Advanced kayak skills training. Learn the sea kayaking skills and strategies for dealing with the powerful currents, tidal races, and overfalls that run through the San Juan Islands in this 1-day course. We will explore ferry gliding, how to read water, crossing strategies, and how to predict the time, speed, and direction of currents. These are the kayak skills you need to plan an easy, fun, and safe trip. We start by refreshing your technique, and then we enter these races and build your confidence as the tidal currents increase. This is a great kayak class to start building your rough water kayaking ability and to broaden your knowledge of the sea. Come to this class with play in mind!
We will use the best tidal venues in the Islands to test your kayaking skills and build rough water confidence. We will dive deeper into the intricacies of reading water and tidal planning.
This class is similar to our Deception Pass Tides & Currents course (on our Core Classes page), but will be conducted at higher tidal velocities. Participants who have not taken this Core class should have experience paddling in the more dynamic features found in fast-moving water. Please call if you have questions.
The poets say that “variety is the spice of life” and we believe them. Kayaking in diverse situations is the most effective way to develop comprehensive skill sets. We will test our skills using multiple venues, helping us develop a more well-rounded ability to read water, react to changing conditions, and use our body, boat, and blade more effectively. This instructional course will explore the best tidal races that the San Juan Islands have to offer. Starting in Deception Pass we will practice using advanced paddling techniques to master the swift-moving water and incredible features. Afterward, we will take a ferry into the San Juan Islands to spend the remainder of the class working in our very favorite tidal race: Cattle Pass off Lopez Island. Prepare to have sore cheeks from so much smiling and tired arms from so much fun!
**You will need to inquire with us before signing up for this course**
This course will take place over two separate 2-day sessions. The first will be our Deception Pass Clinic. The second will be the “Tidal Currents Progression.” This course is reserved for those who have completed the Clinic or have proven their skills in other courses. If you feel that you are ready for this course, just send us a message!
Course price does not include ferry ride or accommodation on Lopez Island.
Come on a journey to progress your rough water paddling skills in some of the best venues in the PNW. Increase your skills, confidence, and knowledge of the sea in this progressive course.