Deception Pass


Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Practice moving water skills in strong current at Deception Pass

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 5 kts
  • Pace: moderate

Meet at Cornet Bay at 8:00 am

Shore talk

  1.   current cycle, eddies, Peel-outs, ferries
  2. current and tide tables, 50% 90% rule

Practice on the water eddy turns, ferries and S turns while waiting for the ebb to decay.

Head over to Pass Island by 9:30 to practice at eddy line at the west end of the Island . Lunch at 11:00. Practice in building flood at Pass Island the head down to Strawberry Island to practice on eddy lines. Leave Strawberry Island by 1:00 to return to Cornet Bay.

Prepare for immersion. Expect to get wet.

Be prepared to assist in a rescue in moving water.

This clinic will introduce you to paddling in moving water using the classroom of a moderate ebb current in beautiful Deception pass.

This clinic is suitable for paddlers who have basic boat handling skills.

  • You can turn with sweeps and rudders
  • Sometimes you use edging improve handling
  • You are comfortable with capsizing and rescues
  • Have graduated from the Basic class (or have equivalency)
  • You feel ready to learn to paddle in more dynamic conditions

Close interaction between paddlers during rescues is expected in this clinic. Please only attend if you are low risk for transmitting or contracting COVID.

Our day will start with discussion of the features that appear in moving water. We will practice skills on shore and near shore in still water.


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

In addition to standard kayak equipment Required

  1. Helmet. Water sports helmet. A bike helmet will work.
  2. Gloves. For warmth and sharp rock and barnacles
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