Navigation & Tidal Planning

| December 23, 2012

This Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning course is designed to give sea kayakers the ability to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys, in moderate sea conditions. This BCU course is suitable for paddlers with a BCU 3 star sea or equivalent skills and is a pre-requisite for the BCU 4 star sea leader award.

The course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots and winds of up to force 4. The course will include the following aspects:

  • To interpret sources of information including maps, charts, coastal pilots and tide tables.
  • To navigate on the water using visual references and simple pilotage techniques e.g. transits, dead reckoning and a compass.
  • To be able to source, interpret and apply a weather forecast to the marine environment.
  • By the end of the course each student should have planned at least 2 coastal journeys that they can take home as references for further trip planning.
  • Students should also be aware of the range of resources they require to plan trips in the coastal environment.

Pre-requisites: This is a classroom-based course and is suitable for paddlers with a BCU 3 star sea or equivalent skills.

 Sunday 20 Jan 2013 09.30 – 17.00

(Also available 26th and 27th January at the Seapoint Canoe Centre, on the south coast at Hythe near Folkestone, where Howard will be running a BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course and an Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning course respectively. Contact is Rob Davis, Centre Manager, Seapoint Canoe Centre, Tel. 07909517812 and email:

 Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre in London
, 235a Westferry Road, Docklands, London E14 3QS

 £65 per person + £10 payable to BCU if you like to receive a BCU certificate on completion of the course.

 All required equipment and reference materials will be provided and each student will get a training chart with at least two planned trips to keep for future reference.

 Mattias Altin and Howard Jeffs.

 Please contact Mattias Altin on for details on how to book or feel free to call on 07973832763 if you have any further questions.


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I enjoy exploring the UK’s wild spaces, rivers & seas, especially in & around London. I promote kayaking, canoeing & SUP opportunities across London at and I walk away from the beaten track at - Ian Tokelove