Navigation; Trip Planning for Sea Kayakers

Charsfield, Suffolk
"Very enjoyable and useful course, should be a must-do for all aspiring sea kayakers. If you’re aiming to organise your..."
(2 customer reviews)
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Navigation; Trip Planning for Sea Kayakers

A classroom based course covering what you must know to plan a successful trip; wind, tide, topography etc. 

£99.99 p/seat

Do you find that you are afraid to go out because you don't understand the environment you want to paddle into?

Do you understand tides & 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 & understanding to make a decision 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 & compass, you’re shown how this information combines to provide properly informed decisions, necessary to ensure a safe & enjoyable coastal paddle however short or long. No particular knowledge is assumed but the knowledge & confidence you’ll gain will place you head & shoulders above the average paddler.

Each student is provided with the NOMAD Sea Kayaking trip planning template, allowing you to 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 & tide affect your plan? How do you use a map & compass to fix your position & 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 & avoid you ending up in a worse situation, surrounded by acres of mud on a falling tide? All of this & more delivered in informal & professional style. With accompanying real-life anecdotes, this course should be mandatory training for all aspiring kayaker.

This is an informative & crucial course for all kayakers. Invaluable, giving essential training and knowledge for Sea Kayakers. This course is indoors and unaffected by weather. Refreshments provided (tea/coffee & fresh home made bakes), toilets on site & FREE secure parking.

Which are you - Trained or untrained?

Kayaking Courses Available

Our courses have been designed to progress the paddler to build skills & experience.

Introduction to Kayaking

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Intermediate Sea Kayaking

Learn to Eskimo Roll

Advanced Basics - Two Days

Coaching 1-2-1

Nigel Walter

November 5th 2021

Very enjoyable and useful course, should be a must-do for all aspiring sea kayakers. If you’re aiming to organise your own trips or maybe thinking about looking into touring, this would be a great course to progress on from. Would love to see a part 2 to the course, maybe a practical day out on the water putting trip planning and navigation into practice...?

We do this with the Members exclusive winter sea kayaking trip Nigel so watch this space. Thanks for your feedback.


Jeff Nash

March 25th 2022

A great day that was well planned. I really enjoyed the exercises in the afternoon as it brought home the learning of the morning.


Launch location

Village Hall, IP13 7RG

Next Departure time

4th November 2022, 10:00 AM


Notebook, pencil, 1:50 000 scale map & compass if you have these.


FREE on site.

Additional Notes

The course is held in the village hall, parking is outside and free of charge. Tea and coffee and fresh home bakes are provided - please bring a packed lunch/snacks as required, kitchen available to heat food. There are toilets on site.

Please bring along any equipment you currently use for planning your trips. Finishes approximately 16H30 to 17H00.