Essentials of Coastal Kayaking Level III

Cost: $210pp

Location: Fort Casey Beach at the Port Townsend Ferry, Coupeville

Course Description: Ready to actively explore an open water coastal environment and venture into unprotected and exposed settings? Then this is the course for you! Our goal is to give you the tools needed to be self sufficient and plot a course and navigate understanding the environmental conditions across removed, open water with ship traffic and potential for challenging environmental conditions. We will cover a variety of rescue scenarios under real life conditions and boat maneuverability and stability in conditions difficult to assess. By course end students should feel they can execute a trip greater than a nautical mile from shore with a detailed float plan in place accounting for drift and current, with bearings and fixed/estimated positions.

A sampling of the course content includes:

  • Float planning and trip plan execution
  • Understanding vessel right of way
  • Plotting a course over a chart and fixing estimated and fixed positions
  • Understanding swell periods and the effects of wave refraction/reflection/diffraction
  • Towing during active rescues
  • Emergency signaling and incident management preparedness.

Ages: 18 and up

Duration: This is a two-day class. 8 hours each day. All equipment provided.

Prerequisites: Essentials of Coastal Kayaking OR a comparable skill set. Give us a call to find out if this is a class right for you!

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