We developed this course as an on-water counterpart to our Ocean Skills navigation workshop, but no prior navigation experience is required. Anyone with prior sea kayaking experience is welcome. The cost of using a kayak is included in the price, though you are also welcome to use your own. Students are asked to bring a handheld compass and a nautical chart of Casco Bay. These items are also available for purchase at Portland Paddle. (Sharing with one other person is okay). Skills learned: reading a nautical chart, plotting a course, taking a bearing, both onshore and on-water, following a bearing, crossing boating channels and high-traffic areas and dead reckoning. Please consider following up this course with Sea Kayak Navigation Fundamentals, Part II (July 22nd).
Sea Kayak Navigation, Part I
Spend a day on the water with our guides practicing some of the essential skills involved in sea kayak navigation. This course will prepare you to read a nautical chart, follow the rules of the road when crossing boat channels, and use a compass to plot a course. You’ll spend most of the day on the water getting firsthand experience applying these skills. The group will move at a modest pace and take many breaks, but all students should be prepared for a full day of paddling.