Deception Pass Surf Ski Class

Learn the basics of paddling tidal rapids in this Deception Pass surf ski class. Saltwater tidal rapids will prepare you for paddling in rivers, surfing tidal rapids, downwinding and the Deception Pass Challenge.  You’ll also get skills for exploring Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.

For many, Deception Pass looks scary and untouchable. I will share with you how to read the water, understand the currents and know when to be in the Pass for the best paddling and surfing.  Local paddlers paddle the Pass to simulate open ocean conditions to train for channel crossing races and Hood River.

You’ll paddle with harbor seals, see bald eagles, possible orca sightings and enjoy majestic views of the San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula and on a clear day, Victoria BC.

Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • How to forecast marine weather, tides, and currents so you can plan your own trips to the Pass
  • Learn to paddle with control and confidence in swift current and rough water
  • Learn how to surf boat wakes which get big when bucking current in the Pass!
  • Find out about downwind possibilities in the Pass.
  • Learn River ski / kayak skills – peeling in/out of current, ferrying, and remounts in current and wind
  • I’ll help you choose the best best gear for river paddling so you stay warm and comfortable
  • If conditions are right, we’ll surf standing waves in the Pass!
  • Paddling the Pass will help you have the skills to plan trips on Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and beyond


Schedule: Feb 20 /  Mar 6 / April17 / May 15 / June 12.  Private lessons available anytime.

Duration: 4 hrs. We’ll take breaks on protected pocket beaches.

Skill Level: Must be a solid Intermediate level and be comfortable paddling in rough water, boat / wind waves, can swim and know how get back in your ski on both sides in bumps.

Bringing Your Own Gear? You’ll need a stable 14′ or longer ski that you’re familiar with in most conditions. I require a vest PFD, helmet and full wet or drysuit. Booties and gloves recommended for walking on rocky beaches.


Group Class 3 – 4 students – 169 per person

2 Person Private Class: 199 per person

1 Person Lesson (1-1): 373

+ Add Rental Gear:

  • Full 4/3mm or 5/4mm wetsuit, booties, hood, gloves, helmet, PFD (life vest) – ($20 per person)

* Bonus Mini DP Guide sent to all students after class explaining currents, best apps, how it works in the Pass so you can paddle there on your own.

Alumni Discount: $10 off per person.

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Covid-19 Notice: Paddling is a naturally distanced activity and great for much exercise and fresh air. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned. 


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