Date: March 23
Location: Anglesey, Wales
Description: The aim of this one-day classroom based training program is to give participants the necessary tools to plan and navigate effectively on open water journeys in advanced sea conditions. It is suitable for paddlers wishing to improve their seamanship knowledge and ocean awareness in order to undertake challenging journeys that may include islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or winds of up to force 5 .
Upon completion, each participant should have planned at least two journeys involving open crossings that they can take home as reference for further personal trip planning. This course is designed to compliment areas covered in the BCU 5 Star Sea Award and is a prerequisite for the training course.
The course will include the following aspects:
• Interpreting sources of information required to plan trips.
• Vector calculations and applying them to open crossings.
• Tactics for negotiating coastlines with no landing zones and /or tide races and overfalls.
• Advanced pilotage techniques in poor visibility or hours of darkness.
• The role of the coastguard.
• Planning tasks and practical exercises.
Prerequisites: Completion of a BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, or recognised equivalent.
Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail email@example.com.