Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues and Towing


Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues and Towing - Deception Pass

2-day Incident management, rescues, towing, eddies, and currents clinic.

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  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 5.1 kts
  • Pace: slow

Ready to launch from Bowman Bay at 9 AM.

Be sure to read the entire required equipment listing below.  This is an exciting clinic that will improve your abilities to deal with capsizes, dynamic rescues, problems along the way during a trip, and help build confidence as a paddler.  You will be expected to capsize and perform rescues on both days.  You will be in the water (a lot) so dress warm!  Day one will cover incident management, towing, and rescues in calm conditions.  The second day will be an introduction to paddling in currents and eddies, allowing you to put into practice rescues and towing you learned the day before.  We may discuss topics of interest Saturday or Sunday evening while in camp.

This clinic emphasizes "challenge by choice".  You will be able to opt out of anything you aren't comfortable doing.  Everyone has fun!  We will start out slow and build throughout the event.

Must be a mountaineers member.

The cost of the event  includes camping at Deception Pass State Park (will need to share sites, two tents per site, cost of extra cars is $10 per night extra).  We reserved a total of 6 sites for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.  We'll be doing a paddle in the area (yet to be determined) on Monday as well.  You may chose to camp with us or to participate Monday or not, but the price of the clinic is still $100.


Deception Pass

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten essentials. You don't need a chart. 

Sea Kayak with perimeter deck lines and sealed front and rear hatches (flotation).  Coast Guard approved PFD with attached whistle.  Paddle that floats.  Properly fitting spray skirt,  Dry suit is mandatory,  Helmet is mandatory.  Spare clothes in dry bag, lunch and water, and plenty of snacks for on-water. 

Highly recommend gloves, and if you have one a paddle float.  If you have a repair kit bring it.  A tow system is needed (short and long tow).  Leader will have several to share, or contact leader before buying a system.  If you paddle with a spare paddle bring it, but don't go out and buy one just for the clinic.

Discover Pass required.

I encourage people to bring what they might need paddling in a remote area.  That way we can assess your kits and make recommendations.  Items to think about are first aid kits, signaling kits, spare clothes kit, and boat repair kits.

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