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Kayaking event planned for kids

Wahkiakum County youth are invited to a free kayaking event on Wednesday, August 2, to have some fun on the water and learn the basics of water safety, kayaking techniques, and how to file a float plan.

“We want to provide some safety education for the youth of Wahkiakum County and the surrounding areas in response to some of the tragedies we’ve suffered in the last few years,” Wahkiakum County Deputy Lucas Getman said. “We are doing everything in our power to prevent any further issues like that. I think that starts with educating the youth. That’s why I felt so passionate about this specific program. Not only is it kayaking and basic kayaking techniques, it’s also water safety, and life jacket fitting. Every kid gets to go home with a free life jacket with their name on it.”

Seven law enforcement volunteers and two volunteers from Washington State Parks will instruct on nationally certified curriculum through the American Whitewater association.

Getman eventually hopes to continue the program numerous times throughout the year.

The event is open to kids age 12-17. They must be preregistered, provide a signed waiver, dietary restrictions, and note whether they are over or under 90 pounds by tomorrow, Friday, July 29.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, August 2, in the parking lot of the Elochoman Slough Marina and runs until 3 p.m. Youth will not be allowed to leave early without authorization from a parent or guardian.

Snacks and water will be provided throughout the day.

The event is sponsored by the Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Parks Boating Program, the Elochoman Slough Marina, and Wahkiakum County Public Schools.

For more information or to sign up, contact Deputy Lucas German at 360-795-3242 or at


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