FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water


FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Burrows & Allan Islands

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: moderate

Meet at the Washington Park Boat Ramp for a 8:30am shore talk and 9:00am launch.

We should be back to the launch point about 3:30 in the afternoon.

COVID vaccination is required for this trip because we come together to for discussions or to look at charts.
The marine environment is always moving.  There are wind, waves, and currents.  In this clinic we will practice observing the environment to understand what is happening, what it is doing to you, the paddler, and how to use the environment for greater efficiency.  There are many subtle clues a trained eye can pick up on.  We will practice these and confirm with objective tests where possible.  
To prepare for this class you should not check weather or tide conditions.  This class is not about pre-trip planning, it is about in-the-moment observation.  How much can you understand about current conditions and the conditions you'll paddle into just by observing?  We'll see.
Participants should be able to paddle at a flat water pace of 3.5kt and manage their boats in winds up to 15kt.  There will be frequent breaks to observe and discuss.  Do bring a chart.

San Juan Islands from Anacortes

  • Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

We are paddling in rough conditions in the winter.  This is the time to bring all your emergency and spare gear.
Tow systems
Extra clothing
First aid kits
High energy foods
Boat repair kits
Recommended Equipment
VHF radios
Storm CAG (especially in winter)
Warm tea or water
Trip Reports