This course is aimed at all paddlers who journey along the coast or in large inland water ways such as Lough Erne, Strangford Lough and would like to develop and expand their navigation skills and knowledge. The course is generic in nature and applies to all disciplines of canoesport who journey in this environment. The sessions will be spent in the classroom but will be both practical and theory based.
Our aim is to show you practically how to apply coastal navigation theory so that it meets the needs of canoeists.
The coastal navigation module is a pre-requisite of 4 Star Leader Training Sea Kayaking.
There is no formal assessment however the success of the course greatly depends on the input of all course members.
Weather: cause and effect, understanding synoptic charts, Beaufort scale, sources, shipping forecast, and terminology
Tides: sources, springs and neaps, rule of 12ths & thirds, cause and effect, tidal ranges, overfalls and tidal races, and effect of wind
Sources of information: understanding maps and charts including symbols, orientation, taking bearings, fixes, transits, measurement, latitude and longitude. Understanding the application of pilots and sailing directions and transferring information on to a map
Application of navigation: taking a bearing afloat, calculating group speed, relating map information to the coastal environment, use of transits, dead reckoning and estimated position
↓ Who is the course for?
Paddlers at all levels who wish to learn or further develop their coastal navigation.
Paddlers wishing to attend their Sea kayak Leader Award Leader Training.
↓ Outline Programme
Arrive 09:15Course introduction, finalise the programmeThe morning will be spent developing the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and carry out coastal journeys, including islands up to two nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to two knots. Skills will include how to source and apply tidal and weather information, how to glean information from maps & charts eg measuring distance, taking compass bearings, hazard recognition, etc.All the coaching sessions will focus on how we can practically apply the theory of trip planning to navigation at sea in a sea kayak.
In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the morning by planning a series of coastal trips.Depart Centre at 5:00pm
↓ What equipment do I need to bring?
This course is classroom based. Please bring along a pen and paper.
↓ What does my course fee include?
The course fee includes instructions. Lunch included.