Sea Kayaking Coastal Navigation and Rescue Day

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Navigation and Rescue Day

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Training will be classroom based in the morning but with lots of hands on practical, and in the afternoon on the sea taking part in a number of rescues to keep yourself and others safe on the water. The emphasis of this course is an introduction to tides, how to predict them and how they work. In addition to this it will give you the skills to plan coastal journeys in areas that are affected by tidal movement. This planning will include the use of Tidal Streams Atlas’s, Pilots, Charts and Ordnance Survey Maps. Having learned how to plan these coastal journeys we will also look at key navigation techniques to ensure that you can stay on route during your journey! 


Course aims 

The aim of this course is to give the guests the tools to enable them to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions and look after themselves as well as others in their group. This will include the following aspects; 

  • To interpret sources of information including maps, charts, coastal pilots and tide tables 
  • To navigate on the water using visual references and simple pilotage techniques e.g. transits and dead reckoning 
  • Effective use of a compass 
  • To be able to source, interpret and apply weather information to the coastal environment.
  • Guests should be made aware of the role of the Coastguard and the value of liaising with them 
  • Be able to safety rescue a capsized swimmer from deep water.
  • Self-rescue yourself in a capsize. 
  • Use a sea kayaking towing system. 
  • Understand the correct use of handheld VHF radios and flares. 


Basic kayaking skills will be required.