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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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  • Lai

    What is the topic for today's class? Sorry, I don't have my agenda.

    January 29, 2013

    • Dennis C

      Tides and currents.

      January 29, 2013

  • 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

  • Les

    Dennis i still have not gotten on your email list for the Powerpoints

    Les ([masked])

    January 25, 2013

  • Audra

    Dennis can you share where to purchase compasses, what kind, rulers, gear to get started and maps

    January 25, 2013

  • Dennis C

    Okay, just to be absolutely clear, if you are signed up for the first night on January 15, there is no need to sign up for the remaining nights. If you are not on the "attending" list on January 15, you are on the waiting list for the class.

    January 13, 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

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