A good understanding of the Tides and Currents can mean the difference between a smooth ride and a rough ride for a captain and crew. The Inside Passage has a unique water system where the tides power strong currents around the islands and in many of the key passes. In this session, we will begin with an understanding of how the lunar cycles create water movement and the various stages of the tidal cycles – in short, the conditions for slack can mean different things based on the lunar cycle, the winds and even the geography. The course will explore the many gates that are keys points in travel and understand the key concepts of vertical movement (tides) and horizontal movement (current) of water. Understanding local knowledge and the resources available to plot times of slack and understanding the tidal range and current speed in a given day and hour are emphasized. Next, the impact of wind is reviewed. Wind against wave can lead to ugly and uncomfortable seas. A brief understanding of the weather reports will allow you to avoid uncomfortable seas, where waiting an hour or two can make all the difference and a comfortable sea state for safe passage.
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There is a wealth of information in every tide guide, but most boaters only know how to access a small portion of that information. With the cancellation of the printing of the NOAA and Canadian Tide and Current books, it is more important than ever that boaters understand the wealth of information that is available to them in all its various forms.
The seminar gives a brief introduction to the dynamics of tidal flows in the complex waters of the West Coast and provides skippers with the tools to get the most information from their tide and current guides.
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