Sea Kayak Beginners Course
Considering buying your own sea kayak?
Want to learn how to plan and execute a fun and safe journey on the sea?
2 - 5 day course
All equipment provided
Learn how to be safe at sea
From £90 per day
9am to 5pm
Details & Itinerary
We begin our days by considering what environmental factors will affect our journeys and by going through the trip planning process together.
At the beginning of the course, we’ll get on the water and focus on getting a handle on the fundamental sea kayak handling skills.
As the course progresses we will undertake short journeys to implement these skills in a real environment, take time to evolve skills and practice some simple rescue scenarios; all of which give you the confidence you need to plan and exercise your own sea kayak ventures.
Previous experience required
Preferably a little kayaking experience, not necessarily on the sea or in a sit-in kayak. If you’re not sure; consider doing our Introduction to Sea Kayaking Day Trip beforehand.
We start the day in our classroom. Our exact paddling location will be decided on the day to allow for the current weather conditions. We will aim to start on flat, calm waters and then venture into some small waves and beautiful rock gardens as the course progresses.
What we will cover:
- Basic trip planning
- What kit you need and why
- Paddling your kayak efficiently; forwards, backwards, steering, turning and moving sideways
- How to stay upright and what to do if you don’t
- Simple rescues
- Basic map reading skills
What you should bring:
- Lunch is not provided, please bring your own packed lunch and any other snacks you require for the day/course (in a suitable container to be taken on the kayaks i.e plastic food container)
- Drinking water
On cold days: Bring a jumper or fleece that you don’t mind getting wet.
On hot days: You might wish to bring clothes to wear kayaking that you don’t mind getting wet (much more comfortable than a wetsuit). The kayak coach will advise on this during the introductory talk.
What we provide:
Top-quality instruction and leadership from our qualified coaches
Small coach to group ratio of 1:4 or 2:6
We will provide all equipment you need or you are welcome to use your own.
We will have available:
- Drysuits (in winter and on particularly cold days)
- Buoyancy Aids
- Spray Skirts
- Dry Bags
- Kayak Bilge Pumps
Your coach will discuss this with you on arrival and can provide anything extra you require.
Minimum participants to run: 1
All of our courses are guaranteed to run with only one person booking.
You can book your course safe in the knowledge that it will run, even if it’s only yourself booked on!
Want to know why we’re operating this way?
We have many years of experience in the kayaking world and we have all been frustrated when we book a course and make plans around it, only to be told shortly before that the course will not be running due to low participant numbers.
We want to be as customer-focused as possible. We have committed to running all courses even if only one person has booked.
Yes, this does mean we are operating at a loss in these instances, but we think you’ll be so impressed with the service we offer that you will be returning and bringing friends with you in the future!
And it’s a day out at sea doing something that we are passionate about, so we all win!
Can I take my camera?
You are welcome to take your camera/phone on the water but please understand we take no responsibility for anything being lost or damaged as waterproof phones are not saltwater proof, a case with a tether is required. After testing we have a reliable case available to purchase on arrival. We ask all customers taking their phones on the sea to put their phones onto aeroplane mode.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Weather can stop this course but if this is the case we will get in contact via email and/or text to let you know.
Taught By Experts
A passionate team that is dedicated to helping customers on their personal journey in kayaking.
Small instructor to group ratios to ensure you get the personal attention you need.
All Kayaking Equipment Included
We can provide everything you need including wetsuits, windproofs, paddles, buoyancy aids, spraydecks and kayaks. Your coach will discuss this with you when meeting you and get anything extra you require.