must be fully compartmentalized (bulkheads or flotation front & back) and seaworthy; no missing hatches or broken parts. Those not renting will also need to bring a life jacket, which must be worn at all times, a whistle, bilge pump & paddle float.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Is previous experience neccessary?
Not at all. These paddles are a great way to build your paddling confidence, skills and community, whether you’re a beginner or experienced paddler.
Is lunch/dinner included?
No, if you would like to join us for the optional lunch or dinner you will need to bring money for the restaurant. We will have smoked salmon and other snacks to enjoy while on the water.

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