Tuesday, January 08, 2013

BCU Course: Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

We offer a number of BCU training and assessment courses across the UK, US and Europe. Please visit our Events page to see when classes you can join in on might be running. These programmes are also available on demand for groups of friends and clubs so get in touch to discuss dates. Here is one such course we provide - Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning.

Dates: Please see our events page for published dates.

Location: Various

Description: The aim of this one-day classroom based program is to give participants the necessary tools to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate ocean conditions. It is suitable for paddlers wishing to improve their seamanship knowledge and ocean awareness in order to carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement of 2 knots and winds of up to force 4. 

Upon completion, each student should have planned at least two coastal journeys that they can take home as reference for further personal trip planning. This course is designed to compliment areas covered in the BCU 4 Star Sea Award training and is a prerequisite for the BCU 4 Star Sea assessment

The course will include the following aspects:

• Obtaining a weather forecast
• Understanding tides and currents
• Identifying conditions and their effects on a journey
• Interpreting sources of information required to plan trips
• Simple pilotage techniques
• The role of the coastguard
• Planning tasks and practical exercises

Prerequisites: An understanding of chartwork and practical navigation.

Essential Student Resources: Participants need to bring the following items - Silva Type 4 compass or similar. 2B Pencils & Eraser. 30 cm Ruler. Note pad. Personal charts and Topographic maps. Sea kayak navigation aid.

Recommended Reading: Please feel free to bring any other books that have helped you with this subject

• BCU Coaching Handbook (Chapter 15 - Sea Kayaking) - Franco Ferrero, Pesda Press.
• Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation - David Burch, Globe Pequot.
• Sea Kayak Navigation - Franco Ferrero, Pesda Press.
• Welsh Sea Kayaking - Jim Krawiecki & Andy Biggs, Pesda Press.

BCU Information: For syllabus details, visit the BCU website.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail: info@greenlandorbust.org.

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