Easy Currents News: Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed, An Evening with Shawna Franklin & Leon Somme, Holiday Party, and more…

North Cascades from Saddlebag Island North Beach - Bill Brackin

• Active Paddles Warehouse Sale November 9 – 10!
• Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed November 26th
• Get Ready! Deception Pass Dash Coming December 8th
• An Evening with Shawna and Leon – December 12
• WWTA Member Thank You and Holiday Party – Thursday, December 19!
• NEW! NOAA Nautical Charts Now Available as FREE PDFs
• Banking On Nature Finds Refuges Continue as Powerful Economic Engines
• Project LEAD – Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Class
• Get To Know You Facebook Poll
• Thank You to Our Donors and Members! 

Active Paddles Warehouse Sale November 9-10!

Rob Avery is having an Active Paddles Warehouse Sale this weekend (November 9-10). This Saturday and Sunday only, Rob will be clearing out some of his demo, discontinued and “dent & scratch” sea kayaks. Other sales-samples will be for offered during this sale, like a new drysuit for $450! Rob, thanks for posting to the WWTA Facebook page!

Active Paddles was formed several years ago when Rob Avery, founder and owner, took over the importation and west coast distribution of Valley Sea Kayaks. Rob, as a kayak and canoe coach and expedition leader, offers other products that he knows, trusts and uses himself. Active Paddles is based on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Valley Sea Kayaks

If you’re in the market for a Valley Kayak or a drysuit, please email Rob for details at getwet@activepaddles.com and take advantage of this 2-day warehouse sale!

Rob will be donating a percentage of the sale proceeds to Washington Water Trails Association, so you’ll be supporting the work of WWTA too!

Secrets of Tides and Currents Revealed November 26th
(Great precursor for Deception Pass Dash)

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 (ACA) Instructor 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.

Class Location: Good Shepherd Center, Room 202
When: Tuesday, November 26th at 7pm
Cost: $20 WWTA Members and $25 Non-members [Take this opportunity to become a WWTA member and receive $5 off the cost of this class.]

RSVP via Eventbrite or pay at the door.

If you have questions about the class, please email Andree at president@wwta.org.

Get Ready! Deception Pass Dash Coming December 8th

(Get your edge by taking the Tides & Currents class in November.)

The 8th annual Deception Pass Dash, an exciting 6-mile paddle through the swirling current of Deception Pass near Oak Harbor, Washington for human-powered vessels; kayaks, canoes and SUPs. This annual paddling event is open to all paddlers ages 16+. The race will be held on the morning of Sunday, December 8th, 2013.

This challenging 6-mile course takes paddlers through the swirling waters of Deception Pass! You don’t need to be an expert paddler to participate, however all racers should have significant paddling experience and proven self-rescue skills. You should prepare (practice paddling, rolling, rescues, etc.) and then make a safe decision about your paddling ability on the day of the race based on actual weather conditions on that day.

If this is your first paddle race, or you’d like to brush up on your rescue skills and take advantage of early check-in, be sure to join the on-water practice and classes the day before (Saturday, December 7) race day.
Deception Pass Dash photo

Location: Deception Pass State Park
Activity Level: Challenging
Season: Winter
Length: 1 Day [Note: Pre-race clinics will be held at the Park on Saturday.]
Experience Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisite: Confident Swimmer, ages 16+

Registration is available online. Once your online registration and payment have been processed, you will receive an email requesting additional required boater information. It is the responsibility of each racer to submit all paperwork prior to race day.

An Evening with Shawna and Leon -December 12th

Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme (aka Body Boat Blade) traveled the globe in 2013 seeking out their own continued training and teaching aspiring kayakers. Washington Water Trails will host an “Evening with Shawna and Leon” on December 12. Through pictures and stories they will share their 2013 travels with us including time in the Netherlands, the UK, Chile and… Michigan! This event is sure to inspire experienced as well as new paddlers. A $10 donation to WWTA is the cost of admission. Location is TBD so please check back to see updates on WWTA’s Facebook page.
Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme - Photograph by Bridget AmbrosePhoto by Bridget Ambrose

WWTA Member Thank You and Holiday Party – Thursday, December 19th

Come dance the night away to some old-time tunes, enjoy the company of known and new friends, and celebrate your commitment to water trails!

There will be thank you gifts for long-time members, and beer and wine by donation. Enjoy an old-time cookie bake-off with prizes for the tastiest and fanciest cookies! Try square dancing!

Be sure to mark December 19th on your holiday calendars!

Location TBA. See the WWTA Facebook page for updates on this party!

$10 donation per person or $20 per family requested for admission.

NEW NOAA Nautical Charts Now Avaliable as FREE PDF’s

For a three-month trial period (October 22, 2013, to January 22, 2014) NOAA is providing about a thousand high-resolution printable nautical charts—almost the entire NOAA suite of charts—as PDF files. The PDF nautical charts, which are exact images of the traditional charts currently printed by lithography, are available for free download.

NOAA’s newest addition to the nautical charting portfolio is the new Portable Document Format (PDF) nautical chart, which provides up-to-date navigation information in this universally available file type.

Just as with Print-on-Demand (POD) and NOAA raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC®), these digitally-formatted chart files are updated weekly and include all of the latest critical chart corrections. These files can be printed or viewed depending on the customer’s choice.

Please provide comments on this new service. Coast Survey will evaluate usage and user feedback to decide whether to continue the service.

A big thank you to Mike Moreland who alerted us to this by posting to the WWTA facebook page!

Banking on Nature Finds Refuges Continue as Powerful Economic Engines!

“America’s national wildlife refuges continue to be strong economic engines for local communities across the country, pumping $2.4 billion into the economy and supporting more than 35,000 jobs, according to a new national report released today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.” Department of the Interior Press Release, November 5, 2013

Jewell continues, “Our National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s greatest network of lands dedicated to wildlife conservation, but it is also a powerful economic engine for local communities across the country, attracting more than 46 million visitors from around the world who support local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.” “In addition to conserving and protecting public lands for future generations, the report shows that every dollar we invest in our Refuge System generates huge economic dividends for our country.”

“This study shows that national wildlife refuges repay us in dollars and cents even as they enrich our lives by protecting America’s natural heritage and providing great recreation,” said FWS Director Dan Ashe. “That’s inspiring and important news, especially as our economy continues to gain strength.”

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the largest network of lands in the nation set aside for wildlife, with 561 national wildlife refuges – at least one refuge in every state – covering more than 150 million acres.

Here we are blessed with both the Dungeness Spit and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuges in the Pacific Northwest.

A protected estuary, the Nisqually River Delta, a biologically rich and diverse area at the southern end of Puget Sound, supports a variety of habitats. Here, the freshwater of the Nisqually River combines with the saltwater of Puget Sound to form an estuary rich in nutrients and detritus. These nutrients support a web of sea life, the benefits of which extend throughout Puget Sound and beyond. This is the largest estuary restoration project in the Pacific Northwest and an important step in the recovery of Puget Sound.

Project LEAD – Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Class

United Way of King County is currently recruiting people of color for the 2014 session of Project LEAD (Leadership, Effectiveness and Diversity). This is a non-profit leadership program that prepares highly qualified people of color to become knowledgeable, responsive and strong civic leaders.

Application deadline is Wednesday, December 18th, 2013.

We are currently recruiting for board members and it’s an exciting way to be involved with WWTA. Please contact our Board President, Andree Hurley at president@wwta.org if you are interested in learning more about joining our Board of Directors! Thank you.

Get To Know You Facebook Poll!

What fall outdoor activities are you inspired by? Click Facebook to answer and read the responses of your fellow water trail enthusiasts!

Thank You to our Donors and Members!

We are most grateful to all the many people and organizations who contribute to Washington Water Trails Association. Your continued commitment makes our work possible!

American Endowment Foundation
Dave Shikany

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