Reading the Water: Understand, Predict, and Master Dynamic Water

Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend

Reading the Water: Understand, Predict, and Master Dynamic Water - Deception Pass

Learn various features of moving water and how to work with them to your advantage.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at 8:30 am at Bowman Bay. We will be ready to launch at 9:30 am. (No need to meet on Friday evening.)

Using a "knowledge is power" approach, delve into the anatomy of turbulence to transform fear into fun. Learn how the various features of moving water work and explore how to use them to your advantage and delight. We will start with easy features and progress with more sophistication, challenge and vigor throughout the day, as we attain comfort, control, style and grace in dynamic 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 what you would normally bring on a typical day paddle, please dress for immersion (drysuit or wetsuit/drytop combination) and wear a helmet as we will be near rocks in moving water. Spare paddle, tow system, and VHF radio may be helpful but are not required. You kayak must be in seaworthy condition, have adequate flotation in both ends and have full perimeter deck lines.

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