Activity: Sea Kayaking
Price £67 Book Now
|Start Date||End Date||Duration|
|Saturday 13th Apr, 2019||Saturday 13th Apr 2019||1 day|
|Saturday 18th May, 2019||Saturday 18th May 2019||1 day|
|Saturday 22nd Jun, 2019||Saturday 22nd Jun 2019||1 day|
|Saturday 3rd Aug, 2019||Saturday 3rd Aug 2019||1 day|
|Saturday 7th Sep, 2019||Saturday 7th Sep 2019||1 day (COURSE CLOSED)|
For this First Step Sea Kayaking Skills it is not essential to have paddled a kayak or a canoe, but it is important that you are confident/comfortable in the water and can swim in a buoyancy aid.
Our ‘First Step’ courses are aimed at newcomers and are an ideal way to get a taste of life afloat. By the end of the course you should be paddling your sea kayak confidently in sheltered water, have a good understanding of the principles of safe paddling and be ready to move on to the next level. The day will be spent on the water enjoying a guided journey among the Islands on Strangford Lough. The final destination will be weather dependent.
Skills covered in this First Step Sea Kayaking Skills course include boat selection and fit – forward paddling, turning, steering and balancing, safety skills, such as equipment selection, what to carry afloat, what to wear and planning – simple trips on the sea. We can also offer advice on equipment purchase and joining a club.
This First Step Sea Kayaking Skills course is perfect for newcomers and are an ideal way to get a taste of life afloat.
"I just want to say thank you for such a great day. Your instructors made the day and all of us on the course were really impressed by their professionalism, competence, friendliness and patience. We all felt that we had improved and progressed through the course of the day and definitely came away with basic skills we could practice. Others on the course who had dabbled in the sport with another company said how superior your course was, in that we were properly instructed in basic skills instead of just “going for a gentle paddle” as most introductory days tend to be. Well worth the money. The opportunity to sit and chat about future courses, ways of continuing the sport eg canoe clubs in NI, equipment and also to ask about other activities, was great. Kris and Paul really looked out for every member of the group and encouraged but never pressurised us to try out our new skills. Really high calibre teachers."
The programme for this First Step Sea Kayaking Skills is flexible and some sessions may be moved around to get the best out of the prevailing weather conditions and individual student needs.
Our equipment stores are by far the best around with a stock of over 100 boats from across the range of models there are plenty to choose from! If your thinking of buying a boat come along and ‘try before you buy’ and also get unbiased expert advise from our staff on the most suitable equipment for you.
All you will need to bring is old footwear for the water, a long sleeved top for under your wet suit and a towel/toiletries. You may wish to bring your swimsuit for wearing under wetsuit. You are also advised to bring an extra layer of clothing and a hat should you become cold.
Participants are encouraged to bring any personal equipment so they get the opportunity to be coached using the equipment they are most familiar with
Your First Step Sea Kayaking Skills course price includes use of all technical equipment, in-course transport, instruction and a packed lunch.
Our catering is first class, noted both for the quality and quantity of the food that we provide. Your course is catered, so you will be provided with a packed lunch for the day. You may also wish to bring your own personal snack food for use during the course. You can fill a flask with tea or coffee at the Centre if required.
Your course is a one day course, so accommodation is not provided. However, we do have changing rooms, showers and lockers available for your use.
We can offer you a nights’ accommodation and breakfast either at the beginning or end of a course for an extra £26.50 per person. This is a great way to further enhance your time at Tollymore and savour the beautiful majestic setting that the Centre has to offer.
BCU Canoe & Kayak Handbook
Brown, G. Sea Kayak
Both of the above are published by Pesda Press