NACK NAVIGATION RESOURCES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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