Deception Pass


Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Dynamic Water Primer in Advance of PDW

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate

We are going to have an early start time to ensure we can take advantage of the currents before they become too strong. We will launch from Cornet Bay  at 8:30 am on Sunday Sept 13. Please arrive at whatever time you need to be ready to launch at 8:30 am. 

This activity is a "pre-PDW" activity to gain experience in dynamic waters before spending the weekend in them! The target audience for this session is new paddlers or paddlers who have not been in dynamic waters who are planning to attend PDW. 

The currents at Deception Pass are notorious and the reputation can be scary! We are creating a very safe environment (almost one instructor per student) to begin to explore these waters, and to get used to bumpy water that is moving quickly. You will get so much more out of the clinics at PDW if you have already been in moving water. 

Anyone who has passed the basic class or been approved for equivalency has the skills to be in this class. Feel free to shoot me a note if you have any questions about your suitability for the class.

We will be practicing rescues and learning/reviewing some helpful strokes as we move out into the Pass at slack water. 

I remember standing on the bridge after my first trip to Deception Pass looking down at the turbulent waters and feeling very proud that I had just paddled there!

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SK4
  • Wind: less than 10 mph
  • Waves: may be small waves due to the currents and boat wake
  • Route: Cornet Bay into Deception Pass and Back
  • Distance:  ~4 nm
  • Pace:  N/A

Deception Pass

  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally - wetsuit (farmer john/jane with paddling jacket or full wetsuit) or drysuit required - no exceptions
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