Water fun

Ocean fest means having fun on the water! Down on the Foss dock, you can:

  • Try a kayak or rowboat
  • Pull the oars on a real Dragon Boat
  • Paddle in and out of the festival and you’ll get a giveaway!

2018 Water Partners (2019 coming soon)

Whitehall rowWhitehall Rowing

Whitehall Rowing is based in Vancouver, B.C., and promote rowing human powered boats – no engines, no pollution! They’ll have 2 of their double 17 slide seat rowboats to try for a rowing demo, plus 2 Oar Board SUP rowers to try out.


Tacoma Dragon Boat AssociationTacoma Dragon Boat

The Tacoma Dragon Boat Association brings together people from diverse backgrounds around greater Tacoma to paddle a human-powered watercraft with a 2,000-year-old tradition. They love the beautiful coastal marine ecosystem, and the wildlife that calls it home, and are always picking up any floating trash they find. They’ll have a 20-paddler dragon boat to try out!

Metro Parks Tacoma

Metro Parks Tacoma is known for connecting people with nature and the outdoors through local parks and recreation. They’ll have a fleet of kayaks for you to try – sign up at their booth near the dock entrance. No experience necessary!