Introduction to Currents - Tacoma


Introduction to Currents - Tacoma - Deception Pass

Clinic: Introduction to Deception Pass Currents

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Pace: 3 kts

We will MEET at Bowman Bay boat launch parking lot at 7:30 am and LAUNCH at 8:30 am.  

Discover Pass is required for parking here.

This course is an Introduction to Currents in Deception Pass (actually, Canoe Pass.) Beginners and early learners welcome, no experience in current required.   We will be launching near slack, to give students a chance to ease into the ebb current as it builds.  Maximum ebb for that day is 5.3, which would be considered moderate.

First year students are welcome if:

  1. Fairly stable in boat.
  2. All Student paddles are done.
  3. Conditioned enough for moderately active paddle.

 We will learn how to enter and exit current for maximum benefit, eddy hop, and ferry glide. Bracing skills will be covered including how to use a low brace in current. Assisted rescues will be practiced before entering current (and almost certainly after entering current). For those who desire to be challenged rolling, bow rescue and self-rescue in current are all possible. All exercises are “challenge by choice”.  Some people learn well watching, others by trying and learning by their mistakes.

Current is one of our favorite places to play.  Come see what all the fuss is about in a safe and supportive environment.

Participants should do their best self-assessment.  Participants should feel they are ready to paddle in SK IV conditions.  Should be willing to get wet, practice skills, try new things, push limits and be safety support for others. Let’s all support each other in developing skills and stretching limits, where ever they are.


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

  • Required equipment:
  •                Drysuit
  •                Helmet
  •                Extra Clothes
  •                Lunch
  •                Snacks accessible on water
  • Recommended:
  •                Skull cap
  •                Nose plugs
  •                Goggles
  •                Gloves
  •                Tow systems
  •                Radio (if you have one)
  •                Go Pro?   😊

Minimize “deck furniture”. All equipment on the boat and on your person should be firmly attached.

Glasses and sunglasses should be equipped with floating straps in a bright/visible color.

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