Navigation Fundamentals

Navigation Fundamentals (1.5 Day class)

Location:  Portland, OR, United States
Starting From: US $125.00

This 1.5 day course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys. The aim of this course is to give the student the tools to enable them to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys.

Outline:  Navigation Fundamentals

  • Interpret sources of information including maps, charts, coastal pilots and tide tables.
  • Navigate on the water using visual references and simple pilotage techniques e.g. transits, dead reckoning and a compass.
  • Be able to source, interpret and apply a weather forecast to the marine environment
  • Understand tides and currents
  • Become aware of the range of resources required to plan trips
  • Take new skills to the water for a half day of practical application

Length: 1.5 Days - 8 Hours (one evening classroom plus one on water day)


 This 1.5 day course  is essential for any sea paddler.  Learn and apply basic navigation and seamanship concepts in a real world environment with the assistence of a highly trained coach at your side. 

In the evening classroom session we will establish some key concepts and rules of the road while learning to read charts and tidal information. 

On the water later that weekend use your new skills on the water paddling with a group.  Learn to read a chart on the deck of a kayak.  Apply navigation knowledge to the real world and pull all the pieces together for a memorable learning experience!   

Things To Bring

All necessary paddling gear plus any navigation tools you have access to.  (ie. charts, hand compass, deck compass, chart case, GPS, etc...)

Please call us if you have questions or need to borrow ANY gear.   

If you are un-able to bring the items listed below please let us know as we can provide them if needed. We typiaclly provide immersion wear in the form of either a neoprene wetsuit or nylon drysuit with latex gasket seals and neoprene boots.

Only in the hottest summer months do we run courses without some form of immersion wear. The water is cold year round so you will need to bring layers to wear under the suits provided.

  • Sunglasses with retention device (i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)
  • NO COTTON Synthetic top and bottom layers (thermal underwear, heavier wt. for cooler weather)
  • Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit for warmer days
  • Hiking style wool or synthetic socks
  • Water bottle
  • LUNCH small enough to pack into the boats
  • Towel and change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Water proof camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • River shoes or booties
  • Tow belt
  • Rescue gear
  • Spare Paddle
  • Bilge Pump


any gear needed upon request


Gratuity:  It's NEVER expected but always appreciated.  If you feel your coaches / guides have done an exceptional job and made your experience a memorable one, then you can certainly show your appreciation by giving a tip. The amount is totally up to you. Many people believe that anyone in a service type of job (like restaurant and hotel employees, hair dressers and dog groomers, etc.) should get between 10-20% of the total cost of the service. That is not to say that’s what we suggest, but that’s what most people tip when they do tip. So, for instance, if your trip was $200.00, and your guide made your experience a memorable one, a $20-$40 tip would be generous and greatly appreciated!

If your coach / guide was so exceptional that you want him or her to be your guide on all future trips, simply request them at the time you make your reservation.  While we cannot promise he/she will be available, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your request.

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Cancellation Policy

The Pacific Northwest is a dynamic and often unpredictable environment. All activities are run/fun rain or shine. All programs are conditions dependent and may change at any time at our discretion. In order to keep our programs affordable a minimum number of participants may be required. If we are unable to fill a program to a minimum requirement level we reserve the right to cancel the program. A full refund will be provided in the event of a cancelled or re-scheduled activity upon request. Please allow 48 hour notice for any cancellations or changes in your reservation. Give us a call at 503-285-0464. Cancellations within 48 hours of the program are NOT refundable.  To re-schedule a class you have cancelled within the restricted 48 hour period we will gladly credit you 50% towards the rescheduled class.  Thank you for signing up!  Please let us know if you have questions about this or any other policy here at Alder Creek. 


-The first night's classroom session meets at the Boathouse location near OMSI. (1515 SE Water Ave) Meet at 7pm

- The on water portion of the class on day 2 is offered at our Portland location on Jantzen Beach on flat water.

Additional Locations

Booking for [5/12/17 7pm , 5/13/17 10-2pm ] on January 01, 1970
Duration: 1.5 days Availability: Sorry, there is no availability left for this option

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