Have you ever found yourself getting pushed by currents away from your landing site rather than towards it? Or arrived at your easy launch site only to find that it’s now a quarter mile slog through hip deep mud? There are many areas in the Salish Sea whose tides and currents can strongly affect both trip safety and enjoyment. But planning for them is often baffling. How do you know which way the currents are running around a given island? How can you know how fast or strong they will be at any particular time? What *are* tides and currents anyway, and what are the specific tools you need to use them to maximize your ease and delight when enjoying your time on the water?
In this class we will begin by briefly defining tides and currents and discussing how they affect us as human-powered boaters. Many of the examples will be taken from Deception Pass, which is a primary current station, and the San Juan Islands. Following this presentation we will break into groups and do a trip planning session. While all the needed tools will be available feel free to bring your own if you have them.
Class instructor will be Andree Hurley, an American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer Educator for coastal and whitewater kayaking, and an EMT. Current president of the Washington Water Trails Association Board of Directors, Andree has been leading expeditions, teaching kayaking, and river rafting since she took her first leadership course through the Outings Club at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) in 1977 and still loves it! She has been on boards for the American Canoe Association, Trade Association of Paddlesports and Washington Kayak Club. Her degree is in International Studies and she has guided trips or paddled in eastern Mexico, Baja, Belize, Chile, Bolivia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Canada. Andree currently works in real estate for Coldwell Banker Bain on Lake Union.
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Washington Water Trails Association
WWTA is a leader, partner, and resource for water trail planning and development across the state of Washington.
WWTA facilitates volunteer involvement in water trail stewardship and educates members and the public at large about relevant political issues and best practices for low impact recreation (Leave No Trace).
WWTA also represents the state’s non-motorized boating population in the political and recreational planning realm.
WWTA remains an authority on the needs of non-motorized boaters in terms of physical and informational access to Washington’s waterways.