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Kayak navigation and trip planning class

We'll be discussing basic elements of kayak navigation, including using navigation tools, evaluating tides and currents, forecasting wind and weather, locating yourself on the water, and using all of this information to plan safe and easy trips. This is an introductory class and no prior navigation experience is required. The course will be five successive Tuesday nights from 7 to 9. PLEASE do not sign up if you can't make at least four of the classes.

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  • Dennis C

    Audra asked about what is really important to have for basic kayak navigation and where to get it. I think the essentials are a chart of the area you are going to (ideally something that can be folded to a small enough size to fit on your deck at 1:40,000 scale or so), a waterproof chart holder that can be clipped in place, a compass (best if it's useful both as a steering and bearing compass), a set of tide and current tables, and a watch. This is enough for day trips where you can navigate by line of sight. For longer and more complex trips, add a set of binoculars (small 8X30 waterproof) and a GPS (handheld color mapping if possible). The dividers and parallel rules we have been using are important for trip planning, although a more compact set is a good addition to your nav setup. As far as where to get this stuff, I really like the guys at Northwest Outdoor Center on the west side of Lake Union. Much of it is also available at the major marine stores or REI.

    January 25, 2013

  • Vladi

    There are 5 sessions on the calendar running every Tuesday from today to Feb 12th. It sounds like each session is continuation of the previous one, and even though I was confirmed for the last session, actually I am not going and shall consider it to be on the waiting list (just checking)...With all the 27 people on the waiting list, perhaps we can do something in the mean time. Any ideas?

    January 15, 2013

  • Dennis C

    I hope that those confirmed for the class received an e-mail from me earlier today. Just in case, please bring any navigation tools you have (handheld compasses, dividers, parallel rules, course calculators). Let me know if you're not going to make it. Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

    January 13, 2013

  • dan h.

    When the next class ?

    January 9, 2013

  • Kate D

    This is an excellent plan, Dennis seeing such a big interest here. I'm looking forward to getting into your next class. Most other navigational classes I've seen and done are much shorter and require less commitment. Have you a practicum included? Someplace more forgiving than Deception Pass? Also, My sail boating buddies have had negative experiences with kayakers on Lake Union who don't understand right of way, etc. I'm hoping that a class like this will help with the image not to mention safety issues.

    January 8, 2013

  • Dennis C

    Okay, I guess I blew this. My intent is that people sign up for the entire series by signing up for the first night. This means that the eight who are confirmed are Ted, Larry M, Susanww, Paige, Les, Jeff, and V. I am also adding Audra, who is an Assistant Organizer. Everyone else is on the waiting list. Given the interest in the class, I will plan to offer it again this winter for those unable to join us this time.

    January 8, 2013

  • Kate D

    I guess I'm not not coming, made the comment below and didn't effectively sign up. Maybe another time.

    January 8, 2013

  • Audra

    Could you open this up for more assistant organizers to be able to come?

    January 7, 2013

  • Kate D

    I have had some similar classes in the San Fransisco area years ago and need to regain what I forgot as well as my confidence. I would love to carpool over from Jefferson County, but can get there via the Bainbridge Ferry and #28 bus. I'm not ready to develop a float plan to get there from Marrowstone Island yet.

    January 7, 2013

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