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 Beaufort 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.
Hightide Kayak School, Strandbad Bönigen, Lütschinenstrasse 24, 3806 Bönigen
By Public Transport
Bus 103 from Interlaken Trainstation Ost or West to Bönigen See (direction Iseltwald). Runs at :05 & :35 throughout the day taking 5 - 10mins. Check your times at http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html. Short walk (3mins) from the Busstop to the Strandbad. This bus is free with your guest card and runs every 30 minutes from Interlaken Ost or West.
Direction to Interlaken
Take the A8 to Interlaken. Exit at Bönigen, turn left on to Hauptstrasse and take the first exit at the roundabout on to Interlakenstrasse. After the bridge turn right in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.
Direction to Brienz
Take the A8 to Interlaken and Exit at A26 Interlaken Ost. Follow the signs to Bönigen. When you get to the bridge turn left in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.
From Interlaken Ost follow the signs to the boats. Turn right at the river and follow it along the trail signs towards Bönigen. Turn right after the camping sight and walk to the end of the road (around 35mins).
Please get in touch if you’re interested in attending this course.
An interest in learning the theory behind our journeying on the Sea.
Experienced coach, small group ratios
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. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.