Tracking / Trip recording

How to import a .gpx track

Intro

Sea People supports .gpx file imports, allowing you to bring over your tracking data from almost any tracking device and generate trips to share on Sea People. This may also allow you to add tracklines with much more detail than Sea People’s internal tracking. 

There are two ways to begin a trip import:

  1. Tacking screen: After tapping on the tracking icon on the main footer navigation bar, select ‘Import trip’ option 

  2. Home screen: Use the + icon in the upper right corner and select ‘Import trip’

About .gpx files

What is a .gpx file: A .gpx file is a GPS Exchange Format file that contains waypoints, tracks, and routes, which are points, paths, and collections of paths representing recorded GPS data. It is the file type almost all smart watches, gps units on vessels, and other tracking devices like Delorme will export. 

How do I find .gpx files: Virtually every service that provides tracking offers the ability to export your tracks. You can find in-depth instructions for exporting from common sources with the following links:

Saving .gpx file: Sea People will need to access the .gpx file from your phone. So save the file directly to your phone, a shared folder, or any cloud based storage app (iCloud, Dropbox, Drive) on your phone.

NOTE: Some services’ file exporting is done through their website and may be more easily achieved with a laptop, in which case you can simply airdrop or message the file to your phone then save. 

Importing/creating a trip

It’s simple:

  1. Ensure the .gpx file is saved to your phone. 

  2. Tap ‘Import trip’ from home screen "+" icon or tracking screen start options. 

  3. Sea People will automatically open your phones file manager (typically on the recent files screen). From here you can access files stored on your phone, shared with your phone, or files inside of apps installed on your phone like Drive or Dropbox.

  4. Select the desired .gpx file. 

  5. A map with the imported points will show allowing you to: 

    • Drag and move any points on the map

    • Check the mileage for accuracy 

    • Drag and move start or end points for privacy 

  6. Click ‘Next’

Creating your New Trip for the social feed

  1. Give your trip a title: Choose a fun and descriptive title for your adventure.

  2. Write a description: Share details about your trip, such as fishing experiences, weather conditions, or memorable moments with friends.

  3. Add media: Include photos or videos from your trip to enrich your post. If you don't have any media, your trip will still show up as a trackline on the social feed and in your logbook.

  4. Select the boat: Choose the boat associated with this trip. If your boat isn't listed, you can add it to your profile. However, we recommend completing the post with the incorrect boat first, then editing your profile to add the boat, and finally editing the post to update the boat association. This way, you won't lose any information you've entered on the ‘New Trip’ page by navigating away from it.

  5. Posting: Once you've filled in all the details, click the "Post" button to share your trip to the social feed and logbook.