A challenging full-day on-water session putting into practice the theory delivered through the following monthly PaddleNSW webinars (7:30-9:00pm) leading up to it. The webinars are as follows
• TUESDAY 16 AUGUST – Tools of the Trade and how to use them: https://meet.goto.com/871933341
Covers compass types and their related issues; plotting instruments, GPS including upsides and downsides; communication devices such as hand-held VHF, PLBs, EPIRBs, InReach, SPOT, etc; mapping software; kamals: and more.
• TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER – Chart and Map Interpretation: https://meet.goto.com/739487429
Covers feature recognition (such as landmarks), recognising hazards (natural and manmade), chart datum, intertidal areas, land and sea contours, fixing positions using latitude and longitude (charts)/eastings and northings (topographical maps), scale.
• TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER – Dealing with Natural Phenomena: https://meet.goto.com/361819861
Covers winds, tides and currents, ocean swells (size and period), etc, etc. and the related considerations for kayak expeditioners
• TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER – Navigating from the Cockpit: https://meet.goto.com/789562277
Piloting and Dead Reckoning: the art of knowing where you are and where you need to get to in a safe and timely manner
When coupled with the theory sessions, participants will be equipped to satisfy the navigational aspects within the planning requirements related to PaddleAustralia’s Sea Skills award (Risk Management, as a topic, will not be covered).
The session will be conducted in sea kayaks. It is assumed that participants will bring their own, however, sea kayaks will be available for hire (see below). Spray skirts will need to be worn.
Paddling distance is unlikely to exceed 20km and there will be at least one generous land break during the session.
Participants will be encouraged to bring their own compasses along with them however loan compasses will be available on the day.
Registrants will be required to complete some pre-session tasks and in order to do so will be provided with a .pdf of maps and charts of the area in which the session is to be held.
Location for the session is yet to be decided but will be conducted in a waterway extending from Broken Bay in the north to Port Hacking in the south and the waterways in between (i.e. Sydney Harbour or Botany Bay). Participants can expect some elements of the session to be conducted in the exposed areas of the waterway in which the session is being conducted
The cost of attending the session will be $195/p and will include the supply of incidental items required for the session. Sea kayaks and related kit (skirt, life jacket and paddle) are available for hire at $95.00 for the day.