Kayaking courses

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Introduction to sea kayaking

If you have never tried kayaking and you want to explore the coast then this is the course for you. We will start with developing your connectivity and balance in a kayak then help you to discover boat handling solutions to help you make a journey. By the end of this course you should be able to confidently explore along the coastline in sheltered sea and some moderate water conditions.

“Sheltered Tidal Water/Sea:
Small enclosed bays, where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore; enclosed
harbours, where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore; defined beaches (a short
section of beach with easy landing throughout, no tide races or overfalls beyond the beach), in
conditions in which swimmers and beach craft could be happily operating winds not above force
3 (force 2 if offshore when greatest of caution must be exercised); the upper reaches of some
suitable, slow moving estuaries during Neap tides. In all cases the wind and weather conditions
must be favourable.” BCU Environmental Definitions 2009

 

Progressive Sea Kayaking Skills and Coastal Leadership

On this course we venture beyond sheltered water to a mostly moderate water environment (see below for a description of moderate water – on this course occasionally faster currents and gentler tidal races/overfalls may be encountered). If you are a kayaker who is confident paddling many kilometers on sheltered water or who is looking to transfer from inland kayaking to sea kayaking then this is the course for you.

“Moderate Tidal Water/Sea:
The definition involves: A stretch of coastline or estuary in close proximity to the shore, with
available landings at every 1-2 miles / 1 hour and areas where it is not easy to land. Up to a
maximum of 2 knots tide but not involving, tidal races, or overfalls, winds not above force 4
beaufort sea state 4 (if offshore the greatest of caution must be exercised), or the upper reaches
of some estuaries; launching and landing through moderate surf.” BCU Environmental Definitions 2009

 

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