Choose a paddling area - Consider sea and land features, exposure to tidal streams, no landing zones, busy harbours
Obtain a weather forecast
- Choose a suitable source, using the most recent issue - Consider the weather patterns of the previous 48 hours
Look at the tidal picture - Interpret the sources of information to gain an impression of the likely conditions
Consider the day’s objectives - Time available, distance to travel (journeying v exploration), type of trip – A to B or return
Work out a detailed paddling plan - Start/ finish points, emergency bays - Alternative routes or paddling activities - Expected tidal stream, slack water times, existence of tidal gates - Distances, expected times of departure and arrival - Compass bearings
Prepare a list of personal/ group equipment
- Always take warm clothing, food and a hot drink, survival bag - Along with first aid kit, repair kit, flares, towline and spare paddles
Notify a shore contact of intended trip - Include details of route card, numbers in group (people/ boats), ETD and ETA - Notify shore contact again at the end of the day
- Consider when you might want to contact HM Coastguard
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The 4th UK Storm Gathering 2009 will by Sea Kayaking Cornwall over the weekend of 19th and 20th September. This will be a great opportunity to attend a variety of courses and to explore the beautiful Cornish coastline in the company of other paddlers.
On the Saturday participants can attend a selection of practical and theoretical clinics. All of these courses will take place in the Falmouth Bay area. Later on that evening there will be entertainment laid on preceded by a BBQ/meal. On the Sunday attendees will have the opportunity to explore, with day paddles along Cornwall's amazing coastline. These trips will be weather dependant, but it is hoped will take in 'The Lizard Peninsular' 'Lands End' and if the September Swells allow, sections of the North coast will also be accommodated.
The Symposium is based at Tregedna Farm a short walk from Swanpool Beach. There is top quality bunk house accommodation or camping available. We are limiting the numbers to 25 Full board and 45 Camping. Those wishing to join in will have the opportunity on the Friday evening and Saturday morning to decide on courses they would like to attend.