Kayak Navigation & VHF Courses

Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning

Develop your sea kayak trip planning and navigation skills on this practical shore-based course.

Suitable for kayakers, divers and small boat users, or anyone, who wants to understand more about the tides and coastal navigation around Jersey and elsewhere.

The course includes weather, tides, chart work, trip planning and estimating tide streams, so you know how to select the best times and places to go afloat.

Option to add this course to the Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) training (moderate water/4 star training).

2019/2020 Dates. See our booking page.

This course can also be run on demand. Email me for other dates.

Sea Kayak Navigation. Putting Theory into Practice

Level: To get the most from the course you should have some sea kayaking experience. Suitable for sea kayakers who want to develop their on the water coastal navigation skills or tune up their existing knowledge and techniques through practical on the water-based scenarios.

Join us for two days of practical sea kayak navigation to turn theory into reality around the scenic coastline of Jersey.

Day one covers the British Canoeing (BC) Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course. We’ll then move onto the sea to apply your sea kayak navigation skills with a selection of on the water challenges.

Develop your map/chart reading skills and navigation techniques. Practice using transits, assessing speed and drift, allowing for tide streams and cross tides as well as micro navigation and perhaps paddling in low light/darkness.


Email me for dates.

Sea kayaks and essential navigation equipment supplied at no extra charge.

Open Water Navigation & Tidal Planning Training

A 1-day shore-based course for paddlers undertaking open-water journeys (including to islands over two nautical miles from shore) in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and including winds of up to force 5.

The course will give you the skills to plan and navigate safely in advanced waters and is a prerequisite for the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (5-star) training.

Candidates wishing to attend this course must have completed the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, or equivalent.

Derek can also run non-certificated training and refresher sessions.

Contact us for dates.

VHF Marine Radio Course for Kayakers

We’ve teamed up with Le Mourier in Jersey to offer the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) online VHF marine radio course.

The VHF marine radio is an essential safety device for anyone who plans to go sea kayaking. Knowing how to use your VHF correctly could be a lifesaver in an emergency.

Before you can complete your Sea Kayak Leader assessment, you must be familiar with and understand the UK licencing requirements if you are based in the UK.

Once you have completed the training course (and have downloaded the paperwork!), you can arrange a 1½ hour theory and practical assessment in Jersey with Le Mourier.

If you are attending our Sea Kayak Leader training or assessment course, this is an ideal way to obtain your VHF marine radio certificate.

Online Course; £65 (includes the mandatory coursepack). Sign up for the online VHF course here. Plus, RYA assessment exam fee of £60 payable online in advance to the RYA.

Contact us to book your 1½ hour assessment with Le Mourier in Jersey. Or, contact them directly.