Kayak Navigation – Charts

Using Charts and Compasses


Navigation in a kayak requires knowledge of charts, using a compass and then applying these skills to what we see in our environment when we are on the water. The first tutorial covers charts, using the chart to plan a trip, how to use a compass, and using a chart on the water to determine your location. As always, the focus is on safety.

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Download the Chesapeake Bay Chart that was used for our classroom.  The chart can be printed as a single 11 x 17 page, or as 2 8.5 x 11 pages.

Other charts are available from the NOAA Web Site, or chart books can be purchased from local nautical retailers or purchased online. The following are links to the NOAA chart pages. The NOAA site frequently changes, these are the current links.  Have fun exploring the NOAA charts web site, there is an incredible amount of information here.  

Charts and Publications 

Chart Products:  This includes links to the booklet charts and on line chart viewers.

Chart Catalog: This is a link to a page where you can search for charts from a map and download charts in one of 3 formats, raster formats: NOAA RNC®, full size nautical charts in PDF format, and BookletCharts™.

Chart Updates:  This is a link to a catalog recent changes in charts. 

Chart 1 Information and Download

On Water Navigation Classes will be held this spring.  To sign up, just email CrossCurrentsSeaKayaking@gmail.com.


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