For our ‘First Step Guided Sea Kayaking Evenings’ having paddled a kayak before is helpful but not essential. If you lack water confidence feel free to give the Centre a call directly (+44 028 4372 2158) as we can bring a double sea kayak to help build confidence on your first experience. Please note these are not coaching evenings but more of a guided experience. (Please note for our September evening sessions you MUST have some experience as we will be paddling in darkness on our return jurney back to base.)
In order to make this course as accessible as possible, we have created flexibility in how participants book their place. If at the start of the week (Monday) you are not available please contact the Centre so you can transfer to the next suitable date. We can then offer your place to next on the waiting list. If you do not cancel and do not turn up you will lose your night.
Participants will need to use up any outstanding nights by Thursday, 14th September 2017 when the last evening session takes place.
↓ Course summary
Our ‘First Step Guided Sea Kayaking Evenings’ will run every Thursday evening from 4th May through to 14th September 2017 (except 13th July). These evenings are aimed at newcomers and are an ideal way to get a taste of what Strangford Lough has to offer paddlers.
The philosophy behind the evening paddles is providing the opportunity for people to gain access to the lough and to enjoy a guided journey among the islands. We will be stopping off on an island for a picnic supper enjoying the wildlife, sunsets and spending time away from it all in a soothing relaxed environment – what more could you ask for mid-week?
Providing coaching is not the focus of the evenings but our staff are more than happy to provide coaching in the form of ‘hot tip and handy hints’ as we journey.
We select our weekly launch site on a Wednesday lunchtime when we have gained the most up to date forecast this will be communicated to you by email or by mobile.
Skills covered includes boat selection and fit – top tips on forward paddling, turning, steering and balancing, safety skills, such as equipment selection, what to carry afloat, what to wear, and guidance on planning simple trips on the sea and journeying safely and independently. We can also offer advice on equipment purchase and joining a club. CANI List of Clubs
↓ Who is the course for?
These ‘First Step Guided Sea Kayaking Evenings’ are aimed at those people who are looking at giving sea kayaking ago for the first time; or those people looking to get back into a boat after an extended break. Also if you are considering buying a boat, then these evenings are an ideal opportunity to try out a range of boats before purchasing.
An email will be sent the day before (Wednesday afternoon) advising of the meeting point.
Course introduction, organise equipment and pack boats
Journey among the islands and wildlife of the Lough
Off water approximately 9.30pm, load boats and depart.
↓ What equipment do I need to bring?
Our equipment stores are by far the best around with a stock of over 25 specialist sea kayaks plus three doubles so there are plenty to choose from. All you will need to bring is old footwear for the water, a long sleeves top and/or warm fleece for under your wetsuit and towel/toiletries. Also bring a warm hat, warm top to carry in your boat and small snack and drink for a picnic on an Island.
Participants are encouraged to bring any personal equipment so they get the opportunity to be coached using the equipment they are most familiar with.
↓ What does my course fee include?
The course fee for these ‘First StepGuided Sea Kayaking Evenings’ includes kit, equipment, guiding and tea/coffee and one of our famous chocolate brownies or flapjacks.