Essentials of Coastal Kayaking III

Cost: $230pp

Location: Bowman Bay, Deception Pass State Park

Course Description: The final course of our Essentials series, our Essentials of Coastal Kayaking III will prepare you to begin actively exploring open water coastal environments and venture into unprotected and exposed settings. Our goal is to give you the tools needed to be self sufficient, prepared and with an understanding of the environmental conditions across removed, open water with ship traffic with potential for challenging environmental conditions. We will cover a variety of rescue scenarios under real life conditions and boat maneuverability and stability in changing conditions. By course end students should feel they can execute a trip greater than a nautical mile from shore with a detailed float plan in place accounting for drift and current, with bearings and fixed/estimated positions with a complete rescue toolkit in place.

A sampling of the course content includes:

  • Float planning and trip plan execution
  • Understanding vessel right of way
  • VHF radios
  • Plotting a course over a chart and fixing estimated and fixed positions
  • Understanding swell periods and the effects of wave refraction/reflection/diffraction
  • High brace
  • High brace turns
  • Scramble and ladder rescues
  • Emergency signaling and incident management preparedness
  • Scoop and unresponsive paddler rescues
  • Curl rescue
  • Bow/stern/paddle rescue

Ages: 18 and up

Duration: This is a two-day class. 8 hours each day. All equipment provided.

Prerequisites: Essentials of Coastal Kayaking OR a comparable skill set. Give us a call to find out if this is a class right for you!

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