Incident Management for Intermediate Sea Kayaking

Field trip: Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course

Incident Management for Intermediate Sea Kayaking - Deception Pass

Incident management and boat-handling skill development in dynamic conditions (wind, waves, current)

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  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Elevation Gain: 6 ft
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: 2

Bowman Bay launch at 8:30am.  Ready to begin session on land at 9:00am. 

Please note:  there are two back-to-back sessions of this event on subsequent days.  Campground reservations have been made at Deception Pass State Park for Friday and Saturday nights, June 22nd and 23rd - if you would like to  camp the night before your session, please contact the trip leader.  Each day requires a separate registration - you are welcome to register for one or both days.

This is a two-days clinic in the Deception Pass State Park area for Intermdiate-level SK work in Bowman Bay, around Deception Island, and in Deception/Canoe Pass.  The idea is that folks can participate on one or both days.  What we do exactly depends a bit on who is attending, as well as weather details.  But expect topics related to boat handling in dynamic conditions, as well as incident management:
- Paddling in waves/swell
- Paddling in laminar current from both ahead and behind
- Paddling in turbulent current
- Paddling in wind
- Paddling in combinations of wind, waves, current
- Bracing and rolling in current (rather than a pool)
- Towing
- Towing in current
- Towing as part of expedited rescue in dynamic conditions
- Releasing tow line under adverse loading
- Swimmer separated from kayak
- Kayak with flooded hatches
- Unconscious/disabled paddler in the water

Launch and landing at Bowman Bay, which involves a Discover Pass.

This work has two principal development goals: 1)develop fundamental skills that tend to apply in a broad range of circumstance; 2)develop composure to perform in challenging conditions.  

Plan on some physical effort, plan on being in the water, plan on being task saturated, and plan on significantly improving your paddling capacity in challenging conditions.  You are welcome to attend either day if you cannot make both, but we will not know which topics are on which day until we see weather forecasts a day or two out.


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

Drysuit and helmet designed for water. All equipment for a kayak day trip on open water.  Hood recommended.

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