2 - Before I even walk out onto a flat I have already checked several weather related wind
Internet sites. I know direction and if its going to swing and at what time. As I walk out
I pay attention to what direction I feel the wind on my face. This helps should I have
to guess-ta-mate my return.
3 - I know exactly in what stage in the tide I'm walking out and when it will change.
I'm very familiar with tidal current direction at every phase of the tide for the flat I
am on. Knowing current direction also helps with navigation when seeing land is
not an option.
4 - Over the years the sand becomes like a road map, every trough, sluice, creek, river,
depression is memorized over and over each year. Even if you can not see 10 feet you
will come across these things that will help you navigate your way back.
5 -Knowing exactly at what stage in the tide I can cross and re-cross certain depressions
allowing me access to certain flats and a safe return.
6 -Taking in all audible clues as I walk out. (Cars, fog horns, bells, motor boat
engine noise coming from the main channel.)
7 - I take a compass reading when I reach my destination. I carry a compass on my
watchband for easy access. Also a back-up in my chest pak.
8 - Know the height of your tides. Worse case scenario is to seek higher ground
and sit it out. Knowing were this area is at, is crucial.
9 - A cell phone is invaluable should you happen to hurt yourself and walking
back is not an option.
10 - Go with a friend or someone who knows the area as good as the inside of
11 - Know your moon fazes. There are certain tides in certain areas that will not allow
you to out run them. No high ground to sit it out and the current is so swift you can
not walk against it. Put yourself on the edge of a flat with a drop off and this current
can at times run like a ragging river, as water drains off it. Someone here lost their life
last year under this same scenario.
12 - An inflatable vest of some sort makes a lot of sense.
13 - Look for the way water drains off the flat. If it drains to your right, then the high
ground is to your left., you have just found you exit off the flat when faced with high
water. Knowing this direct route will save you valuable time when faced with a fast
incoming tide that you could not out run.
14 - A good pair of polarized glasses are not only an invaluable tool for seeing fish
but also for safety.
15 - Remember, there is normally only one right way off the flat and 3 wrong ways.