British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

1 day

Age 16+

This course is aimed at developing concepts associated with planning day long sea kayak journeys in coastal waters and covers topics including tides, weather forecasting & trip planning. Emphasise will be placed on planning trips to take you further off shore and include open crossings.

Whilst this is a classroom-based course we will endeavour to make it as practical as possible. After a rec-cap of the instruments we use for trip planning (including dividers, plotters, almanacs, maps and charts) we will hand over the learning to you and get hands on. Specific attention will be made to tidal predications and in particular; the way to work out tidal flow rates and shape tidal vectors for longer passages. We will also spend a proportion of time studying weather forecasts and how this may affect waters lying further offshore.

By the end of the course you will have had the opportunity to plan two full day trips which you are encouraged to take away with you and use in the future.

Course Pre-requisites

It is recommended that you have attended the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course or a RYA equivalent (RYA Day Skipper shore based certificate).

Equipment and Kit Information

British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning - Kit Info

Paddlesports has been voted the fastest growing water-sport in the UK for the 4th year running and we are proud at sportscotland Cumbrae to be at the heart of these developments. The Centre is in a perfect location for Sea Kayaking and we have a wide range of modern equipment from some the UK’s leading manufactures including P&H Sea Kayaks & Werner Paddles.

Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suits, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aids, spray decks and cag tops are available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. You are of course welcome to use any of your own equipment, just run this past your coaching team. Time will be spent on this course talking through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of what is best for the sea conditions you are likely to encounter.

You may also want to bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks – even in July! Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.

Plastic. The time is right to highlight the devastating effect that plastic is having on our fragile marine environment. In an effort to reduce this burden we are making small steps and ask that our customers refrain from bringing plastic bags or plastic bottles on this course. Pack lunches will be provided and opportunities to fill up water bottles and flasks will be given at the start of the course.

Daily Schedule

British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning - Schedule

On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.

Main timings of our day are:

Meals times

Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs

All meals are served in the dining area.

Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.

Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.

Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.

If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not taking any course bookings at the moment. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact

Booking Options

Lunch included.

No places left? No problems! We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
11 Sep 20 £105 -


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