Sea Kayak Navigation

Cost: $125pp

Location: Bayview State Park

Course Description: Learn to navigate on water and open up a world of possibilities. We’ll start with the bare basics: how tides and currents form, the effects of wind and weather on the marine environment and how to read a nautical chart. From there we’ll expand to understanding how to use and decipher the many resources available to us as kayakers when planning a trip. After we have a firm foundation we’ll gradually get more complicated as we start plotting courses and planning trips using a compass, a parallel ruler and dividers accounting for the effects of drift. We’ll cover a range of terminology, be able to find your fixed and estimated positions on the open water and most importantly impart the judgement necessary to plan a variety of trips and outings in your local waterways like an expert.

This is a land based class.

A sampling of the course content includes:

  • Understanding the formation and effects of tides and currents
  • Reading nautical charts and topographic maps
  • Latitude and Longitude/UTM’s
  • Difference between course, bearing and heading
  • Setting a Vector Solution and planning for crossing more than/less than an hour
  • Plotting courses using parallel rulers and dividers
  • Using a land based compass to take a field to map/map to field bearing and triangulate

Ages: 16 (with a parent or guardian in attendance) and up.

Course Duration: 6 hours

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Let’s get out and practice all you learned in our Essentials of Coastal Kayaking III class!

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