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Kayak Navigation for Coastal Paddlers
Do you have the skills to find where you are if caught in a fog?
I recently held two one day workshops teaching kayak navigation to some wonderful people with different levles of kayaking skills. One workshop member had been paddling for quite a few years and had never read a chart or plotted a course and one was a first time kayak owner, and everyone else had experiences somewhere between.
Every member felt that they learned skills that offered them the ability to be more safe when they go paddling in the future. They had a chance to learn how to gauge distances on water and wind speeds, practice using ranges to maintain courses, learning to use a hand-held compass and a kayak compass.
Please review your personal skills. Evaluate whether you have been using someone else's skills or yours are strong enough to to plot your own courses and back-up courses so you always come home safely. If you need a course, book a customized workshop based on your needs this winter!
Here is one person's comments:
I can’t thank you enough for the most informative navigation and safety course on Saturday! It never occurred to me the preparedness one should have when setting out on a trip, short or long, but it is all very logical and takes 15 minutes to do. Being brand new to the kayaking world, your gift as a teacher made it very easy for me to understand how to read a nautical chart, calculate distances both visually and on a map, the importance of a float plan, how to “read” the water, the importance of having and understanding how to read a compass and courteous behavior to larger vessels. Your course is a “must have” for all kayakers! Thank you so very much and I look forward to kayaking in the spring!