Introduction to Tidal Currents

Cost: $125pp

Location: Strawberry Island at Cornet Bay, Deception Pass State Park

Course Description: Designed for those new to tidal currents and moving water, this class is meant for students not ready to go into Deception Pass and are looking for that first experience in confusing water. We will head into the waters surrounding Strawberry Island during a flood tide where the incoming water will form a variety of water features such as eddy lines, boils, back eddys, swirls. etc. to explore and play in appropriate for that first time experience in these features. We’ll actively explore edge dynamics, how to cross different water features, introduce how to read water and bracing to maintain stability. Students will have ample time to self explore their abilities and comfortableness in preparation for progressive classes in tidal currents.

A sampling of the course content includes:

  • Introduction to reading water
  • How to cross different water features
  • Low brace in moving water
  • Edge management
  • Low brace turn
  • Setting ferry angles against a current

Ages: 18 and up

Duration: 5 hours. All equipment provided.

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