Paddle with Maps Day


Take your maps out on the sea and learn how to navigate in a real environment.

The perfect practical accompaniment to our Weather and Tide Awareness day, in this course we will take our OS maps out on the sea and learn how things translate from paper into real life.

1 day course

All equipment provided

Learn how to navigate safely at sea

On-site camping and Accommodation

From £120 per day + 6% booking fee

Details & Itinerary

The sea is a dynamic and exposed environment and changes like fog or an increase in conditions can appear as if from nowhere.

It is important for us as sea kayakers to know where we are at all times so that we can easily navigate back to safety. Also important is to be able to identify our current location should we need to let someone know where we are.

In this course, we start the day in our training room going over the basics of OS maps and navigation techniques relevant to sea kayaking at this level.

We’ll then take our maps out onto the sea and spend the day applying these invaluable skills in a real environment.

What we will cover:
  • Identifying key features on OS maps
  • Predicting where conditions may
  • Change based on the topography of
  • Where we’re paddling
  • How to use a compass
  • Taking and paddling on a bearing
  • Navigating back to safety in low visibility
  • Pinpointing your location on the map
  • Providing a grid reference for your location
What you should bring:


  • Lunch is not provided, please bring your own packed lunch and any other snacks you require for the day/course (in a suitable container to be taken on the kayaks i.e plastic food container)
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Drinking water
  • Hat

On cold days: Bring a jumper or fleece that you don’t mind getting wet.

On hot days: You might wish to bring clothes to wear kayaking that you don’t mind getting wet (much more comfortable than a wetsuit). The kayak coach will advise on this during the introductory talk.

What we provide:

Top-quality instruction and leadership from our qualified coaches
Small coach to group ratio of 1:2 or 2:4
We will provide all equipment you need or you are welcome to use your own.

We will have available:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • Wetsuits
  • Windproofs
  • Drysuits (in winter and on particularly cold days)
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Spray Skirts
  • Dry Bags
  • Helmets
  • Towlines
  • Map Cases

Your coach will discuss this with you on arrival and can provide anything extra you require.

Minimum participants to run: 1

All of our courses are guaranteed to run with only one person booking.

You can book your course safe in the knowledge that it will run, even if it’s only yourself booked on!


Want to know why we’re operating this way?

We have many years of experience in the kayaking world and we have all been frustrated when we book a course and make plans around it, only to be told shortly before that the course will not be running due to low participant numbers.

We want to be as customer-focused as possible. We have committed to running all courses even if only one person has booked.

Yes, this does mean we are operating at a loss in these instances, but we think you’ll be so impressed with the service we offer that you will be returning and bringing friends with you in the future!

And it’s a day out at sea doing something that we are passionate about, so we all win!

Taught By Experts

A passionate team that is dedicated to helping customers on their personal journey in kayaking.

Small instructor to group ratios to ensure you get the personal attention you need.

All Kayaking Equipment Included

We can provide everything you need including wetsuits, windproofs, paddles, buoyancy aids and kayaks. Your coach will discuss this with you when meeting you and get anything extra you require.