Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues and Towing - Deception Pass


Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues and Towing - Deception Pass

One day sea kayak incident management, rescues, and towing clinic. We will have an all-day event in Bowman bay.

  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: slow to moderate

Bowman Bay boat launch, ready to paddle at 8 AM.

One (long) day on on-water and on-beach instruction regarding incident management and prevention.  This clinic meets the requirements for Intermediate Sea Kayak Course students for an IM class, but not the vhf radio requirements. This clinic is intended for anyone who kayaks...period.  this year's students must have two student paddles completed before attending.  The clinic will cover multiple self and assisted re-entries, use of short and long tow systems, and incident scenarios. This clinic is packed with interesting additions to rescues learned in the basic class. You will be in the water...a lot.  some of the topics include; how do you tow fellow paddlers safely, and why would you need to? What do you do if (WDYDI) you lose a hatch cover on a 10 day trip (yes, they sink)? WDYDI you tear your drysuit while putting it on? WDYDI you punture your boat on a rock? WDYDI you need to pee and there isn't a landing zone (we'll just TALK about this one)? WDYDI you need to use a vhf radio and you've never used one before? Etc, Etc, Etc. I typically schedule these back to back with currents clinics, because what you learn on Saturday will be used for real on Sunday.  Check out the required equipment list.  There are some things you will need to have in addition to the basics.


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

The mountaineers sea kayaking standard essentials. You do not need a chart, flashlight, fire starter, or compass.

Sea Kayak with full perimeter deck lines and sealed front and rear hatches (flotation). 

Properly fitting Coast Guard approved PFD with attached whistle. 

Paddle that floats. 

Properly fitting spray skirt.

Dry suit with suitable thermal protection clothing.

 Helmet required, gloves recommended. 

Spare clothes in dry bag, lunch and water, snacks for on-water, paddle float.

Discover Pass

Long and short tow system (contact the instructor before buying).

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