Sea Kayak  Navigation and Trip Planning - Tacoma - 2016

Sea Kayaking Course

Sea Kayak Navigation

Sea Kayak Navigation and Trip Planning

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A full day of classroom discussion (May 28th) and one day of on-water practical (May 29th).  The basic kayaking course could be considered Kayaking 1A.  This is Kayaking 1B.  We will take the next step in becoming proficient paddlers by learning more about planning and carrying out a trip.  We will have approximately 8 hours of classroom discussion followed by a day on the water practicing what we have learned.  The on-water day will be in the Tacoma area with the exact location depending on the weather forecast for that day.  You will be lead through the process of planning a trip, reading charts, reading tide and current tables, packing a boat, and handling a loaded boat. We'll lay the basis for navigating a kayak within sight of shore (coastal navigation) by introducing the skills of dead reckoning and piloting.  You can take the lecture portion only for the same fee, but you will not receive a "pass" until you have completed the on-water portion.  You may complete the on-water portion the following year if scheduling conflicts occur in order to pass.  This clinic is only offered once a year in the spring, and is recommended for everyone that kayaks.  Please contact the instructor before signing up for the clinic.  Open to Mountaineers members only.  This years basic class students may sign up, but the on-water day will not be considered as a student paddle.  Thank you.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Suitable Sea kayak (flotation in both ends, secure hatch covers, deck lines)


Dry suit or wet suit.

Lunch and water

Compass (deck mounted, hand held, or both)

Your personal first aid kit.

Billed cap (yes, a long billed cap)



If you have a local chart and chart plotting instruments please bring them, but they will be provided for the lecture.  You will want a note pad and pencil for the lecture.

Recommended books include Sea Kayak Navigation, by Ferrero; Sea Kayak Navigation Simplified, by Moyer; Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation, by Burch

Course Materials

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