Intro to Coastal Kayaking - Planning & Navigation

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Trip dates: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

This is Part 3 of a 3-Part instructional series designed to introduce paddlers to kayaking along the ocean coast.

In this session, we will focus on planning and preparing for a day trip along the coast. We will meet on Zoom a few days before the class and go over nautical charts, tides, weather, and contingency planning. We'll assign everyone homework to plan our trip along the coast. On the day of the class, we'll discuss our plans and then navigate along our chosen route.

This is not a full-fledged navigation clinic (we offer that in a different class) but an introduction to the trip planning process and the basics of navigation along the coast.

This is NOT a beginner kayaking course. This is a course for paddlers who are comfortable exploring lakes, rivers, and tidal estuaries in their kayak but would like to venture into coastal environments.

The class requires participants to own or have access to a kayak 14' or longer with sealed compartments in both the bow and stern, perimeter deck lines, and a cockpit suitable for a spray deck. Participants must have a paddle, PFD, paddle float, and pump.

We do not offer rentals with this class, but we can assist you in arranging rentals with one of the area outfitters.

While we encourage participants to attend all 3 sessions, you are free to register for a single session if you choose.

We require participants to adhere to COVID protocols while participating in this class. Masks will be required on-shore when loading and unloading and social distancing will be observed throughout the class.

Participant screening is required. We will contact you after you register to make sure that this class is right for you.

Trip details

Trip region: 
Massachusetts, Boston Area
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Marty Jensen

Marty's first kayak was a skin-on-frame kit he built with his Dad when he was 14. He's been paddling small boats ever since. He has been an AMC member for more years than he can remember but only recently started volunteering as a sea kayak trip leader. He holds ACA Trip Leader and ACA L2 Coastal Kayak Instructor certifications.

Trip location: 
South Shore
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Trip difficulty: 


Adults (18+)


Registration required: 


Creation date: 
2021-04-20 00:40:59.0
Last updated: 
2021-05-03 07:39:10.58