It is essential to know the tides when paddling

Things To Know About the Tides as A Kayaker and Paddleboarder

Paddler in tides. Spring and Neap Tides

Understanding tides is necessary for anyone paddling or taking a Stand Up Paddlebord on tidal waters in the UK. Gaining this knowledge makes paddling more enjoyable and safer. Tides are brought about by gravitational influences from the Moon, Sun, and Earth's rotation.

Learing about the tides is mandatory for paddlers and paddleboarders before a trip on tidal waters. This blog will decode the secrets of neap tides, spring tides, and the rule of twelfths, which are the pillars of safe navigation in coastal waters.

Neap Tides and Spring Tides

Spring Tides: Twice a month, when the sun, moon, and Earth align, spring tides occur. These tides provide the greatest and lowest high tides, intensifying currents and conditions. The water will flow faster, making the conditions more difficult for the paddlers.

Neap Tides: A straight angle between the moon and sun reduces their pull on Earth's oceans, causing neap tides. This alignment occurs during the quarter moon. Thus, neap tides have gentler, less severe lows. This produces steady conditions ideal for novice paddlers or anybody looking for a more laid-back experience.

The Rule of Twelfth

 A simple method to determine the height of the tide at any specific moment between the high and low tides throughout a tidal cycle is to use the rule of twelfths. Having this information, you may better plan what you do to stay out of bad situations.

First Hour: The water level goes up by a twelfth of the range after low tide.

Second Hour: The motion of the tide is twice as quick.

Third and Fourth Hours: Every hour, the high tide will see three-twelfths of the volume of tide flow in. It is at this time that the tide is the fastest.

Fifth Hour: The tide rises a sum of two twelfths more.

Sixth Hour: The last quarter comes in, and the tide is at its highest.

Such a rule is used to predict the water levels at any hour between high and low tide, and it is an extremely important navigation tool.

Stand up paddleboard in tidal conditions.


The Practical Tips for Kayakers and Paddle Boarders 

Plan Your Trip: Check the tidal schedules and weather before boating. Knowing whether it's spring or neap tide will help you avoid strong currents and rough waters.

Safety First: Always wear a life jacket, regardless of the tide. Tidal changes can be unpredictable, so proper preparation is important.

Consult Local Guides: Local knowledge may be a priceless asset. Remember to ask about the top locations for this activity with nearby kayaking clubs or local paddlers.

Use Technology: Many apps provide live tidal information. 

When kayaking or paddleboarding in the UK, be well aware of the dynamics of neap tides, spring tides, and the rule of twelfths. This practically enhances your whole paddling experience and ensures a safer trip. Getting educated is the first step, whether you want to go on an exciting spring tide adventure or a leisurely paddle on a neap tide.