Navigation/trip planning for kayakers.

One full day of lecture, one day of on-water skills. Will cover chart reading, navigation within sight of land (piloting), and planning for a kayaking trip.
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11 ( 12 capacity)

One 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.  The class will take you through planning a trip, reading charts, compass use on the water, 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 member only.  Participants may have taken the basic class this year, but the on-water day does not count as a student paddle.  Thank you.

Tacoma Program Center
2302 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403