Whatcom Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Whatcom County including Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and beyond.

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Apr
6
Sat
Intro to the Inside Passage @ REI Community Room
Apr 6 @ 10:30 am
Intro to the Inside Passage @ REI Community Room

Stop thinking about that grand seafaring adventure and start preparing for it! Learn how to plan and execute a human-powered expedition. Although specific to sea kayaking the Inside Passage, the principles of adventure planning will apply to any destination, conveyance, or time frame. All adventurous souls welcome. No previous paddling or trip planning experience necessary. In this course students will: Learn how to plan the adventure of a lifetime, exploring both the nature of adventure and the nature of the Inside Passage. Discuss how gainfully employed, mature adults can do something as outrageously adventurous as this. Explore the physical, mental and experiential parameters relevant to this type of journey, both his or her own and those of potential partners. Be able to plan a food regimen and come to understand how it can be implemented and carried out over a sustained time and distance. Come to understand a myriad of other inherent elements and hazards of planning and executing an Inside Passage expedition such as logistics, equipment, navigation, tides and currents, weather, seamanship, camping difficulties, dealing with customs, shipping traffic, fitness, and electronics.

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May
1
Wed
Intro to Tides & Currents @ REI Community Room
May 1 @ 5:30 pm
Intro to Tides & Currents @ REI Community Room

This course guides participants through the concepts behind tidal exchanges and currents, including how to integrate tide and current predictions into small boat trip planning. Learn how to utilize available resources to predict tides and currents within the Salish Sea. Introduction to Tides & Currents is a two-part class allowing time to digest what you have learned and come back to class with questions. This course is great for boaters of all types and skills.

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May
9
Thu
Understanding PNW Weather @ REI Community Room
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Understanding PNW Weather @ REI Community Room

Coastal mountains, inland waters, Pacific Ocean, and the San Juan Islands all influence the weather of the Pacific Northwest. This two-hour seminar will give you an overview of how to read weather forecasts and plan for your adventures on the water. The format of this class is a presentation on what influences our weather plus where to find resources followed by a question and answer session.

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