FORMS FOR INQUIRY OR BOOKING?
If you are interested in doing a sea kayak training course with us, please complete one of the 2 forms on this page.
The form below is a QUICK ENQUIRY form and is used to ask some questions about our courses in order for you to gain further information.
This Course Booking Form (on the RHS of the page) sends an email to Sea Kayak Hong Kong staff to process and respond. This form is not for general inquiries, but for a person or group who have decided they wish to make a reservation on a specific tour, on a specific day with a known group of people.
The form is divided into sections, each requiring to be completed in full.
Once the form is submitted, a staff member from Sea Kayak Hong Kong will process the information and respond will a confirmation of availability or provide you with alternates if the date or course you have selected is unavailable.
To confirm the booking you will need to make a payment as per our Booking Terms and Conditions (click here) – opens in new tab.
Information regarding how to make payment and details how to reach the meeting place and time will be sent to you with your confirmation email.
Sea Kayak Control Course – 1 day
The first of the 10 sea kayak commandments.
“Thou shalt at all times have adequate reserves for when things go wrong”
The sea kayak control course is the first training course that you should take as a beginner sea kayaker. You will learn the fundamentals of how to paddle your kayak efficiently and effectively AND keep your sea kayak pointing in the direction you want to go.
A beginner sea kayaker will move his / her kayak acroos the water approximately 1 metre per paddle stroke. An experienced paddler using a correct paddle stroke will move 1.8 to 2.1 metres! So over a distance of 10 kms, a beginner does 10,000 paddle strokes whereas an experienced sea kayaker will do between 5,000 and 6,000! A difference of at least 4,000 paddles strokes for the same distance (and usually much faster).
It is not fitness or strength that matters in sea kayaking – you kayak is actually gliding across a very slippery surface! It’s knowing how to propel the kayak through the water with maximum effect and minimum effort.
You will learn how to sit correctly, understanding the principles of correct paddling techniques.
At the end of the day, you will have the basic skills necessary to be able to paddle a sea kayak in sheltered waters, with a knowledge of the 5 basic paddle strokes, an understanding of the design and use of sea kayaks, practical knowledge of how to do entries and exits from a kayak. Additionally, you will have a practical introduction to the weather and tidal currents of Hong Kong.
You will have learned the following:
- how to control your kayak by using:
the sea kayaker’s forward and back paddle stroke (touring stroke)
the power forward paddle stroke
the forward and reverse sweep stroke
the left and right stern rudder
- how to enter and exit the water from:
a beach, deep water, a pier or landing and a rocky shore.
- how to communicate at sea with other kayakers
- basic weather forecasting
- basic trip planning
- understand the use of and equipment needed to go sea kayaking safely
- personal risk management
- awareness of others
the booking form to ask for the course schedule.
09:30 introductions – school begins at Lo So Shing VILLAGE Beach
Change into kayaking gear (wet gear).
09:30 – 10:00 Introduction to kayaking equipment.Sea kayaks and their fittings. Performance considerations, understanding paddles and paddle strokes.
10:00 to 12:00 Paddle strokes, deep water access and exits.
Basic safety skills, rafting up, coming alongside, stopping, controlling your sea kayak.
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch (BYO or buy at local restaurant)
13:00 to 14:00 How to communicate at sea with other kayakers. Seamanship & the essence of smart safe paddling & route selection. Environmental / weather analysis.
14:00 to 16:00 Short kayak journey to practice paddle strokes and group management
16:00 to 17:00 Equipment clean and storage.
Sea kayaking is a group sport until the beginner paddler is capable of self-sufficiency.
Self-sufficiency means making correct judgments because you know your skills AND know what conditions you can safely paddle in. Until then, it is always best to kayak in a group with others who are more experienced than you.
Change into dry clothing.