Course Planning & Awareness on the Water

  • Conditions equal to crew ability
  • Beware; conditions can change quickly
  • Steersman watches for boating traffic
  • Steersman aware of tide, current, weather forecast & water temperature
  • Area familiarity
  • Be able to describe our location if we need assistance
  • If only one canoe, always set a float plan with someone on shore.
    • Call them when you get in.
  • When in sight of an approaching vessel, make a deliberate course change so the other boat or ship knows well in advance your intended heading