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LEARN TO SEA KAYAK - WEEKEND INTRODUCTION COURSE

2 day explore Arisaig Your choice

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 day introduction to sea kayaking course, based on two consecutive day trips in the Arisaig area.

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

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DATES AND PRICES

This trip can also be run as a private trip if you have a group of 4 or more.

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STORY

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 Arisaig at 09.30

Sea kayak journey - Arisaig

Stay - accomodation of your choice

 

*PROGRESSION - 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 *PROGRESSION

| Skill development and exploration by sea kayak

| Trip ends - Arisaig 16.30

TRIP INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATION   No accommodation is included, feel free to check our accommodation page for ideas about where to stay.

FOOD   No food is included - make sure you bring some lunch, there is a shop in Arisaig.

START AND FINISH  Meet at Arisaig at 09.30, Finish at 16.30 Arisaig.

GROUP  Up to 6 people with one guide, or 10 people with two guides.

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 experience two day trips 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

This trip can also be run as a private trip if you have a group of 4 or more.

LOCATION 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends.

This trip is suitable for families with kids age 12 and above. Double kayaks can be used or if they have kayak experience or are sporty and confident then it could be possible to paddle single kayaks. Generally single kayaks would be used for kids from roughly age 14 upwards, or whenever they are strong enough to keep up with adults paddling by themselves.

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.

OTHER TRIPS TO CONSIDER

Full list - Wilderness coast sea kayaking courses and holidays

Trip calendar - If you would prefer to view our trips listed by date then we have a full calendar view of our scheduled trips