Sea Kayak Navigation & Trip Planning

Navigation; Trip Planning for Sea Kayakers

Darsham

Price: £99.99 p/seat
12 Seats Available
4 member slots available
CALENDAR

Do you find that you don't paddle because you're afraid to go out because you don't understand the environment you want to paddle into? Do you understand tides and tidal streams? The effect of wind against tide? Can you build a picture of how the weather on the day will unfold. Can you measure your element of risk? Do you have enough knowledge and understanding to make the decision when NOT to paddle?

Using examples from Nomad’s trips, this eye-opening yet easily understood Sea Kayak Navigation Course walks you through the planning considerations that underpin every trip. Using sources of freely available information plus an ordinary map and compass, you’re shown how that information combines to provide properly informed decisions, necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable coastal paddle however short or long. No particular knowledge is assumed but the knowledge and confidence you’ll gain will place you head and shoulders above the average paddler in this respect.

The very useful template provided will also allow you to quickly plan future trips, (not forgetting to re-check the latest weather forecast on the day!) e.g. Where’s the best place to launch and why? What times should you launch and return? How might the combined effect of wind and tide affect your plan? How do you use a map and compass to fix your position and monitor progress? What should you consider before deciding to cut across that short stretch of open water? How can an ordinary piece of string provide an essential planning tool? Which emergency bail-out points will provide a safe beaching and avoid you ending up in a worse situation, surrounded by acres of mud on a falling tide? All of this and more is delivered in an informal but always professional style. Along with the accompanying real-life anecdotes, this course should be mandatory training for any aspiring kayaker.

This is a great and informative course. Invaluable, giving essential training and knowledge for Sea Kayakers.

Trained or untrained? Which are you........?

Launch location Suffolk
Departure time 10am.
Kayakers - Final times will be confirmed a week prior to the trip based on the tides at the launch site. See Guide Notes tab for final confirmed launch time.
Hikers - Departure time is as stated.
Equipment Notebook, pen, 1:50 000 scale map and compass.
Parking Included and free
STUTTON WEATHER

NOTES FROM YOUR COACH

Start for 10am sharp, please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start. The venue address for this course is confirmed as follows;

NOMAD Sea Kayaking
3 Station Cottage
Station Yard
Darsham
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP17 3PN

Please park at the top of the drive at or near the NSK orange flag; please don't block any entrances or drives. Walk down the gravel drive to the last cottage, an orange flag at the front. Thank you.

Please bring along the following for your course (if you have them);

  • All your current trip planning materials i.e. maps, charts, chinograph, pencil, parallel rule, protractor, handheld compass et cetera.
  • Any data books such as nautical almanacs, tidal stream atlas, tide tables, east coast guide books, any other reference material you currently use.
  • Note pad and pen/pencil/ruler/eraser for taking notes and diagrams
  • Packed lunch.

Feel free to ring me on my direct line 07572 – 321 256 with any questions and I’ll see you all on Friday morning for a coffee.

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Using examples from Nomad’s own trips, this eye-opening yet easily understood course walks you through the planning considerations that underpin every trip. Using sources of freely available information plus an ordinary map and compass, you’re shown how that information combines to provide properly informed decisions, necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable coastal paddle however short or long. No particular knowledge is assumed but the knowledge and confidence you’ll gain will place you head and shoulders above the average paddler in this respect. The very useful template provided will also allow you to quickly plan future trips, (not forgetting to re-check the latest weather forecast on the day!) e.g. Where’s the best place to launch and why? What times should you launch and return? How might the combined effect of wind and tide affect your plan? How do you use a map and compass to fix your position and monitor progress? What should you consider before deciding to cut across that short stretch of open water? How can an ordinary piece of string provide an essential planning tool? Which emergency bail-out points will provide a safe beaching and avoid you ending up in a worse situation, surrounded by acres of mud on a falling tide? All of this and more is delivered in Kurt’s informal but always professional style. Along with the accompanying real-life anecdotes, this course should be mandatory training for any aspiring kayaker. Thoroughly recommended.

− John Beales, Dec 2017

I  bet you're looking forward to using that shiny new kayak John now you have the tools to manage your own trip out. I think you'll find it very rewarding when your planning comes together for you. Thanks for your review John.

− NOMAD

Very useful course. Clear and well-paced instruction. This course has given me the confidence and the knowledge to plan simple trips and where to find all the relevant information needed.

− Jeromy Bosch, Sep 2016

Thanks Jeromy.

− NOMAD

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