I was meeting up with Gareth today as he wanted to practice his navigation in preparation for a 4 star assessment.
We met up in Penarth & left a car there as we were paddling from Barry to Penarth, one way:)
Once at Barry we used Myvanwy as a mobile classroom as it was a little warmer than outside. I started by showing how I prepare a tidal plan & where I get the information from. As a brief overveiw of my plan I've listed the route, distance, weather, tidal port & local port tide times, flow start times, tidal estimated max speed, 50/90 rule & rule of twelfths for the tidal heights.
Gareth had brought a sheet with the tide times & tidal diamond info from a sea chart which is a good start.
Then we had a look at the route on the map & I asked him to show me where the potential hazards were which he managed fine. I also explained the difference between a tide race & an overfall as we'd be passing a few of these on route.
Finally before hitting the water I got him to take a bearing from the map for our first section of the trip & how to measure the distance with the roamer.
I had a fab day playing as 'coach Taran' just wish I could afford to do my level 2 training or my 5 star assessment come to think off it. Maybe in a few months.