Deception Pass


Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Practice in whirlpools and boils on the ebb and flood.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm

Cornet Bay 9:00am meet, 10:00am brief/launch

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: vigorous at times
  • Wind: we will cancel the trip if winds are expected to exceed 20 kt
  • Waves: standing waves, about 1-2 foot in height, are possible
  • Route: Cornet Bay to Deception Pass and back
  • Distance:  about 6 nm
  • Pace: variable

To participate in this trip, you must have completed at least one clinic and several trips to Deception Pass, or equivalent. You must be proficient in crossing eddy lines, and performing rescues in dynamic water. 

We’ll ride the ebb to the Pass, and warm up in Canoe Pass at its decline. Lunch on the beach, then start working the flood. We’ll move to Deception Pass where we can practice techniques of having fun in whirlpools. Then we'll move to Canoe Pass and continue the practice there. Lastly, we’ll head back to Cornet Bay via Strawberry Island and practice on the standing wave, if it's active. Along the way, we’ll practice techniques in boil and eddy hopping. We will likely do some rescue practice in whirlpools along eddy-lines, too.

Immersion wear, helmet, VHF radio, and gloves are required.


Deception Pass

  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427
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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. Immersion wear, helmet, VHF radio, and gloves are required
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