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Cattle Pass Clinic

Increase your skills, confidence, and knowledge of the sea in this progressive course. Cattle Pass is one of the most incredible rough water locations on the West Coast. The tide race that forms here provides some of the best surfing that you can find in the Islands, and is a great venue for those looking to test themselves and learn more advanced paddling skills. We will take advantage of all that the south coast of Lopez Island has to offer.

In this course, we will focus primarily on rough water paddling skills including paddle strokes, maneuvers, and rescue skills. However, we will also spend a little time at the chart table looking at navigation and tidal planning. The south end of Lopez Island offers amazing exploration opportunities, along with other smaller tide races and unique wildlife, all with the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan De Fuca.

Course price does not include ferry ride or accommodation on Lopez Island. Accommodation can be found at Odlin County Park, Spencer Spit State Park, Airbnb, and VRBO.

Cattle Pass - Lopez Island
2 days
Start time:
9:00 am

Class Highlights

  • Stunning Paddling location
  • Surfing Skills
  • Tidal planning skills
  • Efficient paddling in rough water
  • Rescue skills


his is an Intermediate/Advanced level course. You should have experience paddling in current where eddylines are present, know how to wet exit, and perform a rescue. This is a natural progression from our Deception Pass Clinic.

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