Introductory Sea Kayaking Course

Embark on an educational journey into the world of sea kayaking with our comprehensive Learn to Sea Kayak course. Designed to equip novice paddlers with the fundamentals of this exhilarating sport, this 4-hour session promises a blend of theory and practical experience aimed at fostering safe and enjoyable paddling.

Sea Kayak Course Overview:

The Learn to Sea Kayak course caters to individuals with no prior formal instruction, ensuring a solid foundation in essential knowledge and skills. For convenience, both public courses and custom sessions for groups of four or more are available.

You will develop competencies integral to ensuring safe and proficient beginner sea kayaking experiences.

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Sea Kayak Equipment Knowledge and Care:

  • Ensure equipment is well-maintained and in good condition.
  • Conduct pre-activity checks for damage and fit.
  • Use equipment according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Adjust foot pegs for rudder control and stability.
  • Stow safety equipment appropriately, including flares, communication device, first aid kit, hand pump, and tow line.
  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear for environmental conditions.
  • Correctly fit Personal Flotation Device (PFD), hatch covers, and spray deck.
  • Demonstrate understanding of equipment properties, usage, advantages, limitations, and storage.

Sea Kayak Personal Paddling Skills:

  • Launch and land appropriately based on location.
  • Perform forward and reverse paddling.
  • Execute sweep strokes on both sides.
  • Utilize draw strokes to move sideways.
  • Demonstrate support strokes for recovery.
  • Stop within three strokes from fast paddling.
  • Maneuver using strokes, edging, and railing.

Sea Kayak Rescue Techniques:

  • Conduct wet exit with spray deck.
  • Perform self-rescue from capsized kayak without specialized equipment.
  • Effect self-rescue with specialized equipment within three minutes.
  • Demonstrate effective swimming in sea kayaking attire.
  • Rescue and re-entry of single and double kayak occupants.
  • Assist weak, cold, or injured clients back into kayak.
  • Employ towline systems for kayak and swimmer towing.

Beginner Course Logistics:

  • Cost: $250 per person
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Start Location: Varies depending on instructor and client; please enquire!
  • Provided equipment includes a kayak, paddle, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), spray deck, pump and paddle float.
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Tips for First-Time Sea Kayakers:

  • Opt for calm waters for an enjoyable experience.
  • Select a gently sloping sandy beach for ease of launching.
  • Choose low-wind conditions, preferably in the morning, for added comfort.
  • Begin paddling into the wind to mitigate challenges on the return journey.
  • Keep paddling duration under two hours for an optimal fun-to-fatigue ratio.

Sea Kayak Gear list:

  • Swimwear or non-cotton shorts for mobility.
  • Rashguard top for sun protection.
  • Footwear suitable for water activities.
  • Sun-shielding hat and sunglasses.
  • Additional layers for weather versatility (wetsuit if cold).
  • Ample water, energy snacks, sunscreen, and lip balm.
Universal Size life jacket $5/day