Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club Membership

Outrigger Canoe Paddling is a way of life. It interweaves its way into your life and provides a way to keep mentally healthy, and in shape physically. Our modern lifestyles can get busy, so participating in a sport that is both spiritually uplifting and mentally challenging can do wonders for your soul. Consider a Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club membership as your ticket to a healthy lifestyle. Plus, we are very dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture. Think of us your connection to Hawaii right here in Washington!

Practices Times

  • Monday: practice begins at 5:45 pm and runs for approximately 2 hours.
  • Wednesday: practice begins at 5:45 pm and runs for approximately 2 hours.
  • Thursday Novices (Spring & Summer): Novices paddlers are welcome, but please contact us ahead of time at so we know to expect you.
  • Saturday: practice begins at 8:45 am and runs between 2 and 3 hours. Be aware that on race Saturdays, there may not be a practice. 

The workouts run for 2 to 2.5 hours and occasionally longer on some Saturday mornings for competitive crews.


We are located at Waterway 18, at 2300 N. Northlake Way, on Seattle’s Lake Union, about 1/4 mile northeast of Gasworks Park.

PFDs are mandatory through the late spring when the water warms up. We have a small selection of loaner PFDs if you are new to paddling or are visiting.


Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club welcomes all paddlers, recreational as well as competitive, and those interested in competing will find strong crews. For information on competitive racing with SOCC, see our Competitive Racing page.

Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club membership fees for 2019:

We offer an option of a trial period of 4 practices or one month, whichever comes first. After this, we ask that you become a member if you want to continue to practice with us.

Please note: Winter paddling fees are included with an annual membership.
NEW – You can now pay your membership online at

  • Individual
    • $200 – If paid by January 31 (good for 1 year)
      If you prefer to pay in installments, we require $100 by January 31, and the remainder by March 31.
    • $225 – If paid after January 31
  • Family– (maximum of 2 adults living in the same household, plus dependents 21 or younger)
    • $350 – If paid by January 31 (good for 1 year)
      If you prefer to pay in installments, we require $150 by January 31, and the remainder by March 31.
    • $375 – If paid after January 31
  • Full-time student$100 plus Paddlesport insurance.
  • Youth (18 and below) – $20 plus Paddlesport insurance.
  • OC1/OC2 use$50 (in addition to above membership).
  • Winter-only Membership$50

In order to speed the process, you can get a start on the necessary paperwork by printing, reading and signing the following documents and then giving them to a coach or the club secretary when you come to your first practice (if you want to try out paddling a few times before deciding about joining the club, you just need to fill out a SOCC waiver and a Paddlesport waiver):


Our paddling season:

The main paddling season starts up in mid-March and runs through the summer and until the end of October.

In mid-April, the OC-6 summer races start. SOCC sponsors our own race, Da Grind, in late July/early August at Alki Beach. Most of the long-distance races are between 6 and 12 miles, with a 26-mile change-out race on Lake Washington in late August. The sprint season runs from May through July, with roughly 5 different weekends of sprints (500 to 1500 meters) in the Seattle and Portland areas. More info is available on the PNWORCA website at

Some Useful Links:

  • For paddling related equipment go to the Kialoa website:
  • For fall and spring paddling we recommend moisture-wicking clothing and a windbreaker. Warmer clothing is encouraged during the winter (neoprene booties and gloves). REI or any kayak outfitter has appropriate clothes for that purpose. Otherwise, for summer paddling we use the same attire as in Hawaii.
  • Reading material can be hard to come by, though there are some eBooks available via websites like Kanu Culture ( Kanu Culture also had a 10 year series of annual volumes, with the last published around 2005. See their website for back issues, as well as other books.
  • Web sites offer valuable information but can be confusing or contradictory at times, especially if you are new to the sport.
  • At least one magazine, Pacific Paddler, is available:

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