Kayak Navigation

Cost: $125pp

Location: Bayview State Park

Course Description: The ultimate kayak navigation workshop! 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. Because after this workshop you’ll feel like one!

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
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Difference between course, bearing and heading
  • Plotting courses
  • Nautical rules of the road

Prerequisites: None

Ages: 18 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 Level III class!

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