Kayak Trip Planning Workshop

Lecture: Sea Kayak Navigation

Kayak Trip Planning Workshop - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

1 day indoor trip planning workshop

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9:00am - 4:00 pm at the Tacoma Program Center

This will be the classroom session for the Sea Kayak Trip Planning and Navigation clinic.  The on-water portion will be held May 21st (location to be determined based on the weather forecast for the day; but will be in the Tacoma Region).  The lecture may be taken separately, but you will not get "credit" for completing the clinic without the on-water portion.  Occasionally, people will take the lecture one year and the on-water the next. 

The session will be all day at the Tacoma Clubhouse.  We will cover tides, currents, weather, concepts in planning a trip, compass use, and chart reading in much more detail than the Basic Class. 

There are no prerequisits for the lecture portion, but you need to either be a sea kayaking student or have the basic sea kayaking badge for the on-water portion. 

Note; we will not be covering electronics (GPS) use in navigation.


Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Recommend you bring a lunch and something to drink at lunch; but drinks and food are not allowed in the lecture hall.  You should bring note paper and a Pencil (and a pen if you wish, but a pencil and eraser are recommended for writing on charts). You should consider bringing any navigation aids you have (like a local chart, pencil, compass, and dividers), but the clinic will provide everything you will need.  We may be taking a walk to the waterfront if the weather cooperates.

Reference books include (you don't need to purchase for the clinic);

Sea Kayak Navigation Simplified by Lee Moyer (short, concise, and hits main topics well). 

Sea Kayak Navigation by Franco Ferrero (takes a British slant, and is referenced if you are considering BCU certifications). 

Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation by David Burch (the most thorough reference, but can be wordy and too in depth if you want to just get concept).

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