Sea Kayak Navigation - Lecture - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Lecture: Sea Kayak Navigation

Sea Kayak Navigation - Lecture - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Lecture workshop for the Sea Kayak Navigation course

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Tacoma Program center. Setup is 8:30, class starts at 9 AM.  We should be done by 4 PM.

The classroom session will be all day at the Tacoma Program Center.  We will cover tides, currents, weather,  compass use, navigational tools, and chart reading in much more detail than the Basic Class. We will show you how to plan a trip involving currents. We will teach the concepts of piloting and dead reckoning but not cover electronic (GPS) navigation. You will be working problems much of the day.

The Sea Kayak Navigation course has a one-day on-water component, which will be September 10th.  If you want credit for the nav course you need to complete both the lecture and on-water days.  The on-water day will be somewhere close to Tacoma, and will be determined based on weather forecasts.


Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ruler that doubles as a straight edge, Hand-held compass, String for measuring, something to crunch numbers,  smartphone loaded y: with AyeTides or other tide/current app (alternatively a laptop or tablet to access the internet).

Chart of Puget Sound if you have one,  otherwise we have spares.

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