On the Water Navigation

Field trip: Sea Kayak Navigation

On the Water Navigation - Skagit & Hope Islands

On the Water Sea Kayak Navigation

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2.6 kts

Meet at Snee Oosh Beach Park (48.398543, -122.541208) in La Conner and ready to launch at 9:00 AMSnee Oosh beach park.PNG

Exercise we will do on this trip:
• Measure your paddling speed.
• Take a bearing
• Calculate the heading based on the known current speed
• Paddle to destination using compass heading only “Dead reckoning”
• Compare the landscape with the map & chart
• Paddling using ranges (transit) – ferrying
• Find course to avoid fast current or using current assist to get to destination
• Observe the current direction and falling or rising tide
• VHF exercise. Please make sure you read "Quick Guide on How to Use VHF", other articles are optional in VHS and VTS folder.
• Check paddling speed at the end of the day (timing)

Please check the Required Equipment tab below.


Skagit & Hope Islands

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Immersion clothing is required. Besides the usual day paddling essentials you must have:

  • Marine Compass
  • Chart (will be supplied)
  • Waterproof watch
  • VHF (if this is to fulfill requirement for intermediate badge)
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