Salish Sea Currents And Tides

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Class Overview

Understanding currents and tides is key to safe, enjoyable boating in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. Whether you're a day sailor or long-distance cruiser, this class will help you understand the forces that drive currents and tides and give you insights on how to navigate them in local waters. 

The dramatic landscape of the Salish Sea makes for beautiful scenery, but it also creates some especially challenging sea conditions. Learn how to predict the tides and currents and how to read current charts and tide tables. We will also discuss how weather affects tides and currents. 

Required Textbook

Please bring a copy of Tidal Currents of Puget Sound, by David Burch , ISBN 0914025163 ($20).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • predict Salish Sea tides and currents
  • read current charts and tide tables
  • be familiar with various tools and resources available
  • understand how weather affects tides and currents

Who Should Take This Class?

  • Recreational boaters
  • Anyone interested in learning about tides and currents, especially in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea


Class Details

Boating classes will be in-person at the beautiful Seattle Maritime Academy located at: 4455 Shilshole Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107.

Seattle Central Requires COVID-19 Vaccines and Masks for Students & Staff 

Seattle Colleges will be a fully vaccinated higher education institution in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent COVID-19 Proclamations. The decision comes after consultation with the board of trustees, health and safety officials, and labor partners. 

Full vaccinations are required for students, staff, and faculty coming to campus this fall, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. This allows the colleges to reopen and return to in-person teaching and learning, to the fullest extent possible, while safeguarding against transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Students must report vaccination status by Nov. 1; we will update Continuing Education students about the process for that soon. 

In accordance with Washington State guidelines for the college, everyone attending in-person classes is also required to wear a face mask inside buildings, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition, everyone who comes to an in-person class (Capitol Hill, Wood Technology Center, Seattle Maritime Academy and Georgetown) will be required to complete a daily health screening questionnaire each day that you visit. Please take time to review the COVID Procedures:


Winter 2022

  • 1 Thursdays ; Feb 24 to Feb 24 ; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location : SCSMA; Room SC -SMA General Class -SMA0111
  • Fee : $60
  • Class ID : 38865 ; SKU : 33022