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.