Introduction to Currents - Deception Pass and Cornet Bay

Saturday February 25th, 2017 conditions: slight overcast, light breeze, 39*, 3 1/2 hours in the boat , 6

1/4 miles paddled.

Seven NSSKA paddlers and two event leaders took to the water today to practice paddling in the 5+knot 

currents in and around Deception Pass with some quality 'play' time in the 'wiggly' waters which 

surround Strawberry Island. Prior to getting on the water the group reviewed charts of the area, 

discussed the "50/90 rule" which predicts the speed of the water the group was paddling in and the 

"Rule of 12's" which the group used to calculate the height of the water. We honed our reading dynamic 

water skills, crossed eddlines, traversed large whirlpools and upwelling's over the course of the days 

paddle. A couple members also got to practice their kayak rescue skills ;-).

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