L4: Tidal Currents and Rough Water
WHO: This class is being taught by Jennifer Yearley. It is intended for sea kayakers who are looking to develop the practical skills and understanding of tides and currents needed to paddle safely in highly tidal waters such as San Francisco Bay, and to get well-supported rough water experience and practice in the Yellow Bluff tide race.
Prerequisite: L3 Coastal Kayak Skills Development or equivalent, and recent paddling experience. Comfort with wet exits, as well as both self and assisted rescues, is essential.
WHAT: In this class, students will learn how to interpret current flow information for San Francisco Bay, and how to apply this knowledge strategically to a paddling destination while monitoring effects of the current on your progress. These are essential skills for safe paddling in the Bay! In the Yellow Bluff tide race, students will get the opportunity to learn and practice fundamental paddling techniques used in fast current, including peel outs, eddy catching, and ferry gliding. For those who are interested, playing in the rough water and waves of the tide race, will be supported and encouraged! This is an excellent opportunity to push your limits with a strong safety net.
COST: $119 (Minimum enrollment: 2, Maximum enrollment: 5)
WHEN: November 12th, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
WHERE: We will meet at and launch from Horseshoe Cove. Fast current and rough water practice will take place at Yellow Bluff. Strategic planning will be used to determine the best approach to and from Angel Island given the currents of the day.