Sit-on-Top Courses

Improve your Sit-On-Top Kayaking

Embark on an exciting journey as you explore the world of sit-on-top kayaking. Gain the confidence to go further and/or be safer if the unexpected should happen.

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Expert Guidance from Skilled Instructors

Learn from our skilled instructors who will provide expert guidance and instruction, ensuring you gain the necessary skills and knowledge for successful kayaking adventures.

Master Essential Techniques and Safety Skills

Develop confidence and proficiency as you master essential techniques such as paddling, steering, and manoeuvring, while also learning vital safety skills to navigate the waters with ease.

Suitable for All Skill Levels

Our courses are designed to accommodate participants of all skill levels, from beginners seeking a fun introduction to kayaking to experienced paddlers looking to refine their technique and expand their knowledge.

Create Lifelong Memories

Enjoy unforgettable moments on the water as you explore new locations, connect with nature, and create lasting memories with fellow kayakers.

Join Us for Unforgettable Sit-On-Top Kayak Courses

Enrol today and embark on an exciting adventure filled with skill development, breathtaking scenery, and the joy of paddling in the great outdoors. Our courses will help you progress and feel more confident out on the water.

How to Book?

Have a look at our Level Guide below to work out what level of sea kayak course is suitable for you then scroll down to see what courses are available at your level.

1. Use this guide by clicking on the level tabs above. ↑

2. Find the tab that describes your level best.

3. Match your level with the courses available below. ↓

Previous experience required:

None, start here if you haven't been in a kayak before or only a few times. We will endeavour to find the most *sheltered water* possible.

 

Sheltered Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) where the paddlers are no more than 200 metres offshore and the wind strength does not exceed Beaufort force 3, avoiding the group from being swept/blown out of the safe working area. Slow-moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)

Small enclosed bays, enclosed harbours where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore, defined beaches with easy places to land throughout, no tide races, overfalls or surf.

 

Previous experience required:

For our level 2 courses, you should have a small amount of previous kayak/watersport experience or at least be fairly water confident. We stay mostly in *sheltered water* but will look to start developing your confidence in small waves and light winds.

 

Sheltered Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) where the paddlers are no more than 200 metres offshore and the wind strength does not exceed Beaufort force 3, avoiding the group from being swept/blown out of the safe working area. Slow-moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)

Small enclosed bays, enclosed harbours where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore, defined beaches with easy places to land throughout, no tide races, overfalls or surf.

Previous experience required:

For our level 3 courses, you should have a fair amount of experience in a kayak in *sheltered water* - whether it be in a Sit-on-Top, sea kayak or other. At this level, we start to guide you out of *sheltered water* and spend some time in areas of *moderate water* conditions.

Level 3 courses are often pitched at paddlers looking to obtain their British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award.

 

Sheltered Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) where the paddlers are no more than 200 metres offshore and the wind strength does not exceed Beaufort force 3, avoiding the group from being swept/blown out of the safe working area. Slow-moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)

Small enclosed bays, enclosed harbours where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore, defined beaches with easy places to land throughout, no tide races, overfalls or surf.

Moderate Water as defined by British Canoeing:

A stretch of coastline with some areas where it is not easy to land but there will always be straightforward land points a maximum of two nautical miles apart. Crossings not exceeding two nautical miles. Up to 2 Knots of tide (but not involving tide race or overfalls). Wind strengths do not exceed Beaufort force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height).

Previous experience required:

For our level 4 courses, you should have plenty of sea kayak experience, be very comfortable with the use of a spray-skirt and be comfortable with being rescued in flat water.

Level 4 courses are often pitched at paddlers looking to obtain their British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak Award and aspirant British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leaders.

At this level, we generally aim to be in sustained *moderate* sea conditions with the possibility of venturing into some low level *advanced* conditions such as gentle tide races and overfalls.

 

Moderate Water as defined by British Canoeing:

A stretch of coastline with some areas where it is not easy to land but there will always be straightforward land points a maximum of two nautical miles apart. Crossings not exceeding two nautical miles. Up to 2 Knots of tide (but not involving tide race or overfalls). Wind strengths do not exceed Beaufort force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height).

Advanced Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Any journey on the sea where tidal races, overfalls or open crossings may be encountered and which cannot be avoided; sections of coastline where landings may not be possible or are difficult; sea state 4 and winds above Beaufort force 4; launching and landing through surf (up to 1.5 metres trough to crest height).

Previous experience required:

For our level 5 courses, you should have plenty of sea kayak specific experience in *moderate* sea conditions. You should be comfortable with being rescued in *moderate* sea conditions and an ability to roll is desirable.

Level 5 courses are often pitched at paddlers looking to obtain their British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Award and aspirant British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leaders.

At this level, we are seeking out *advanced* sea conditions, tidal rapids and/or exposed swell.

 

Moderate Water as defined by British Canoeing:

A stretch of coastline with some areas where it is not easy to land but there will always be straightforward land points a maximum of two nautical miles apart. Crossings not exceeding two nautical miles. Up to 2 Knots of tide (but not involving tide race or overfalls). Wind strengths do not exceed Beaufort force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height).

Advanced Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Any journey on the sea where tidal races, overfalls or open crossings may be encountered and which cannot be avoided; sections of coastline where landings may not be possible or are difficult; sea state 4 and winds above Beaufort force 4; launching and landing through surf (up to 1.5 metres trough to crest height).

 

Sit-on-Top Courses

Not including British Canoeing courses.
For British canoeing courses click here.

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Level 1

Kayak-King Tour

If you’ve never been kayaking before and you just want to give it a go why not join our sister company, Kayak King, for a tour taking you off the beaten track to hidden coastlines, beautiful beaches, remote caves and wildlife utopias.

 

 

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Level 1 and 2

Sit-on-Top Safety Day

Learn about the basics of using a sit-on-top kayak safely in the sea environment. This course is predominantly water-based and designed to give you the ability to plan simple trips and paddle them with confidence.

 

 

sit on top improvers day

Level 1 and 2

Sit-on-Top Improvers Day

Gain even more confidence out on the sea on your sit-on-top kayak. Building on our popular Safety Course (not essential to have completed but highly recommended) we will plan and execute a longer journey. Whilst out we will take time to coach to your specific needs to improve your skills, knowledge and confidence allowing you to get to more adventurous locations in the future.

 

 

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Level 1 and 2

Weather and Tide Awareness Day

In this dry, classroom-based course you will build on the trip planning elements of the Safety Courses. Prepare to have your mind opened to maps, charts and the environmental factors that affect our time out on the water giving you all the skills to choose your locations safely and with the confidence of knowing what to expect.

 

 

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Level 1 and 2

Paddle with Maps Day

Take your maps out on the sea and learn how to navigate in a real environment. This course we will take our OS maps out on the sea and learn how things translate from paper into real life.

 

 

Sit-on-Top Sea Kayak Award

Level 3

Sit-on-Top Sea Kayak Award (British Canoeing)

Here we focus on you becoming a fully independent paddler in conditions up to Beaufort Force 3 winds, surf up to 0.5m and small ocean swells. You’ll soon be able to plan your own trips and be confident to deal with any mishaps that might arise along the way.

 

Private Kayak coaching/guiding

All Levels

Private Kayak Coaching/Guiding

Your guide, your choice of craft, single or multiple days and a bespoke action plan for your progression. This is the quickest most dedicated way to improve your kayaking skills.

 

 

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Sit-on-Top Courses for all abilities

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Small coach to trainee ratios

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Dedicated facilities

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On-site camping and Accommodation

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Quality equipment

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Top level coaches

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