Open Water Navigation And Tidal Planning
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 1 Day
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Open Water Navigation And Tidal Planning

  • Paddle
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Advanced


This module is for you if you're journeying open waters, including islands, over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or including winds of up to force 5. You'll build on the skills you've already gained on the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course. It's a land based module delivers a number of practical planning exercises to give you the tools you need to plan and navigate safely in advanced water. Although it's theory-based, it's interactive, giving you plenty of opportunity to apply what you're learning.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

You'll build on your existing navigation and tidal planning skills and knowledge, learning how to;

  • Interpret sources of relevant information including maps, charts, coastal pilots, tide tables and tidal stream atlases
  • Apply the information in calculating vectors, and negotiating open crossings and/or coastlines with no landing zones and/or tide races and overfalls
  • Develop the necessary knowledge to navigate on the water using advanced pilotage techniques in poor visibility or hours of darkness.

By the end of the course, you'll have planned at least two open crossings to take away as references for further trip planning. You'll also have gained an awareness of the range of resources you need to plan trips in any sea area.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

We'll cover the foundation skills during the first part of the day; computation of rates, tidal vectors, three different ways to address planning for open crossings. You'll then get chance to apply them by planning a range of real-world crossings using actual charts and forecast data.

Experience Required

You must have attended a Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, or equivalent.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We'll provide all the necessary resources; practice maps and charts, compasses, line rules etc. And, naturally, an expert in their use to help you apply the principle to practical planning examples.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
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1 Days
Start Date
18th January, 2020
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This course will help you become

a more competent planner and navigator able to tackle larger open crossings in your sea kayak

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