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 Rescue Course – 1 day
The Sea Kayak Rescue Course is the second course to do for the absolute beginner kayaker.
Sea kayaking is the epitome of Murphy’s Law – if something can go wrong, it will.
And when dealing with something as powerful as the sea, we need all the wit and skills we can get to make safety possible. If things go wrong while sea kayaking, swimming to shore is sometimes not an option. As a result, you must be able to rescue yourself and your friends in any conditions you find yourself paddling in.
You need to be able to get yourself or your fellow paddlers back into the sea kayak after a capsize. It’s called a rescue.
This sea kayak course teaches you how to rescue yourself without the help of another kayaker. To rescue yourself with the help of another kayaker AND to rescue other kayakers who need your help.
So, we have 2 things to do in a sea kayak rescue – it’s that simple!
- Get the water out of the kayak and
- get the person in
…in whatever order you wish.
But it’s essential to remember to analyse the site and conditions before racing in.
Don’t become the next victim. This takes training and practice.
So take a course, learn the skills of self and assisted rescues and make your paddling a safer experience.
The things to remember in kayak rescues:
- Water out or person in – you choose the order.
- Assess the risk to you and capsized kayaker. Don’t become another victim.
- Take control of the situation. Be calm, decisive and positive.
- Use the other kayak to stabilise yourself while rescuing.
- Use your weight and kayak to avoid strain or injury.
- If in waves or wind, keep tight hold of the other kayak to avoid losing it or being hit by it.
- Fast and efficient, not rushed and sloppy.
- Use a scoop rescue for a tired or injured kayaker.
So with the basics out of the way, how does this day course work?
All our beginner courses use both single kayaks. The reason is obvious. Whether you paddle a single or double, you learn the same technique, but in a single kayak you have to get it right without extra help.
We use real-world practice conditions – we get into the water. This is a very wet day so come prepared accordingly.
After introductions to our fellow ‘victims’, we change into kayaking / swimming clothes. Nothing cotton unless it’s a hot day (when cotton is a great fabric). We always wear closed toed shoes in a kayak, so you will need a pair!
The essential checks, safety gear, kayaks adjusted, floats or watertight bulkheads to makes sure the kayaks can’t sink.
We buddy up to take turns in doing a series of capsizes (wet exits) and re-entries, either with assistance or by yourself (with help). These rescues will include the following:
- Bow to stern or boats parallel
- Scoop rescue
- Multi-boat rescues – Falconeri shuffle
You will also be the rescuer as well as the rescued. As a rescuer, you will learn to recognise the differences in the varieties of rough water rescues and be able to manoeuvre to and affect the needed rescue quickly, efficiently and smoothly.
There are only two type of sea kayakers:
Those that have capsized….
and those that are going to….
09:30 introductions – school begins at Lo So Shing VILLAGE Beach
Change into kayaking gear (wet gear).
09:30 – 10:30 Rescue theory, understanding the basic principles of how the day and rescue training will work. Practising exits and entries on dry land. (this looks extremely funny to people watching).
10:30 -11:30 Paddle practice – getting used to controlling the kayaks in a rescue situation means keeping the kayak under control. We take a short paddle to Mo Tat Beach to begin our rescue practice.
11:30 to 12:30 Lunch (BYO or buy at local restaurant)
12:30 to 15:30 Wet exits & re-enters – gradually working through the types of situations possible, x rescue, t rescue, – group rescues will be covered in this morning session. More rescue scenarios dealing more with self-rescue techniques, paddle float, flooded re-entry and pump out, injured swimmer rescue.
15:30 to 16:30 Short paddle back to Lo So Shing Village
16:30 to 17:00 Equipment clean and storage.
Change into dry clothing and a well-earned warm drink or ‘beer’.