Introduction to Currents - Tacoma - Deception Pass


Introduction to Currents - Tacoma - Deception Pass

Introduction to currents, bracing and rescues

  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 25 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4.5 kts
  • Pace: moderate to brisk

Bowman Bay Boat Launch, ready to paddle at 9 AM.

This course is Introduction to Currents.  It will meet the requirements of the Intermediate Kayaker Badge requirement for taking a currents clinic.  It may not be enough for demonstration of "comfort and control" in currents for the badge.

No experience in current required.    This clinic is scheduled for the day after an incident managment (IM) clinic.  An IM clinic is required to take this currents clinic, and I highly recommend taking them as a 2-day event. I'm sarcastic.  Huh? What?

We will practice some strokes and rescues (refresher) in Bowman Bay, before heading around the corner to the swirling, snarling, sucking vortex to Poseidon (just kidding) of Canoe Pass.  Actually, we'll be entering the pass close to slack, and learning techniques as the currents build.  As per all my clinics, the exercises will be "challenge by choice" meaning you may opt out of anything you wish.

 The currents are forecast to build to 4.2 kt.  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.

Current is one of my 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.

Be sure to read over the required equipment list.


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, no go.  This can be a kayaking helmet, climbing helmet, skiing helmet, or bicycle helmet. Be aware, some non water use helmets will rust in salt water.
  •                Extra Clothes in a drybag.
  •                Lunch and 2 sources of water.
  •                Snacks accessible on water  
  •                Short and long tow (contact instructor before purchasing).
  •                Discover pass required for parking, or pay a daily fee.
  • Recommended:
  •                Skull cap
  •                Nose plugs
  •                Goggles
  •                Gloves
  •                VHF marine 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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