Good planning is essential to a safe and successful kayak trip. The water may become a dangerous place with little warning even under the best of situations. Being aware of forecasted conditions and knowing what they mean can be essential in avoiding disaster. NACK provides the following trip planning resources to aid in managing risk and providing for a safe and enjoyable journey.

Communication Resources

One of the most useful pieces of safety gear for boaters is a marine radio. It can be used to monitor real-time weather information and to call for aid in the event of an on-water emergency. It is important to be familiar with proper protocols in advance of an emergency.

Marine radios may also be used for inter-group and intra-group communications to aid in managing groups of paddlers on the water. Marine radios operate on public use communication bands and should at no time be used for chatting or in an irresponsible manner. The links below can be useful in establishing safe and responsible marine communication protocols. Special thanks to member Sandy Noyes for asking us to post this information.

USCG Nav-Center Telecom Services
USCG Nav-Center Watchkeeping Regs
USCG Nav-Center Boater Comm Info

Tide Forecasting Resources

The following resources will aid in predicting local tides and tidal currents at known locations. Data for known tidal stations, in combination with local knowledge can be used to predict tidal variations at your favorite put-in.

NOAA Tides Online

SKSA-Ltd provides a handy directory to NOAA tide tables for us. The listing is comprehensive for the entire United States. To use it merely enter the required state then scroll to the station of interest.

L.I. Tidal Currents Tidal currents may be of great interest if you are paddling near an inlet or channel. So far, tidal current stations are generally only located in entrances to harbors where traffic levels are fairly high. This link will lead you to tidal current data for a number of discrete locations around Long Island. Each location gives offset data (time, speed ratio and direction) relative to a known reference station. You will then need to link to the table of predictions for the reference station and make the proper calculations for the times of interest.

Weather Forecasting Resources

The National Weather Service provides a myriad of forecasting information. First check the local forecast at Islip, LI or your favorite location. Then read the Marine Forecast for Long Island locations. The graphical forecast maps are quite useful for visualizing what is happening across the Long Island area and obtaining predictions of wind speed, direction and gusts for the next 12 hours. The Long Island Radar map can provide real time depiction of weather cell activity. For longer range predictions check out the national weather map and satellite images or go to your long-range local forecast. Finally, the Space Environment Center offers information on ongoing events and predictions of solar flare and geomagnetic activity that may impact radio and GPS communications


  click for Local (Islip) Forecast
Islip Forecast
  click for other Long Island Forecasts
Other LI Forecasts
  click for Local Marine Forecast
L.I. Marine Zone
  click for Graphical Forecast
L.I. Graphic
  click for Local weather radar
L.I. Weather Radar
  click for National Weather Map
US Weather Map
  click for National Satallite Map
Satellite Map
  click for Space Weather Forecast
Space Weather
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