Local Boating Interest Clinics
Current Course Offerings
Crabbing in Puget Sound
Whether you are an experienced Crabber or just starting out, there are 4 things that you want to accomplish:
Do it safely
Reduce unneeded expenses
Protect the future of the resource
Get your limit(s)!
In this session we will explore ways to do all 4 of these on a consistent basis. Topics include anchoring your trap to prevent it from going into deeper water, principles of bait, best time to crab, how to not get pinched, having fun with kids along, and more.
Shrimping in Puget Sound
Did you know that Puget Sound has some of the best shrimp in the world? How about the fact that there are 7 different species that can be caught by recreational fishing? In this session, we will focus on gear needed/recommended to catch shrimp. Main emphasis will be on spot shrimp, but not exclusively. Other topics include safety, bait, preventing lost gear, when is best time and why so that productive exceptions can be made, how to avoid fines, and more. Even experienced shrimpers will get more ideas, and novices will get more than enough info to get started.
Going Through the Locks
Ever shuddered in fear thinking about transiting the locks? This educational discussion is just the thing for you. We will discuss preparation to transit, what is required, lock signals, how to tie to the big, little, or other boats in the locks and finally when to untie and exit the locks. The course materials are largely from the Army Corps of Engineers website but we will provide complete guidance on how to do it safely in either of the locks and how to keep the lockmasters from yelling at you.
A must for new boaters wanting to go out into Puget Sound from the ship canal.
Power Boat Docking, Handling, and Anchoring
This seminar will teach boaters how to safely dock, depart the dock, anchor and pick up a mooring buoy. The emphasis will be on the practical procedures and techniques and not only on the particular gear. Extensive use will be made of simulations and hands on teaching aids. Materials will be suggested for purchase and there will be handouts that identify these. This is a free seminar but attendance will be limited to seven students so registration is a must.