Women on Water (WoW): Chart-Based Navigation Intensive

WoW Course Overview:
– Two full days + one evening:
June 16-18 OR June 19-21
– Takes place on beautiful Quadra Island
– Ratio of 4 students to 1 instructor – all females!
– $625+ per person, including group accommodations with shared kitchen facilities
(Fee depends on dates and accommodation option chosen)

WoW Overview

Our Women on Water (WoW) courses are a great opportunity for female paddlers to build skills and create connections with other female paddlers.

Our inaugural WoW courses take place on beautiful Quadra Island! We’re kicking things off with an Intensive on Chart-Based Navigation!

We’ll delve into the world of chart-based navigation, with a particular focus on visual navigation — using the features we see around us, and on our charts, to guide and inform our paddling excursions.

Over the course of our days together, you’ll learn:

  • how to read and understand the symbols on your chart – in theory and in real life;
  • how to translate what you see on your chart to what you see around you when you’re paddling – and vice versa;
  • how to accurately and efficiently identify and track your position on a chart, using visual landmarks around you;
  • how to use ranges, lines of position, backstops and more to keep yourself on course;
  • how to estimate and track travel time, speed and distance on a chart and in real time;
  • how to plan and lead a section of a day trip using your chart to guide and inform you;
  • and more!

The weekend will include off-water theory sessions and projects, and lots of on-water practice to lock these skills in place for your own paddling adventures!

Note: This course is not focussed on compass-based navigation, although the curriculum will include some compass-based exercises. Our goal is to solidify your visual navigation skills, which are always your first line of navigational knowledge on the water!  

Dates, Times & Location:

  • June 16-18, 2023 (Friday evening through Sunday) – WAITLIST
  • June 19-21, 2023 (Monday evening through Wednesday) – WAITLIST
  • Location: Quadra Island, BC. We will paddle out of different locations on the second and third days of the course.

Class Size & Fees

  • 4 students maximum.
  • $625+ per person, depending on dates and accommodation option selected.
  • Fee includes group accommodation with shared kitchen facilities.
  • Kayak and equipment rental available.


  • Previous kayaking experience (ideally a minimum of Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills or equivalent), is recommended to get the most out of this course.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own sea kayak and equipment. Rentals are available if required.
  • Participants must sign our waiver and complete a medical form in advance of attending the series.

Full Course Details and Pricing


To register, please e-mail us at crosscurrents@outlook.com or complete the form below and we will contact you to complete your registration.

Yes, register me for a 2023 WoW Course!

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After your submit this form, we will be in touch by email to complete your registration.
We can’t wait to see you on Quadra Island!