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Tidal Rapids Paddling

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


WHAT?  Tidal rapids are dynamic jets of salty whitewater that form from the motion of tidal currents through points of acute constriction. They are exactly like river whitewater, except for their dependence on the flow of the tides, increasing gradually in speed as currents go from slack to max, decreasing back to slack, then switching direction and doing the same thing all over again backwards. Some of the most famous sea kayaking play spots in the world form in tidal rapids, and really fast tidal rapids require a distinct skill set that one acquires only by practicing in this environment. The class will be led by Jennifer Yearley

WHO: You are a sea kayaker with good edging and bracing skills, comfortable with wet exits and assisted rescues, interested in exploring a fun and dynamic environment to help build your skills. A combat roll is helpful, but not required.

WHERE: This class will make use of the tidal rapids that form in the tidal slough flow restrictors in Redwood City. Tidal exchanges in this area can exceed 11 feet, yielding tremendous amounts of water forced through a very narrow gap.

WHEN: Meet at 11am at the Port of Redwood City, 601 Chesapeake Dr. We will launch from the public boat ramp, paddle out to the restrictor, and will be off the water no later than 3.30pm.

WHY: Mainly because this kind of paddling is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Beyond that, it will help build your skills for possible downstream adventures at some major international play spots!

QUESTIONS: For questions about the course, or appropriateness of the course for your background, please contact Jennifer (jyearley@gmail.com).

COST: $109 (Minimum Enrollment: 2; Maximum Enrollment: 4)
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February 3
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Jennifer Yearley


Redwood City
601 Chesapeake Dr.
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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