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River Hazards & How To Survive Them

I learned the hard way, why, at certain times of the year – during spring flooding primarily – our local river…

Tags: Kayak, Canoe, navigation

Buoy & Marker Messages

"Red Sky at Morning, Sailor take warning! Red sky at night, sailor's delight." Almost anyone who's ever s…

Tags: Safety

GPS Navigation: What can it do for you?

A handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver can be an extremely useful piece of navigation gear when p…

GPS – A Paddler's Convenient Nav' Tool

The access point on Lake Monson is at the head of a small inlet on the amoeba-shaped, glacial formed lake. Pad…

Compass Basics - The Marine Compass

By physical description, a "marine" compass is the dome-shaped bulb compass used by many boaters with a dial t…

Compass Basics for Kayaking

A discussion on the use of a compass from a kayaking standpoint begins with basic compass savvy and then advan…

Tags: Kayak, navigation, maps

Tide Charts

My first encounter with tides came one afternoon in Alaska. We entered a bay in our kayaks and sought out a gr…