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Tim G

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Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« on: December 02, 2018, 12:48:37 PM »

Hi Folks,

I'm considering leading one or more sea kayak navigation workshops this winter.  If folks are interested, please let me know - the material could range from introductory to advanced depending on the needs and interest of the group.  Sessions would likely take place on a Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of South Kingstown.

Best,

Tim Gleason
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ars139

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2018, 05:22:09 PM »

I could potentially be interested.
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jay

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2018, 06:12:31 PM »

I need to check this more often, I'd be interested.

cheers, Jay
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mbhazeltine

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2018, 02:54:09 PM »

I am interested.
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Tim G

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 11:55:51 AM »

Hi Folks,

The first Navigation session will be in the up stairs meeting room of the Kingston Free Library, Saturday, January 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. 
      http://www.southkingstownri.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Kingston-Free-Library-25
      Kingston Free Library
      2605 Kingstown Road
      Kingston, RI 02881

This session will begin with very basics of reading a chart, using a compass, variation, tides...

Bring - simple base plate compass and a chart if you have one.

optional/recommended resources:

Ferraro, F. 2007. Sea Kayak Navigation. 2nd ed. Pesda Press - clear and accessible - highly recommended

Eldridge Tide and Pilot book, 2019

If there is interest, we'll have a second session to review and move on to more advanced topics on Saturday, February 23, 1:00-4:00.  Same location

Any questions - send an e-mail to gleasont63@gmail.com

Best,

Tim
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Wfournier

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2019, 05:18:40 PM »

Hi,
Sounds good, see you then.
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Cat

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2019, 11:34:36 PM »

Hi Tim, I'd like to participate.  See you on the 26th.
Thanks,
Cat
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Tim G

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2019, 11:37:42 AM »

Hi Folks,

  Just a reminder of the sea kayak navigation workshop this Saturday, January 26, 1:00-4:00 at the Kingston Free library - detail in post from 12/29.  All are welcome.

Best,

Tim
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mbhazeltine

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2019, 10:11:24 AM »

See you there - looking forward to it
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Tim G

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop - follow up and references
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2019, 04:38:14 PM »

Hi Folks,

Good work today.  Continue to practice - if you can get to a shore line near you with a chart - practice taking bearings on features to identify your location on the chart - practice working from magnetic bearings to true bearings and vice versa.  Send along any questions.

 Here are the references that we talked about at today's session

synoptic weather charts:  https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/#page=ovw - lots of info here - I like to use the Fronts tab to look at the synoptic forecast over time.  Note times are Zulu time - 12:00 Zulu = 7:00 Eastern

NOAA marine forecast: https://www.weather.gov/box/

Wind guru: https://www.windguru.cz/23024

We didn't talk about other sources of environmental info today, but there is a network of bouys that provide wave and wind conditions off shore - NERACOOS is the organization: http://www.neracoos.org/realtime_map - we'll talk about this next time

also you can get surf info from Magic seaweed: https://magicseaweed.com/New-England-Surf-Forecast/21/

The two books are referenced in an earlier post.  I highly recommend Ferraro 2007 - it covers what you need to navigate as a kayaker.  Eldridge can take a little time to get comfortable with - so work with it a little bit.

See you on Feb 23rd.

Best,

Tim



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johnjharkey

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2019, 03:06:29 PM »

Yes, Tim, I am absolutely interested in a nav course. I've had basic but want to sharpen up with a review.
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Tim G

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2019, 07:50:30 AM »

Hi John and others.

The next nav session is Saturday, Feb 23.  Last time we covered the info in charts that is most germane to kayaking, reviewed how to use a hand-held compass - bearings, magnetic and true north, how to use ranges or transits - and how to plot a course, all stuff that you've already been exposed to.  We touched ever so briefly on weather - all the info sources that we discussed are now posted on the message board.  In Feb, we'll do a quick review of the first session, go a bit more into weather and then introduce navigating with currents.  Ferraro 2007, is an excellent and very accessible source that covers all that you need for sea kayak navigation.

Best,

Tim
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Tim G

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Re: Sea Kayak Navigation Workshop additional materials
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2019, 04:56:25 PM »

Hi Folks,

  Thanks for participating.  Keep practicing and send along questions and comments.  Looking forward to practicing during the upcoming paddling season. The other references introduced today were:

      NOAA tidal current webpage: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaacurrents/Regions

      Gordon Brown. 2013. Sea Kayak: A manual for intermediate and advanced sea kayakers. Pesda Press.

      Nigel Foster. 2017. The Art of Kayaking: everything you need to know about paddling. Falcon Guides, Guilford, CT.

Best,

Tim

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