Just wanted to put a note out there that the water and weather have been great for kayaking around San Juan Island. I am a guide here in Friday Harbor Washington and we have been taking tours out daily. Not sure if there are any readers here in to taking kayak tours, but if you are, stop by www.dskayaks.com and check out what we offer.
For those with your own kayaks, it is time for a weekend getaway to the San Juan's for a bit of kayak fun. Stop by the shop if you have any questions on tides and weather.
All in all I just cannot wait to start seeing more kayakers arrive to the island as the weather progresses from Spring to Summer.
This is a good question and I bring this up because I see a good amount of people find there way to my blog by searching for that exact phrase.
My first answer for you is it really depends on your individual skill level. Some kayakers who may be slightly more advanced with bracing and kayak handling skills might be able to kayak in conditions that far worse than a kayaker without those skills.
So knowing your personal limits is key. Defining those limits should be done in time. By honing your skills and taking classes (BCU or ACA). Slowly build your confidence by attending a class in conditions that challenge you and with the safety of an instructor open yourself up for learning.
Next you have to take in account the region you are kayaking. If you are in a place with little to no tidal exchange then currents are not that big of a factor. But in areas where you have large exchanges between high and low tide. Well current is a huge factor then.
Example: If you have a tide that run…
There are a lot of people who search on how to plan their own kayak adventure to the San Juan Islands. This is a great idea if you have a good understanding of a few important topics and you have accomplished kayak skills. If you are new to kayaking or do not have an understanding about the kayak environment here in the San Juan Islands. I recommend going with a guide. This way you have someone with you to ensure safety, navigation and enrich you adventure with information about the islands and wildlife.
The following information is intended for kayakers with a high level of skill and are looking for tips on kayaking in the area of the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
First thing to mention is the water temperature. Many people who live where the water is warm do not face the idea of what happens when you capsize and it takes you a good amount of time to get back in your kayak. With the water temperature here around 48F to 50F year round, well you need to be prepared for ge…