Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed

Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed

Tues, Nov 26th, 6:30-8pm

Good Shepherd Center, rm 202

WWTA Members: $20 Non-members: $25.

Register here

*If you have registered please let me know so I can provide the WWTA organizer with an accurate head count.

Event Details:

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.

NOTE: This event is sponsored by the Washington Water Trails Association. If there is a lot of interest I will arrange to have someone save a group of seats for the meetup group. It sounds like a great class!

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  • John B.

    Thank you for the meeting shout out Lara.
    Love that tidal ap on your phone.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • marcy s.

    I had a flat tire. I would love to go to this class in the future.

    November 26, 2013

  • Larry M

    Well, that sucks, And i am a WTA member... it's not ok Lara, you owe me a beer. I'll be by soon to collect... :)

    November 26, 2013

    • Larry M

      Wow, what you won't do to save giving me a free beer. .... :(

      November 26, 2013

    • Lara

      You can still stop by for the beer..and pick me up on the way tonight :)

      November 26, 2013

  • Lara

    I just received confirmation from WWTA that they will make room for meetup members without tickets at tonights event. I hope to see you all. If not please watch for the January class posting!

    November 26, 2013

  • jill i

    sold out, won't be there, hope to make it in January, guess we check WWTA website?

    November 26, 2013

  • Craig

    Didn't register in time - EventBrite says it is sold out now. Hope to be able to get to this in Jan.

    November 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lara, that's okay there will be another time, It's not your fault

    November 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I never register online,, and I don't want to drive an hour and a half to find there is no spots left, some other time.

    November 26, 2013

  • jill i

    So just an RSVP on the Meet-up notice here doesn't register us for this event? I have reread this a few times and am not sure about this.

    November 26, 2013

    • Lara

      Originally I was told that we did not need to register and that there would be plenty of room for all. This has changed due to a flood of pre-registration activity over the weekend.

      November 26, 2013

  • Kellie H

    Too bad, I was really looking forward to this. I don't want to drive there from the south and find its full. I'll go in January, and pre-register :)

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Lara

    Here is the registration website:
    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sec...­

    November 26, 2013

  • Harrison

    Registered- thanks for the note, Lara!

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Audra

    I have to work late also. If this class comes up again can someone post it so I can block my work and come learn. Thank you

    November 25, 2013

    • Lara

      Audra, there will be another class in January. Date is currently unknown, but I will notify you as soon as it is scheduled

      November 26, 2013

  • Martina M.

    Hi Lara -- I registered with WWTA and paid. See you there :)

    1 · November 26, 2013

    • Lara

      Thanks!

      November 26, 2013

  • John B.

    I just got confirmation that WWTA received my payment; I'll be there.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • karen s

    I really wanted to go to this, but I have to work:-(

    November 25, 2013

  • marcy s.

    I'd like to car pool Tom. I'm in federal Way

    November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes we can carpool where would you like me to pick you up at,

      November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would anybody like to carpool from Tacoma.

    November 23, 2013

  • Sue

    The group sponsoring this event is Washington Water Trails Association. Check them out...they are a small non-profit organization that champions access to lakes, waterways and shorelines throughout the state. They are stewards of the Cascadia Marine Trail, Willapa Bay Trail, Lakes-to-Locks Water Trail and others. A good group to support!

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Aaron S

    Thanks for posting this, Lara. Useful info for sure. I was already signed up for the class; see everyone there.

    2 · November 20, 2013

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