How to read a tide clock

How to read a tide clock

Although a tide clock looks pretty much like a typical clock, if you look at it more closely, you will notice its specific features. 

At the top and bottom of the clock face, numbers are replaced by the following inscriptions : "High tide" and "Low tide". 

On each side of these inscriptions you will see numbers ranging from 5 to 1 which correspond to the time left before high or low seas.

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How to reada tide clock

When we look at a clock, we expect it to show us the time... However, as the name suggests, a tide clock is indeed a clock, but instead of showing the time, it shows you the state of the tide.

The tide time will not be indicated by 2 or 3 clock hands but by one and only hand which you can customise with the inscription of your choice.

 At Ocean Clock, we imagined a brand new design to modernise tide clocks and thus we did not stick with the very nautical style of old-fashioned clocks. It is a good way of converting this tool into a deco object which adapts nicely to the current trends of our interiors. Moreover, in order to make the tide indicator more accessible, we have decided to offer a range of stylish tide clocks that we refined so their dials are easier to read, as their main purpose is to tell us the state of the tide.

how to read a tidal clock

How to readthe dial of a tide clock

Feeling like putting your boots on to go fishing on foot with the family ? It is not easy to know what is the best time to head to the beach. Are you going to arrive at the beach 1h before low tide or when it is high tide ? In order to avoid any disappointment and putting people at risk, it is essential to enquire about tide times before heading to the beach.

Do you spend too much time checking tide times on Internet or trying to understand the tides table ? Thanks to the tide clock, you will just have to cast a glance at it to know if low tide is coming soon.

read a tide clock

As well as being a trendy decorative object that you will be pleased to have in your house interior, the Ocean Clock tide clock (discover our best-seller here) is easy to read and displays all the necessary indications to help you read the face. On the face, you will see inscriptions that will tell you the time left before each tide. Easy to use, it will enable the whole family to read tide times. So, always be ready to set sail !

You have never had a tide indicator before and do not know how to read it ? So you can make the most of your clock, we are going to help you better understand the indications on the tide clock.

Reading a tide clock can be done by everyone, no need to be a skilled oceanologist. Ready for a quick lesson on how to read the dial ?

First of all, you need to know that the hand goes clockwise like a typical clock. So if you are used to watching it go clockwise, well in that case you will not get confused when you check the state of the tide on your clock.

Now, let us get to the heart of the matter and understand the position of the hand on the tides indicator. When the hand is positioned on the left-hand side of the face, it means that the tide is going up. On the contrary, if the hand is positioned on the right-hand side of the face, it means that the tide is going down. Check out the picture below as an example :

On this picture, the dark blue tide clock indicates that the tide is going down and that there are 3 hours remaining before low tide. Do you get it ?

If not, please watch the short video we made. It explains to you in 3 points how to read a tide clock : here. After watching it, you should not have any problem reading your tide clock anymore !

If you require any further explanations, our team will be more than happy to help you out and answer any questions you may have about our tide clocks.

After reading those few words, you will definitely set sail or get to the beach in due time. Now that you know how to read a tide clock, you are probably asking yourself how a tide clock works. Get to our page dedicated to the functioning of a tide indicator.