Navigation and Trip Planning Field Day

Field trip: Sea Kayak Navigation

Navigation and Trip Planning Field Day - Quartermaster Harbor

On the water field day for the Kayak Trip Planning and Navigation Course

  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: moderate

TBD. Likely Owen Beach, Point Defiance Park, ready to launch at 9 AM.  Will discuss at the lecture on Saturday.

This will be an on-water exercise of the concepts learned at the lecture.  We will practice Dead Reckoning, fixing our location, paddling a heading, taking a bearing on water, determining our course, finding out our paddling speed, using ranges, and utilizing the bow angle method to evaluate for collision potential.


Quartermaster Harbor

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474

    NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

routine day paddle stuff;

Kayak with floatation in both ends, pfd, sprayskirt, deck or hand compass (prefer both), long brimmed (baseball type) cap, drysuit, Maptech 100 chart, waterproof watch, spare clothes, food and water, basic first aid kit for yourself.

You do not need fire starter, paddle float, sunscreen, repair kit.

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