17 May 2016

How to set a tide clock

First of all, thanks for purchasing your new tide clock from us! All our clocks are designed and made in-studio  in Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic Way-the worlds longest coastal route!In this article we will explain how to set a tide clock.

How to set a tide clock.

The first thing that you need to know if you want to set a tide clock,is what time the high (or low tide) at your chosen spot is.

You can find this information by visiting here  and choosing  the nearest spot by picking one of the yellow dots close to your specific location.You can then get the time of high (or low) water for the next seven days. EasyTide predictions are based on GMT (which is in force from October until March).Outside of these times, you must add an hour to the predicted time in Ireland or the UK.

Mon 23 May
Low WaterHigh WaterLow WaterHigh Water
0.6 m3.8 m0.7 m3.9 m

If my local spot was showing the times as in the table above, I would know that high water on 23rd of May occurs at 06.50 and again at 19.01 GMT. If I add an hour for British Summer Time to compensate for the fact that the times are in GMT, then high water would be at 07.50 and again at 20.01.

At exactly 07.50 on the 23rd of May (it can be handy to set a reminder on your phone) , I would move the hand of the tide clock to the HIGH TIDE position.And that’s it.The mechanism should remain pretty accurate until the battery loses power-although there is no harm in checking it for accuracy against a tide timetable ocassionally.The clock will be set most accurately if this is done on the day of a full moon.

Just one note of caution-the tides are never exactly the same as the predictions all the time.They are influenced by weather and other factors, so you cannot say to the minute when high or low tide will be, however the clock will be accurate enough all the time that it is a really useful visual cue for a trip to the sea.