Sea Kayak  Navigation - Tacoma - 2019

Sea Kayaking Course

Sea Kayak Navigation

Sea Kayak Navigation using traditional charts and compass.

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Consists of both lecture and classroom sessions, one day each. You will not get "credit" unless you complete both. Formerly this was titled Trip Planning and Navigation, but with only one day in the classroom we are limiting the trip planning to that which comes hand-in-hand with navigation. Preference given to those who are enrolled in an Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course. (If you don't need credit for the course, and only want to attend the classroom session please contact me directly and I will add your name to the lecture roster only. You will have a course fee of $40 and I will tell you how to pay this.)

The classroom session (Saturday) will be all day at the Tacoma Clubhouse.  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 and not cover electronic (GPS) navigation.

The on-the-water portion is likely to be held at Owen Beach in Tacoma but may move if weather is an issue.

You need to either be a sea kayaking student or have the basic sea kayaking badge to sign up. If you are a current Sea Kayaking student, you must have completed at least one student paddle prior to the open water session. Our limit on number of participants is at the on-the-water day, so if you don't need credit for this course and wish to sign up for the classroom only, please contact me.

Note that not only do participants and instructors need to sign up for the course, they need to sign up for the classroom lecture and on-the-water field trip days individually as well.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

For Classroom day: Ruler that doubles as a straight edge, Hand-held compass, String for measuring, something to crunch numbers,  smartphone loaded 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.

Coffee tumbler, lunch. (We'll supply the coffee and milk.)

For the on the water portion (besides the 20 essentials), a deck compass will be exceeding beneficial but if you don't have one you can make do with a hand-held compass. if you do have or get a deck compass, make sure you can read it from the cockpit; you may need the strap-on variety mounted closer to the cockpit than the ones installed in the boat's compass mount. You will need a waterproof watch and a long-billed cap.

Course Materials

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