In this two-part class, participants will learn common terminology, why tides occur, why tidal currents occur and issues they present to small boaters and kayakers. We will also cover what makes the Salish Sea unique in regards to trip planning. In the second class, students will be introduced to some of the resources available to plan a trip in the San Juan Islands.
Since this class will use a Zoom format, participants need to have a device that is capable of doing Zoom and will benefit from a strong internet connection. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring dates and times of a trip they would like to plan for. Class should last about 1.5 hours per session.
About the instructor: Ed Alm is a retired Mechanical Engineer who spent 40 years in Aluminum Smelter Maintenance. For the last 15 years Ed has been pursuing a passion for sea kayaking, primarily in the San Juan and Vancouver Island areas. He has been a member of the Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE) for 15 years. About 10 years ago, Ed developed a class for the club to teach about the tides and currents kayakers face when paddling in the islands. Ed has taught the class many times for the club, the CBC, and other organizations.
Get an overview of the early development of Bellingham Bay shores and learn about beach and coastal restoration projects around the bay over the past 25 years. Beach enhancement and creation and estuary enhancement for improving nearshore habitats will be outlined, along with improved waterfront access. Sites discussed will include Fairhaven‘s Marine Park, Boulevard Park, Waypoint Park, and Little Squalicum Park which had coastal restoration projects designed by the speaker. Will also get a glimpse into planned coastal enhancement at the Cornwall landfill area/future Cornwall Beach Park and highlights of several larger similar projects around the Salish Sea. This talk will be about an hour long with extra time for questions.
Jim Johannessen has run Coastal Geologic Services in Bellingham for almost 30 years, which is a consulting firm specializing in coastal geology and coastal engineering assessment and design. He and CGS have developed the designs implemented at the sites featured for the City of Bellingham, the Port of Bellingham, and others. He has worked as a naturalist along the coasts of Alaska, Baja California, and locally. Jim is also a lifelong sailor who owns and races a 16 foot sailboat on Lake Whatcom and a larger sailboat in the Salish Sea. Jim is a board member at the Community Boating Center who serves as vice president of the board and chair of the Operations Committee. Jim has spent his life playing and working along coasts and enjoys sharing these stories with others.