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Intro-mediate Sea Kayaking Course

2 days Arisaig Your choice Group size up to 6

What To Expect This sea kayaking course is designed to help those who have some kayaking experience and want to really start to develop their skills and knowledge. The Arisaig coastline offers some classic longer day trips that we can tackle or we have plenty of scope to introduce you to rougher water or more advanced skills and knowledge. We will offer sea kayak coaching on an individual basis to help you build sea kayaking confidence and skill.

Trip Highlights   A 2 day intromediate sea kayaking course, based on 2 consecutive day trips based in Arisaig.

  • Explore the coast on more advanced journeys.
  • Choose accommodation that suits you - hotel, B&B, hostel or camp.
  • Build on your existing skills and develop your sea kayaking knowledge. 

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Course Content

Technical templates -

To start this course - we'd jump in the kayaks, go for a short paddle and then aim to get to grips with the basic strokes we use to control the kayak and how to make them more powerful and effective.

We'll help you develop your basic stroke set so that you have an understanding of power transfer and blade awareness.

Nothing overly complicated - we'll just aim to provide you with a template for an effective paddle stroke.

If you are joining the course with experience in another paddlesport then this session will allow you to transfer that skill to sea kayaks.

Developing Kayaking Confidence -

We'll aim to work on developing confidence throughout the 2 days.

Remaining calm and confident is one of the most important things for succesful paddling in rougher water and more challenging situations - but it's much easier said than done.

It's important that we take a very progressive approach - we'll aim to set challenges that give you choice over how you engage with them.

We'll also choose our paddling locations carefully so that the demands of the environment don't exceed the groups skill and fitness.

If you do want to push yourself or try something new then we'll be on hand with gentle encouragment and coaching to help you feel safe and ready.

Journeying and Exploring -

We'll complete a full day journey on each day of the course - Arisaig has lots of excellent coastline within easy reach.

As we explore the coastline we'll encounter different situations and conditions that enable you to use your skill and knowledge in a variety of contexts. You'll gain more experience and see some stunning coastline at the same time.

We'll always be on hand to offer encouragement and coaching tips and you'll have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about the aspects of paddling a sea kayak that you are interested in.

 

Progression -

By the end of this course you should feel more confident in a sea kayak. This may help you start to take on more demanding journeys or join an expedition, or you may just want to feel safer and more in control of your sea kayak on any journey.

This course forms an excellent option if you'd like a bit more time in a kayak before taking on an expedition, or if you are a bit out of practice and want a warm up weekend before a bigger trip.

The course could also form an Introduction to sea kayaking if you have plenty of experience with another paddlesport such as SUP, white water kayaking or canoeing.

Trip Information

Accommodation No accommodation is included.

Food No food is included.

Start and Finish Meet at 09.30, Finish at 16.30. Meet in Arisaig.

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 ideally suited to those who have some experience and confidence in a sea kayak and are keen to explore more challenging day trips or develop their skills. The days we complete as part of this trip may be longer, up to 15 - 20km, or we may seek out rougher water to help develop your skill and experience. This trip is useful for those who want to complete a more challenging trip or expedition but feel they need some more coaching or experience first.

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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 7 days 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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