Get Involved

Looking to volunteer?

Join the fun and volunteer at the Northwest Paddling Festival, it’s a great chance to meet other paddlers and help introduce new folks to the great sport of paddling. No, you don’t need paddling experience to volunteer. Volunteer positions include helping with the race, event and tour registration, greeter, etc. Besides the great fun, you’ll get a free wrist band to try out the assortment of paddling equipment on hand when you’re not working.

We’ve had some great Meetup Group folks, club members and friends volunteer in the past and hope to meet more of you!

Volunteer Sign-up – Click HERE

We need Safety Boaters!

The Northwest Paddling Festival is looking for volunteer safety boaters – experienced sea kayakers, SUPers, canoeists. The Festival is scheduled for Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, at Lake Sammamish State Park. If you would like more information about what it means to be a Northwest Paddling Festival Safety Boater or want to sign up, contact:

Coordinator John LaMunyon –, 425-922-0241.

Flat Water Rescue Rodeo

While the rescue practice session is specifically tailored for those who will be serving as safety boaters for the Northwest Paddling Festival, everyone who wants to improve their on-water rescue skills is welcome. We will focus on safe, quick rescues and towing swimmers, kayaks and SUP’s.

Location: Lake Sammamish State Park -Sunset Beach
2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah, WA 98027

Cost: Free

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Assembly time: 9:30 am

Coffee & caramel rolls provided!

Start time: 10:00 am (we are dressed and ready to go)

End time: 2:00 pm  

Requirements: Dress for cold water emersion, boat, paddle, PFD, paddle float, tow belt, short tow, first aid kit (if you have one), extra warm clothing, food and water. Helmets are mandatory for this practice session only. Kayak Academy has loaner helmets, please let Bill know your approximate hat size.D

Contact: Bill Porter –

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