Deception Pass


Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Join a group of peers paddling a fast ebb current in Deception Pass. Max ebb this day is -5.9 @ 2:20pm. Note: Remaining slots on this trip will first be offered to waitlisted participants on the similar Dec 9th trip and as a result it may fill before the opening time.

  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 25 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 6 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 6 kts
  • Pace: Brisk

Meet at Bowman bay for a crack-of-11 am launch.  

This trip is an opportunity to develop our skills in the company of other paddlers.  No instruction will be given.  Everyone can bring skills that they want to work on.  We will work together in mutual support of skills and safety. 

Participants must have previous experience paddling in currents.  This is for people who have paddled in moderate currents and feel ready to challenge themselves with faster currents.  At 5.9 knots, the confused water in the diffuse eddies is powerful.  Your balance and brace reflex will be tested.  A roll is useful, but not necessary.  I expect people will capsize and get rescued.  

Timing for the day:

  •  11:00 - Shore talk
  • 11:10 - Launch and poke around as we paddle into the pass.
  • 12:00 - At Canoe Pass
  • 14:20 - Max ebb
  • 13:00 - Back at Bowman Bay well before sunset

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 eight 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
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