Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course – British Canoeing

Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course - British Canoeing

£ 85

Perth, Scotland

Beginner & Intermediate
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 16
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 85

Activity Highlights:

Embark on a journey of maritime mastery with our Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course, accredited by British Canoeing. This course is essential training for paddlers planning coastal journeys and is especially vital for those aspiring to achieve the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award or Coastal Stand Up Paddleboard Leader Award.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 day, 9am-5pm
  • Age Requirement: Adults (16+)
  • British Canoeing Qualification: Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning
  • Price: £85 per person

Key Skills

This course focuses on developing crucial navigational skills for safe sea paddling, including:

  • Interpreting maps, charts, coastal pilots, and tide tables.
  • Visual navigation using transits and dead reckoning.
  • Effective compass use.
  • Understanding and applying weather information to coastal environments.
  • Awareness of the role of the Coastguard and the importance of communication.

Course Breakdown

The course is comprehensive, covering several key aspects:

  1. Navigational Tools: Understanding and using various sources of maritime information.
  2. Practical Navigation: Hands-on training in visual navigation techniques and compass usage.
  3. Weather Interpretation: Learning how to read and apply weather data for sea journeys.
  4. Safety Communication: Insights into liaising with the Coastguard for safe coastal paddling.
  5. Trip Planning: Each candidate will plan at least 2 open water crossings, gaining practical experience in trip planning for sea areas.


We are ideally situated in Perthshire, close to Perth City Centre. Our serene location near the River Tay provides a picturesque setting for learning and adventure.

We will send you the precise meeting point upon booking, but you can view our location on the map at the bottom of this page, and there is more information on how to reach us in the FAQs on this page.


No specific prerequisites are required, making the course accessible for paddlers of all skill levels interested in coastal navigation.

Why Choose Us?

Our Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and enjoyable sea paddling. With our experienced instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to comprehensive maritime education, we ensure that every participant leaves well-prepared for their sea kayaking or paddleboarding adventures.

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What's Included:

  • Expert instruction in coastal navigation and tidal planning.
  • Access to necessary navigation tools and resources for training.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes (old trainers will do).
  • Meals and drinks.


Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

The centre is located in the heart of Perthshire, a short distance from Perth City Centre. You can find us on the banks of the River Tay, with signage to guide you in from major routes.

We will send you the precise address and postcode upon booking, but here is a summary to help you plan your visit:

  • By Foot: From Perth City Centre, you have two options:
    • Take the scenic riverside walk from Rodney Gardens, noting it can be muddy in winter or a wildflower path in summer. Be mindful of high tide times, as the path isn’t accessible one hour either side of high tide. This path’s conditions can vary.
    • For a firmer path, cross South Street bridge, turn right onto Dundee Road, and follow the pavement directly to the centre.
  • By Car: Use the postcode provided Sat Nav.
    • From Dundee, take A90, then A85, staying on Dundee Rd and look for brown tourist signs.
    • From Perth, go over South Street bridge, right on Dundee Rd/A85.
    • From Edinburgh, take M90, exit at Junction 11 for A85, and follow the signs.
  • By Bike: A cycle lane is available along Dundee Road, suitable for experienced cyclists. You can also follow the riverside walk, but may need to dismount in places. Secure bike storage is planned for the future.
  • By Bus: Perth City Centre has bus stops about a 40-minute walk from our centre. A limited bus service stops at Walnut Grove, a 5-minute walk away, and an electric bus stop is directly outside our centre. Check Google Maps for the latest schedules and stops with the provided postcode.

This course is ideal for those planning sea paddling trips, and a prerequisite for British Canoeing Sea Kayak and Coastal SUP Leader Awards.

Skills include map and chart interpretation, navigational techniques, weather information application, and communication with the Coastguard.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts