CNTP Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning


This course is for all paddlers and coaches that operate in tidal water or for those who want to gain confidence and start planning journeys in coastal areas affected by tide.  This includes paddling to islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore with areas of tidal movement of up to 2 knots and winds of up to force 4.

The aim of this course is to give paddlers the tools to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions. This will include the following aspects:

-To interpret sources of information including maps, charts, coastal pilots and tide tables
-To navigate on the water using visual references and simple pilotage techniques e.g. transits, dead reckoning and a compass
-To be able to source, interpret and apply a weather forecast to the marine environment
-By the end of the course each student should have planned at least 2 coastal journeys that they can take home as references for further trip planning
-Students should also be aware of the range of resources they require to plan trips in the coastal environment

The certificate is one of the prerequisites before attending a Sea Kayak Leader Assessment. Should you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.


Meeting point: Hightide Kayak School


Please get in touch if you’re interested in attending this course.
Our current availability can be seen through the “book now” button. If you can’t find your dates, please write and we’ll do what we can to fit you in.


An interest in learning the theory behind our journeying on the Sea.

What’s included

Experienced coach, small group ratios

What to bring with you

Writing materials and notebook and something for lunch.


Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems.

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