Secrets of Tides and Currents revealed.

Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed

This event is sponsored by the Washington Water Trails Association.   The december class filled up quickly, so this is a repeat for those who were unable to attend.

Location:  Good Shepherd Center, rm 202

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Register Here

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

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought we were going to pour over tide tables and charts with guidance and examples we could follow. 90 percent was the presenter telling her stories and a video of kayaking. We were told there is a 90 50 rule without how to apply it then left to fumble and figure it out amongst ourselves. I learned nothing that I can actually apply. I feel gipped

    2 · January 15, 2014

    • Paul

      Definitely not worth the price. Left class with not much more information than I came with. Was nice to hear stories from a veteran kayaker, but I wanted to learn some things.

      1 · January 18, 2014

    • Bill T.

      I feel better seeing these comments. I thought I was alone thinking that this was poorly taught. The hands on part could have been broken into steps for us to build our knowledge in the two hours. So frustrating to be eager to learn something and then feeing myself shut down when I realized I had no idea how to start the problem. Made me feel sad for students who get left behind in school for the very same reason. -page temple

      1 · January 21, 2014

  • Kevin

    We have tried to host our own training classes for ourselves in the past, (Tides & Currents, Navigation, Trip Planning...etc) and have always kind of struck out. Its very hard to find a place to host a meeting for one... and its expensive! Organizations like WWTA use events like this for their fund raisers, not for actually training. Thats a tough lesson to learn. Its really too bad because the topic is something everyone should know and fun group events like training classes help people come together. I have offered classes in the past and I'd do it again but I'd like to do it differently then we did it before to be more effective.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Lara

    50/90 Rule: "… the speed of the current at the end of each hour." Counting from slack, the current will flow at 50% of its maximum speed at the end of the first hour, 90% at the end of the second hour and full 100% or maximum speed at the end of the third hour and then back to zero with the same steps. The full rule should be stated as 0/50/90/100/90/50/0.

    January 17, 2014

  • Lara

    I am sorry that the class did not meet your expectations. If you had been able to stay until the end of the class, you could have participated in the Hands-on section which would have helped you understand the information better. In order to address some of your questions, I would like to direct you to this topical discussion in our message board. http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Sea-Kayaking/messages/boards/forum/1130093

    I have also posted some website links on the board for Nautical charts that you can download for free, some current phone apps, and additional information about internet sites you can use to look at current and tide predicitons.

    January 17, 2014

  • Rob!

    Here is a class offered by the NWOC outfit which was mentioned during the class. I signed up for this class last year but it was canceled due to limited number of people signed up. They were kind enough to offer a list of books which they use to teach the class from. The instruction is both in-class and on water. Take a look at the class from their site.

    Coping with Current and Kayak Navigation
    http://www.nwoc.com/classes/skclass.asp#Coping

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good class, could have been a couple of hours longer.

    January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think this really needs to be much longer and involve modern things available on line, like the tide and current charts.

      January 15, 2014

  • Christina

    Did not receive reminder until later today due to a computer issue and unfortunately did not have time to drive/commute to venue.

    January 14, 2014

    • Anna S.

      Ticket Sale closed early also

      January 15, 2014

  • peter p

    Try to schedule this Thursday to sat. So I can sign up. Thanks.

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • Lara

      Peter, I will convey your suggestion, however this class is sponsored by another organization, not directly through meetup.

      January 10, 2014

    • peter p

      Thanks Lara.

      January 11, 2014

  • Paul

    RSVP'd here, and registered through eventbrite.. thanks for posting can't wait to see you all there

    January 10, 2014

  • Karl N

    So sorry to miss this. I will be out of town on business. Is there another class coming up?

    January 1, 2014

  • Morgan S.

    Hi! Thank you for your patience! The link is to the eventbrite page is: http://wwtatidesandcurrents2.eventbrite.com
    Please pre-register by either registering through eventbrite, or by calling the WWTA office and talking to us on the phone:[masked]-9161. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Lara

    I took a look at the website and did not see any registration information either. When I posted this meetup, I was traveling so I copied the previous events text. I will check with WWTA and see if registration is required this time and update you all soon.

    December 9, 2013

  • Martina M.

    hey Lara,

    Will this be a repeat of the class she taught in November?

    December 7, 2013

    • Lara

      Yes it will. They had a lot of interest so they scheduled another.

      December 7, 2013

    • Anna S.

      Can I just come to the class?

      December 8, 2013

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