Read The Water



Read The Water

A sea kayaker’s resource for interpreting wind, waves and current.

As paddlers you may have noticed that some days a familiar piece of water looks different. As coaches we often ask students if anything has changed, referring to the weather, wind, swell, tide, current or sea conditions. This ability to observe and understand /read the changes in conditions is imperative to a good leader/guide or competent paddler. So how do we get this insight and the ability to read the tell tale signs that the sea/sky is giving us, and recognise that something is different and understand what the difference means. The aim of this book is to develop your tools and skill of observation, thus helping you to read the sea and become a barometer to the changes that occur.

The book includes the following chapters:

  • The Fundamentals. Wind and waves, tide and current
  • Planning for and navigating by change / pilotage
  • How to observe
  • The surf environment
  • Wind and weather
  • Moving water, current and around the rocks