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British Canoeing. Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course. Newbury Ma.

April 22, 2017


The BC Coastal Navigation Course is the safety course prerequisite for the BCU 4 Star Sea Leader award.  This coastal Navigation course is a full 8 hour off water day in the class room.  You will receive a certificate from British Caning via Paddle Sports North America upon your successful completion of this course.

Registration is open.  Please register through Newbury Kayak and Canoe.  Call 978-465-0312 or email.

Course cost.  $150.00/pp

Course philosophy
This 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 is a prerequisite for those seeking their British Canoeing 4 Star Sea Leader Award.
However, anyone wishing to undertake journeys on the sea using a kayak would find the technical and theoretical aspects not only useful, but essential for safe travel in the marine environment!
This course is designed to complement the areas covered in the British Canoeing 4 Star Leader Training.
Course aims
The aim of this course is to give the student the tools to enable them to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions. This 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 and dead reckoning
  • Effective use of a compass
  • To be able to source, interpret and apply weather information to the coastal 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
  • To be aware of the range of resources required to plan trips in the coastal environment
  • Students should be made aware of the role of the Coastguard and the value of liaising with them.

The current syllabus and guidance notes for the BCU 4 Star Leader award can be found on the PNA and BC UK web sites.  The BC current syllabus and guidance notes can be found on the Paddle Sports North America web site  www.paddlesportsnorthamerica.org


April 22, 2017
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Newbury Kayak and Canoe
291 High Road (Rt. 1A)
Newbury, MA 01951 United States
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