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K.E.L.P.

Kayaker Education Leadership Program

Paddling is a quiet and low-impact way to explore the Salish Sea. Even so, kayakers and operators of other human-powered vessels still have the potential to disturb marine wildlife. Unique challenges of limited maneuverability, limited sight distance, and a variety of safety concerns all require special consideration to remain in compliance with laws and to reduce the overall risks of disturbing marine wildlife.

The Kayak Education Leadership Program (KELP) has developed viewing guidelines specifically for paddlers. The Kayaker’s Code of Conduct provides information on responsible kayaking near whales and other wildlife. View the KELP guidelines here.