Practical Navigation for Kayakers

This clinic teaches navigation in a clear and understandable way. Starting on land, there will be a theory session and then we will progress to the water to put our new knowledge to the test!
Jeff Burdison

Your personal Vancouver Island kayak guide, Certified Paddle Canada Instructor / Certified SKGABC Guide

    COST OF CLINIC – $79

    Location: Brickyard Bay, Nanoose
    Dates:

    • February 19, 10:00-15:00
    • March 5, 10:00-15:00
    • March 19 10:00-15:00
    • May 13, 10:00-15:00

    *June 1 – September 14  [contact me to determine availability]

    This clinic will be 5 hours in duration including a lunch break.  Alternate dates may be available with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 6.

    If interested, complete the form below and I will contact you.

    In this clinic you will learn to:

    • Charts: latitude and longitude, waypoints, distance measurement, what the different colours mean,
      what chart 1 is and how to use it, scale, compass rose, magnetic variation and more.
    • Navigation: piloting, hand railing, backstops, deductive reckoning using time, speed and distance, aiming off
      ranges, transits, lines of position, bisects, triangulation and more.
    • On water exercises: hand and deck compass use, cockpit plotter use, where am I, what is that, bisects, triangulation

    Required equipment and gear:

    • Handheld compass [preferably folding type with mirror]
    • Deck compass
    • Chart # 3459 Approaches to Nanoose Harbour
    • Chart case with carabiners attached
    • Cockpit plotter with small string installed thru centre
    • Ruler
    • Pencil/pen
    • notepad
    • kayak wheels if you have them [ launch is about 300 meters down a gravel path ]

    The above items could be shared between 2 people, but it’s always best to have your own. Contact me if you have a problem sourcing these items.

    Some places to look: Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Harbour Chandler, Pacific Net and Twine, Beachcomber marina, Independent Shipwrights, MEC, Comox Valley Kayaks

    ****PRIOR TO CLINIC YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CHART PREPARED WITH MAGNETIC LINES AND FOLDED INTO YOUR CHART CASE. I HAVE INCLUDED LINKS ON THE WEBSITE TO WATCH 2 INSTRUCTIONAL YOUTUBE VIDEOS FOR THIS.****

    Optional gear*:

    • Drysuit or wetsuit.
    • Neoprene hat.
    • Neoprene gloves.

    *Limited supply of equipment and gear available for rent at reasonable rates.

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