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Introduction to Sea Kayaking

2 or 5 day explore Arisaig Your choice Group size up to 6

What to Expect We strongly believe Arisaig is the ideal location for a beginner sea kayaking course. The sheer variety and beauty of the coastline here offers lots of opportunities for exciting day trips without ever getting too committing, throw in lots of wildlife and stunning beaches and you have the perfect mix for sea kayaking. What better way to get to know the activity than by getting out and exploring by kayak – and that is exactly what we will do. Our aim is to simply show you how much fun sea kayaking can be.

Trip Highlights   A two or five day introduction to sea kayaking course, based on consecutive day trips in the Arisaig area.

  • Explore small islands, white sand beaches and hidden bays.
  • Choose accommodation that suits you.
  • See Seals from the seat of your kayak.
  • Learn essential sea kayaking skills.


5 Days - £475
2 Days - £190
Price shown in the calendar indicates whether that date is a 2 or 5 day trip.

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Shown as a guide, each trip has its own story, plans are always open to change.

*Taking your First Paddle Strokes - I wish I could rewind the clock to those first few moments in a sea kayak, feeling the kayak just glide through the water with a few paddle strokes, looking up and down the coast and realising I'd just entered a new world and the possibilities were endless.

We'll spend the day journeying in the Arisaig area - over the course of the day you'll build in skill and confidence under the expert eye of our guides. We won't go too heavy on the instruction - you'll learn a lot just through the experience of journeying in a sea kayak, but we'll always be on hand to offer those important pointers to keep you on the right track. We'll make sure to take breaks on Arisaig famous white sand beaches and spend some time exploring the many sheltered bays and small islands that make this area ideal for sea kayaking.

Day One *Taking Your First Paddle Strokes

| Meet in Arisaig village (see below)

Sea kayak journey - Arisaig

Stay - accomodation of your choice

*Progression and Exploration - Sea kayaking is a broad church, once you've mastered the basics then the direction you can choose for the sport is up to you. The West coast of Scotland is great for expeditions; loading up the sea kayaks and paddling for a week or more. However its also pretty good for just finding a sheltered bay and watching the seals.

The most important thing is that we have this choice, we can take the sport in whatever direction we choose. Whatever we do its important that we are safe: Knowledge of the sea and knowledge of your capabilities in a sea kayak are very important to learn, not only because it keeps us safe but it also helps us to shape the sport in the way we want.

For this course we don't have a syllabus that we follow, we simply tailor the learning and the guiding to your motivations and your understanding on an individual basis. When you leave you will be full of ideas and techniques of sea kayaking and a spark of inspiration that will help you whatever adventure you choose next.

Day Two Onwards *Progression & Exploration

| Skill development and exploration by sea kayak

| Trip ends - Arisaig 16.30

Trip Information

Accommodation No accommodation is included.

Food No food is included.

Start and Finish We will meet in Arisaig village at 09.30 on the first day of the trip. Trip will finish by 16.30 on the final day.

Group Up to 6 people with one guide.

Kit List Our Day trip kit list applies to this trip. All specialist kayaking equipment can be provided.

Trip Grade This is trip is open to any level of experience, but is best suited to those who have little or no experience of sea kayaking and want to learn more or just want to have a good time exploring some beautiful coastline. If you have experience in other paddle sports then this trip can also be a good way to convert that knowledge and skill to sea kayaking.

Dates and Prices 5 Days - £475, 2 Days - £190. Price shown in the calendar indicates whether that date is a 2 or 5 day trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

In the event of travel restrictions being in place at the time of your trip then we can offer postponement or a refund of the trip fee. If you need to cancel your booking due to Coronavirus then we will offer a refund or postponement of your booking.

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus then you should not travel and you should join your trip. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours), a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

In any other circumstances our standard terms and conditions apply (see questions below).

The weather on the West coast of Scotland can vary through the course of the season and from area to area - Scottish islands and coastline can see dramatically better weather and more sunshine than more mountainous areas inland. The wind speed and sea state are the primary factors that affect the trip - if the conditions are difficult then we will seek out a more sheltered section of coast to run the trip. You should note that it is very rare that we have to stay off the water on multi-day trips and the vast majority of trips run as planned. For full terms and conditions see the link below. You can read more about the weather/cancellation/booking on our FAQ page.

A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking, the balance is due 6 weeks prior to the trip, for cancellation policy please see our full terms and conditions.

We have a much larger FAQ page that covers all aspects of sea kayak trips with us.

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