Navigation; Trip Planning for Sea Kayakers

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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 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.

Each student is provided with the NOMAD Sea Kayaking trip planning template, allowing 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. This course is indoors and unaffected by weather conditions.

Which is you - Trained or untrained?

Review - J. Beales, 17th December 2017
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.

Kayaking Courses Available

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

Introduction to Kayaking

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Intermediate Sea Kayaking

Learn to Eskimo Roll

Advanced Basics - Two Days

Coaching 1-2-1

Location

Launch location

Suffolk

Next Departure time

5th November 2021, 10:00 AM

Equipment

Notebook, pen, 1:50 000 scale map and compass if you have these.

Parking

Free on site.

Additional Notes

Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NOMAD Sea Kayaking trips, courses, wild camps and events. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance at the start of your course.