Introduction to Currents - Tacoma


Introduction to Currents - Tacoma - Deception Pass

Introduction to currents, bracing and rescues

  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 5 kts
  • Pace: moderate to brisk

Bowman Bay boat launch, ready to paddle at 9 AM.

This course is BEGINNING CURRENTS. Beginners and early learners welcome, no experience in current required. 

Must have had an incident management clinic.   

We will start at slack and build our as the current increases.  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 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 V conditions (current will be stronger than you can paddle against). 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
    •         Long and short tow
  •                Extra Clothes
  •                Lunch
  •                Snacks accessible on water
  • Recommended:
  •                Skull cap
  •                Nose plugs
  •                Goggles
  •                Gloves
  •                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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